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Manafort accused of lying about sharing polling data with Russian

Manafort accused of lying about sharing polling data with Russian”

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 lawyers said their client had no reason to misrepresent the truth in his 12 interviews with investigators late past year.

Attorneys for Paul Manafort incorrectly redacted portions of their latest filings, leaving the secrets that had been redacted open to discovery by anyone with a computer mouse.

And in a third redaction apparently gone wrong, defense lawyers revealed that Manafort may have greenlighted an unnamed third party to drop his name if that person secured a meeting with President Trump.

The Associated Press also reported Tuesday that a new court filing in the case indicates Manafort lied about sharing polling data on the 2016 presidential race with Kilimnik, an associate accused of having ties to Russian intelligence.

Mueller's team accuses Manafort of lying about five issues: Manafort's contact with administration officials; information "pertinent to another Department of Justice investigation"; his interactions with Russian-Ukrainian political consultant Konstantin Kilimnik; his comments about Kilimnik's alleged participation in a conspiracy to obstruct justice and a wire transfer to a firm working for Manafort.

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

Prosecutors say Manafort's lies breached their plea agreement.

Lawyers say Manafort suffers from depression and anxiety, has had little contact with his family and, on days when he met with investigators, was awakened before dawn to have hours-long interviews with little time to prepare for the questioning. 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.

"Manafort "conceded" that he discussed or may have discussed a Ukraine peace plan with Mr. Kilimnik on more than one occasion", his attorneys quote the special counsel as saying, and " "acknowledged" that he and Mr. Kilimnik met while they were both in Madrid".

They say the same about his recollection of sharing polling data with Kilimnik related to the campaign.

The request to use Manafort as an introduction to Mr Trump came while Manafort was under indictment in two federal cases. 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.

Mueller's team and attorneys for Manafort agreed in court last month to conduct informal discussions about the alleged lies before defense counsel responded.

Defence lawyers say they don't want a separate hearing before a judge on the lying allegations, but will address them instead during the sentencing process.



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