Manafort accused of lying about sharing polling data with Russian

Manafort accused of lying about sharing polling data with Russian

Manafort accused of lying about sharing polling data with Russian

The schedule for court filings over the matter was set at a conference on December 11, with the court outlining the dates by which each side would have to submit filings related to Manafort's alleged breach of his plea agreement.

Attorneys for President Trump's former campaign chairman tried to obscure this and other revelations in a document made public Tuesday, but the text beneath the black bars could still be copied and pasted into a new document.

According to the court filing, Mueller also accused Manafort of lying about discussing a Ukrainian peace plan with Kilimnik during the 2016 campaign. He also shared polling data related to the 2016 presidential campaign with Kilimnik, Manafort's legal team acknowledges in their court filing. He had denied working for Russian intelligence.

The Mueller prosecutors, who for 20 months have been investigating Trump campaign links to Russian Federation and whether Trump, as president, tried to illegally obstruct the probe, contended that Manafort lied about least five subjects. 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 and President Donald Trump have long denied any collusion with Russians.

Manafort's lawyers said he "provided complete and truthful information to the best of his ability" during multiple meetings with a grand jury and prosecutors.

Tuesday's filing revealed the first extensive details of what he is accused of having lied about.

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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. Manafort is suffering from depression and anxiety and is at times confined to a wheelchair because of gout.

Mr Mueller's team said Manafort had had a conversation with an unnamed individual who wanted "to use Mr Manafort's name as an introduction" if they ever met President Trump, according to the filings.

"The defence contests the Government's conclusion and contends that any alleged misstatements, to the extent they occurred at all, were not intentional", Manafort's lawyers said in the filing to US District Judge Amy Berman Jackson in Washington, who is handling one of two cases against Manafort.

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". While details are scarce, this certainly raises the question of whether the Trump campaign as such was covertly discussing policy and providing campaign analysis to the Russians at precisely the time the Russians were intervening in the election on behalf of Trump.

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

Paul Manafort arrives for a hearing at U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., on June 15. Sentencing in that case - which could result in a lengthy prison term - is scheduled for next month. His attorneys say only that they have not seen evidence from the special counsel indicating Manafort's version of events is untrue.

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