Mueller Believes Manafort Shared 2016 Polling Data With Alleged Russian Intel Agent

Paul Manafort’s botched court filing shows he colluded with an alleged Russian intelligence asset

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. Reuters did not independently review the filing, which was soon replaced in the public database with a properly redacted version.

The filing says Mueller has accused Manafort of lying to investigators about sharing the data with Konstantin Kilimnik, a business associate who was indicted previous year on charges that he tampered with potential witnesses. (See Doc. 460 at 6). The US believes he is connected to Russian intelligence, but Kilimnik, who is not in US custody, has denied those ties.

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

Manafort's lawyers say he was awakened before dawn on the days he was interviewed and normally spent the entire day talking with investigators. While it is unknown if the 2016 polling data was related to the Trump campaign, the fact that Manafort was the chairman of the Trump campaign during 2016, certainly doesn't bode well for those still denying that there was no collusion between the campaign and Russian Federation.

Manafort "provided complete and truthful information to the best of his ability" over the course of 12 meetings with government attorneys and federal prosecutors, according to a court filing by his legal team. At a hearing in December, the federal judge overseeing Manafort's case in Washington D.C. asked the government to provide some "underlying evidence" to support the scant details they've offered about the content of his alleged lies.

Manafort's attorneys did not respond to a request for comment Tuesday about the filing error, though they corrected it in the court's official record.

"As just one example, for several months Mr. Manafort has suffered from severe gout, at times confining him to a wheelchair".

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The lawyers said Ukraine-related matters "simply were not at the forefront of Mr Manafort's mind during the period at issue".

In another faultily redacted portion, Manafort's attorneys revealed that an unnamed third party texted Manafort last May asking to use his name as a point of introduction if the person met with Trump.

Both men were indicted in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian election interference and possible coordination with the Trump campaign.

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

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

He was convicted by a jury in a Virginia federal court for eight tax and bank fraud charges.

Manafort faces a tentative March 5 sentencing date in his federal case in the District. Sentencing in that case - which could result in a lengthy prison term - is scheduled for next month. He's also suffering from depression and anxiety, it said. Manafort's team at first denied that their client was in breach, but they later said they may not fight Mueller's accusation.

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