Manafort Reportedly Passed Trump Campaign Data To Russian Oligarch

Manafort Reportedly Passed Trump Campaign Data To Russian Oligarch

The specifics of the Mueller allegations were not previously known publicly, having been blacked out in a heavily redacted December 7 filing by the Russian Federation collusion prosecutor's team.

Paul Manafort's lawyers filed court documents Tuesday in response to Special Counsel Robert Mueller's allegations that he violated the terms of his cooperation deal by lying. "While his physical safety is of primary concern, it is important to note that the conditions of Mr. Manafort's confinement have taken a toll on his physical and mental health", the court filing says.

The error resulted in Manafort's attorneys disclosing that Mueller has accused Manafort of sharing polling data during the 2016 presidential campaign with Konstantin Kilimnik, a business associate who is suspected of ties to Russia's military intelligence unit, the GRU.

It also says that Manafort met with Kilimnik in Madrid and that they discussed a peace deal for Ukraine.

I was focused yesterday on the indictment of Natalia Veselnitskaya and only considered briefly the apparently inadvertent disclosures by Paul Manafort's lawyers concerning their client's contacts with a business associate with ties to Russian intelligence.

Kilimnik has been charged alongside Manafort with witness tampering as part of Mueller's sprawling investigation into Russian interference and is believed to have links to the GRU, the Russian intel unit blamed for hacking Democrats' emails in 2016.

Mr Mueller's team said Manafort had had a conversation with an unnamed individual who wanted "to use Mr Manafort's name as an introduction" if they ever met President Trump, according to the filings.

But Mueller's office said Manafort had lied about at least five subjects, including his interactions with Kilimnik.

The court filing was meant to rebut Mueller's contentions that Manafort continued to lie to investigators after agreeing to a plea deal for limited charges that would avert a trial on a number of other counts.




Manafort's lawyers have argued he provided truthful information to the best of his ability at the time.

It remained unclear if the polling information Manafort allegedly shared was public or private, though it raises speculation that the data could have been used by the Russians to interfere in the election in an effort to support Trump's candidacy.

His attorneys in both the intentionally released and redacted portions don't dispute some of Mueller's allegations, but the lawyer made it clear that they aren't requesting a hearing to review the facts.

The documents also reveal that prosecutors accused Manafort of lying about his contact with administration officials after Mr Trump took office.

Prosecutors said that they met 12 times with Manafort, and he testified twice to a grand jury, on October 26 and November 2. The second example identified by the Special Counsel is hearsay purportedly offered by an undisclosed third party and the defense has not been provided with the statement (or any witness statements that form the basis for alleging intentional falsehoods).

"These circumstances weighed heavily on Mr. Manafort's state of mind and on his memory as he was questioned at length", the lawyers wrote.

The schedule for court filings over the matter was set at a conference on December 11, with the court outlining the dates by which each side would have to submit filings related to Manafort's alleged breach of his plea agreement.

Manafort was convicted in federal court in Virginia in August of bank fraud and tax evasion connected to his work in Ukraine.

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