Published: Wed, January 09, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Manafort allegedly lied about giving polling data to Russian

Manafort allegedly lied about giving polling data to Russian

Paul Manafort had almost a month to respond to allegations that he lied to the Special Counsel's Office when he was supposed to be cooperating with them as part of his plea deal in his Washington, D.C. federal money laundering case.

Mueller's team had previously said Manafort lied multiple times, including about his contacts with Trump administration officials.

The details about Manafort's alleged falsehoods come just as Russian lawyer Natalya Veselnitskaya, who famously attended a meeting with top Trump aides in 2016, was charged in a separate obstruction of justice case.

Lawyers for Paul Manafort apparently mistakenly filed a court document Tuesday that revealed redacted material- including accusations Manafort shared 2016 campaign polling data with a Russian national linked to the Kremlin.

Manafort's lawyers said in the filing that any discrepancies in his cooperation could be due to the hours and length of his interviews. 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.

Prosecutors say Manafort's lies breached their plea agreement. They say he suffers from depression and anxiety, has been kept away from his family and, on days when he met with investigators, was awakened before dawn to have hours-long conversations with Mueller's team.

He led the Trump campaign during the Republican convention when, U.S. intelligence officials say, Russian Federation was working to sway the election in Mr Trump's favour.

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In addition, the defense document discloses a meeting in Madrid between Manafort and Kilimnik.

It showed that Mueller had questioned Manafort on his discussions with Kilimnik in 2016 on a possible peace plan for Ukraine - where the two had worked together several years earlier for a pro-Russia political party. Manafort spokesman Jason Maloni said Tuesday the Madrid trip mentioned in the filing occurred in January or February 2017- months after Manafort was ousted from the campaign and as Trump was taking office.

They say the same about his recollection of sharing polling data with Kilimnik related to the campaign. Manafort had told investigators he'd no direct or indirect contact with White House officials since Trump's inauguration, but Manafort had been in touch with officials as recently as the spring, according to the filing.

Manafort's attorneys also argued that some of the special counsel's arguments were not sound.

Manafort faces a tentative March 5 sentencing date in his federal case in D.C. If he is found to have breached the deal, he would lose any sentencing credits for acceptance of responsibility, prosecutors said.

The defense lawyers say Mueller's team has indicated they will not pursue additional charges against Manafort.

In the filing Manafort's lawyers said they would not seek an evidentiary hearing to contest Mueller's allegations of lying, arguing that such factual matters could be addressed in a pre-sentencing report.

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