Mueller believes Manafort fed information to Russian with intel ties

Mueller believes Manafort fed information to Russian with intel ties

The court filing was meant to rebut Mueller's contentions that Manafort continued to lie to investigators after agreeing to a plea deal for limited charges that would avert a trial on a number of other counts.

Paul Manafort, the former Trump campaign chairman, provided polling data to a close associate during the 2016 campaign with instructions to share the information with Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska, according to a report. The Russian citizen, who began working for Manafort's consulting firm starting in 2005, has been charged with helping his former boss to obstruct Mueller's investigation of Russian interference into the 2016 election.

"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", they wrote.

Defense attorneys filed a response contesting special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russian Federation probe MORE's allegations that Manafort lied to federal investigators on a variety of subjects, in breach of his plea agreement. It claims an unknown individual texted Manafort about dropping his name if the unidentified person ever met President Trump.

Manafort spokesman Jason Maloni said the Madrid trip mentioned in the filing occurred in January or February 2017 - months after Manafort was ousted from the campaign and as Mr Trump was taking office.

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

"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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He also shared polling data related to the 2016 presidential campaign with Kilimnik.

Prosecutors say Manafort breached their plea agreement by lying, but defence lawyers argue that any misstatements were simple mistakes made by a man coping with illness, exhaustion and extensive questioning from investigators.

Prosecutors said that "after being told that Mr. Kilimnik had traveled to Madrid on the same day that Mr. Manafort was in Madrid, Mr. Manafort "acknowledged" that he and Mr. Kilimnik met" there, according to the filing. Until mid-2018, Manafort had a private cell, bathroom, shower, unlimited 15-minute phone calls, a laptop, and other amenities, but his conditions since he was moved to a different prison are likely far more spartan, but haven't been revealed.

Manafort has been in jail since June, after prosecutors accused him of attempting to sway witness' testimony against him while he was under house arrest.

Konstantin Kilimnik, is a Russian-Ukrainian political consultant and is suspected by the Federal Bureau of Investigation as being a Russian intelligence operative.

The judge in DC federal court who has overseen his case, Amy Berman Jackson, gave him the opportunity to respond before she would hold a hearing about the facts of the situation. Manafort's filing sheds little light on that transaction. But in December Mueller's team asked the court to schedule sentencing, saying Manafort had violated that deal by lying to investigators.

Manafort was found guilty in August on eight counts of tax and bank-fraud in a Virginia case related in part to his work as an unregistered foreign lobbyist. The request to use Manafort as an introduction to Trump came while Manafort was under indictment in two federal cases.

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