Mueller Suspects Manafort Gave 2016 Polling Data to Russian

Manafort case goes silent on night when major filing due

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.

Manafort's lawyers appear to have made a mistake in the filing, allowing redacted portions to be revealed via copying and pasting the text into a new document.

Mr Mueller is investigating alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

He accepted a plea deal on his other charges in exchange for co-operating with Mr Mueller's inquiry.

There, it was revealed authorities believe Manafort lied about handing 2016 polling data to Konstantin Kilimnik, a translator and business associate that Mueller has connected to Russian intelligence.

Manafort's attorneys disputed the characterization Manafort authorized the unnamed person to communicate with Trump on his behalf, according to the redacted details of the filing, The Hill reported.

They contended the 69-year-old Manafort, facing years in prison, had breached the cooperation agreement that was reached when he pleaded guilty to cheating US tax authorities, violating federal lobbying laws and obstructing justice in connection with his long-time lobbying efforts for deposed Ukrainian leader Viktor Yanukovych in the years before he worked on Trump's campaign. The revelations in the court filing Tuesday seem to confirm that.

On Tuesday, Manafort's attorneys argued that their client did not intentionally mislead government prosecutors, describing his physical and mental well-being as severely impacted by his months of confinement in federal prison.

Prosecutors also think Manafort and Kilimnik may have met in Madrid, during the campaign, to discuss a possible Ukraine peace plan, according to another passage of the new document. His attorneys added that "it is not surprising at all that Mr. Manafort was unable to recall specific details prior to having his recollection refreshed".

"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", they wrote.

The lawyers said Manafort was suffering from gout, anxiety and depression and never purposely lied.

Manafort is scheduled to be sentenced on February 8 in Virginia and on March 5 in Washington.

Manafort has been in jail since June, after prosecutors accused him of attempting to sway witness' testimony against him while he was under house arrest.

In his rebuttal to the special counsel's claims of dishonesty, Manafort exposed details of the dispute, much of which centers on his relationship with Kilimnik.

Manafort then pleaded guilty to two other charges in September to avoid a second trial on money laundering, failing to register as a foreign agent, and obstruction of justice related to his work as a political consultant for Ukraine while it was headed by a Russian-aligned president.

Media captionDonald Trump: "I feel very badly for Paul Manafort" What's next? Manafort "lied in multiple ways and on multiple occasions", prosecutors wrote, saying "these were not instances of mere memory lapses".

His lawyers reminded the court that Manafort had been co-operative and had no motive to lie, having voluntarily offered his electronic devices and communications to the government.

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