Manafort filing reveals alleged campaign communications with Russian operative

Manafort filing reveals alleged campaign communications with Russian operative

The same is true with regard to the Government's allegation that Mr. Manafort lied about sharing polling data with Mr. Kilimnik related to the 2016 presidential campaign.

Konstantin Kilimnik, is a Russian-Ukrainian political consultant and is suspected by the Federal Bureau of Investigation as being a Russian intelligence operative.

Court watchers and the judge anticipated that the Manafort team would either push back on Mueller's team's assertions-like they previously indicated they would-or agree not to fight the special counsel as Manafort headed to sentencing.

But unfortunately for Manafort, his lawyers inadvertently ended up revealing new details about Manafort's alleged misdeeds by improperly redacting their court filing, as first reported by Guardian reporter Jon Swaine.

The lawyers for Donald Trump's former campaign chairman were given a midnight deadline by the judge to file the documents.

The attorneys denied several allegations of lying made by Mueller last month when the special counsel tore up a plea agreement with Manafort.

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

In the document Manafort's lawyers referenced a December court filing in which Mueller alleged that Manafort had "conceded" to discussing the peace plan, which they argued was an indication that their client was forthcoming when his memory was refreshed of past events.

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According to the unredacted versions posted online, the blacked-out sections showed that Manafort has been accused by Mueller of lying about his sharing of polling data on the 2016 campaign with Kilimnik.

Another redacted portion disclosed that an unknown individual texted Manafort about invoking his name if the individual met Mr. Trump.

Manafort's lawyers say he's suffering from anxiety and depression, lacks contact with his family, and had little time to prepare for hours-long questioning by the investigators.

Prosecutors said that they met 12 times with Manafort, and he testified twice to a grand jury, on October 26 and November 2.

Manafort's attorneys also argued that some of the special counsel's arguments were not sound.

They add that the other example of contact with administration officials "is hearsay purportedly offered by an undisclosed third party and the defense has not been provided with the statement". Manafort had told investigators he had no direct or indirect contact with White House officials since Trump's inauguration, but Manafort had been in touch with officials as recently as the spring, according to the filing.

Kilimnik had spent a decade working as a translator and fixer for Manafort's political consulting business in Ukraine.

But in Manafort's response, the electronic formatting for the redaction could easily be bypassed, revealing exactly what Manafort was accused of lying about. Manafort also was convicted last summer of financial crimes in a Virginia trial just outside Washington.

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