Manafort shared 2016 polling data with Russian employee, according to court filing

Manafort shared 2016 polling data with Russian employee, according to court filing

Manafort shared 2016 polling data with Russian employee, according to court filing

The redaction errors in Manafort's rebuttal show prosecutors believed he had lied about sharing 2016 polling data with Mr Kilimnik, as well as meeting him in Madrid and discussing Ukrainian politics while Manafort was managing the Trump campaign. Manafort reportedly asked Kilimnik to offer the Russian aluminum magnate Oleg Deripaska private briefings on the Trump campaign in exchange for debt forgiveness. But while it's unclear what the one Manafort and Kilimnik discussed might have entailed, the Times notes that Manafort and Kilimnik have a history of pushing Russia's interests in Ukraine.

Although the filing does not say whether the polling information was public or what was done with it, it raises the possibility that Russian Federation might have used inside information from Mr Trump's Republican campaign as part of its effort to interfere with the election on Mr Trump's behalf.

The errant admissions in Manafort's court filing also acknowledge that a person wanted to use his name when meeting President Donald Trump.

Manafort's lawyers did not respond to a request for comment on the matter.

The former Trump campaign chairman on Tuesday denied in a filing from his defense team that he broke his plea deal by lying repeatedly to prosecutors working for special counsel Robert Mueller III about that and other issues.

Mueller's team and attorneys for Manafort agreed in court last month to conduct informal discussions about the alleged lies before defense counsel responded.

Manafort met Kiliminik in Madrid in January or February 2017, according to Manafort spokesman Jason Maloni.

In the Tuesday filing, Manafort's lawyers said the disagreement can be dealt with through the sentencing process, because prosecutors have said they have no plans to file fresh charges.

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.

Manafort, 69, was convicted in August in a separate case in Virginia, for evading taxes on $16m earned as a political consultant in Ukraine and lying to banks to get loans.

Mueller accused Manafort in December of authorizing a third party to communicate on his behalf with an "administration official", despite him telling investigators he did not recall direct or indirect communications with administration officials.

But on Tuesday, Manafort's team sought to rebut those accusations point by point.

Days before his second trial in a DC federal court was set to begin, Manafort flipped - admitting he masterminded an illegal scheme to lobby for Ukrainians and launder the revenue. In return for his cooperation, he hoped to have prosecutors recommend leniency, possibly slicing years off his prison term.

U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson had given Manafort's lawyers until Monday to make a decision.

That hearing is now scheduled for later this month. Manafort, who has been in solitary confinement, has suffered for several months from severe gout, according to the filing.

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

For the two charges he now faces in DC federal court, Manafort could receive 17 to 22 years in prison, his plea agreement says.

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