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Manafort accused of sharing Trump polling data with Russian operative

Donald Trump is seen with Paul Manafort during the Republican National Convention in July 2016 The Independent Donald Trump is seen with Paul Manafort during the Republican National Convention in July 2016
Jeannette Daniel | 09 January, 2019, 08:20

Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort is suffering from depression and anxiety due to the conditions of his confinement, his lawyers revealed in a court filing on Tuesday.

Defense counsel for Manafort claim their client "did not recall having a conversation" with two Trump administration officials and that his recollection about contacts with Kilimnik is "unsurprising", because "these occurrences happened during a period when Mr. Manafort was managing a US presidential campaign and had countless meetings, email communications, and other interactions with many different individuals, and traveled frequently".

"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", the redacted parts of the document read. (See Doc. 460 at 6).

Mueller had previously accused Manafort of lying about his interactions with Kilimnik, a Russian national who used to run the offshoot of Manafort's consulting business in Ukraine. Kilimnik has also already been charged by Mueller with witness tampering.

The failed redaction clearly shows that investigators believe Manafort lied to them about his ties to the alleged intel operative working for the Kremlin.

In another faultily redacted portion, Manafort's lawyers disclosed an unnamed third party texted Manafort last May asking to use his name as a point of introduction if the person met with President Donald Trump, The Hill reported.

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According to that memo, Manafort lied about several things in breach of his plea deal, including his contact with Konstantin Kilimnik, who ran Manafort's office in Kiev.

The defense filing followed an explosive assertion from prosecutor Andrew Weissmann that Manafort had told "multiple, discernible lies", blowing up a plea deal they reached one day before jury selection was scheduled to begin in a federal court in Washington, D.C. They said Manafort was unclear on how the payment was recorded by his accountant.

The filing also says Manafort has been accused of lying to investigators by saying that he did not discuss a Ukrainian peace plan with Kilimnik.

In the Tuesday filing, Manafort's lawyers said the disagreement can be dealt with through the sentencing process, because prosecutors have said they have no plans to file fresh charges.

Manafort's lawyers responded that any such conversation did "not constitute outreach by Mr Manafort to the President" and said the prosecution's second example was "hearsay".

Kilimnik has denied ties to Russian intelligence.

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