Manafort lied about sharing polling data with Russians, prosecutors allege

Manafort lied about sharing polling data with Russians, prosecutors allege

Manafort lied about sharing polling data with Russians, prosecutors allege

Manafort's attorneys used a black-bar overlay on the PDF document they submitted to the court, but the overlay didn't eliminate the underlying text, which could be copied and pasted.

Mueller has claimed that Manafort, a political consultant, lied about his communications with Konstantin Kilimnik, who served as a translator and fixer on campaigns in Ukraine for a decade. The U.S. claims Kilimnik is linked to Russian intelligence, which is accused of leading the election interference effort in 2016, but he denies those ties.

In their response on Tuesday, Manafort's attorneys inadvertently revealed that the special counsel alleges Manafort "lied about sharing polling data with Mr. Kilimnik related to the 2016 presidential campaign".

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.

Following the filing by Manafort's lawyers, Jackson ordered the government to submit evidence supporting their allegations by January 14, and held out the option of holding a hearing on the matter on January 25.

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

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

The gout, they said, has led to Manafort being confined to a wheelchair at times. In other words, it's possible that this is a window into Trump campaign collusion, but it's also possible that it's just Manafort personally trying to, as he put it, "get whole" with Deripaska-something we already knew he was doing aggressively.


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.

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.

Manafort is expected to be sentenced in Virginia on February 8 and separately in D.C. on March 5.

Kilimnik has denied ties to Russian intelligence and is not in USA custody.

Prosecutors had accused Manafort of telling "multiple discernible lies" over the course of 12 interviews with investigators and two grand jury appearancessince his guilty plea in September in Washington to conspiring to defraud the United States and conspiring to obstruct justice through his undisclosed lobbying for a pro-Russian politician in Ukraine.

Manafort was convicted in federal court in Virginia in August of bank fraud and tax evasion connected to his work in Ukraine.

Manafort will not ask for a hearing regarding the prosecution's accusations, according to the filings. He is due to be sentenced in that case next month.

In addition to winning the case against Manafort, Mueller and other federal prosecutors have secured guilty pleas for various offenses from Trump's first national security advisor, Michael Flynn, former campaign aide Rick Gates, foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos and Trump's personal attorney, Michael Cohen, among others.

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