Manafort Allegedly Shared Polling Data With Russian Operative

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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.

But according to The Hill, court watchers were able to see the whole filing by copying and pasting the redacted sections.

In an improperly redacted court filing released Tuesday, Paul Manafort's attorneys accidentally revealed some of the former Trump campaign manager's concessions to Special Counsel Robert Mueller about contact with Russians and others during the 2016 presidential campaign.

The sections posted online also stated that Mueller's office believes that Manafort lied to prosecutors about his discussions with Kilimnik about a "Ukrainian peace plan" and a meeting that Manafort had with Kilimnik when they both were in Madrid.

Kilimnik has denied ties to Russian intelligence and is not in US custody. A new court filing says Manafort is suspected of having shared polling data with a business associate who has links to the Russian intelligence service.

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". Kilimnik has also already been charged by Mueller with witness tampering.

Manafort's legal team did not respond to an inquiry after midnight Tuesday about whether the document was filed, nor did a spokesperson for the special counsel's office.

Manafort provided "complete and truthful information to the best of his ability", the lawyers wrote in the 10-page filing.

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Manafort, after being convicted of various bank and tax fraud charges, had agreed last September to cooperate with special counsel Robert Mueller's ongoing investigation into allegations of collusion between Trump's campaign and Russian Federation.

Manafort is held in solitary confinement in prison, his lawyers noted, although they agreed it was for his own safety to be kept apart from the general prison population.

In its filing on Tuesday (local time) the defence was trying to rebut allegations Manafort intentionally lied to Mr Mueller's team after agreeing to plead guilty last September.

They add the other example of alleged contact with administration officials "is hearsay purportedly offered by an undisclosed third party and the defense has not been provided with the statement".

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

U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson has ordered the special counsel to respond and set a January 25 hearing to air the competing perspectives.

If he is found to have intentionally lied to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the government could seek a tougher sentence - including a maximum of life in prison. That time could come in addition to his punishment for separate convictions in Virginia on tax and bank fraud charges. If he is found to have breached the deal, he would lose any sentencing credits for acceptance of responsibility, prosecutors said.

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