Unredacted Manafort filing hints at Russian Federation collusion

Manafort case goes silent on night when major filing due

His sentencing is now set for March, but the judge who will sentence him planned to first resolve whether he did indeed breach his plea agreement with prosecutors. Reuters did not independently review the filing, which was soon replaced in the public database with a properly redacted version.

While some of the redacted information was not a big deal, there was one section of the failed redaction that appears to shed light on Mueller's understanding of Manafort's roll in the 2016 presidential election.

The special counsel alleged Manafort "lied about sharing polling data with Mr. Kilimnik related to the 2016 presidential campaign", according to the unredacted filing. (See Doc. 460 at 6).

Kilimnik has denied ties to Russian intelligence.

Kilimnik has always been suspected to be central to Mueller's investigation into Russian influence in the 2016 presidential election.

According to The Times, Manafort and Rick Gates, his former business partner and campaign deputy, provided the information in spring 2016, around the time Trump clinched the GOP nomination.

During the 2016 Republican national convention, the Trump campaign came under scrutiny for changing a policy proposal for Ukraine in a way that made it favorable for Russian Federation.

Lawyers working for President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort have accidentally revealed the clearest evidence of coordination between the campaign and Russians, the media reported on Wednesday.

The defense filing on Tuesday was supposed to refute the claims by the special counsel that Manafort lied to Mueller's team despite agreeing to cooperate.

Manafort's lawyers did not respond to a request for comment on the matter. Manafort is suffering from depression and anxiety and is at times confined to a wheelchair because of gout.

U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson gave Manafort's lawyers until Monday to respond to the allegation in writing and said prosecutors must provide their underlying evidence by January 14.

"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 filing claims that the first alleged lie by Manafort was "related to a text message from a third-party asking permission to use Mr. Manafort's name as an introduction in the event the third-party met the President", which they argue "did not constitute outreach to the President".

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

Paul Manafort arrives for a hearing at U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., on June 15.

Manafort agreed to cooperate with Mueller when he admitted to two conspiracy counts in Washington on September 14, a month after jurors convicted him in Virginia of tax and bank fraud.

The longtime Republican consultant already faces a possible maximum, 10-year prison sentence in his District of Columbia case under federal guidelines for conspiring to cheat the Internal Revenue Service, violate foreign-lobbying laws and tamper with witnesses.

The ex-Trump aide had been hoping for leniency at his 5 March sentencing under the plea deal.

Manafort's lawyers say Mueller's team has indicated that it will not pursue additional charges against their client.

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