Manafort accused of sharing polling data with Russian allegedly linked to Kremlin

Manafort accused of sharing polling data with Russian allegedly linked to Kremlin

Manafort accused of sharing polling data with Russian allegedly linked to Kremlin

A new US court filing shows that President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman shared polling data during the 2016 presidential campaign with a Russian-Ukrainian man whom USA intelligence suspects of having ties to Russian spy agencies.

The filing was badly redacted, allowing an unintended glimpse at previously undisclosed areas of Mueller's investigation into whether Donald Trump's presidential campaign worked with Russian Federation to influence the election.

The brief discloses, in passages inexpertly redacted and thus available to the public, that Manafort provided to Konstantin Kilimnik, a business partner in Ukraine with a history with Russian intelligence, poll data from the Trump campaign. It claims an unknown individual texted Manafort about dropping his name if the unidentified person ever met President Trump. He is believed to be in Moscow. Manafort then pleaded guilty to two other charges in September to avoid a second trial on money laundering, failing to register as a foreign agent, and obstruction of justice related to his work as a political consultant for Ukraine while it was headed by a Russian-aligned president.

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

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

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.

"We filed our opposition yesterday under seal", said Jason Maloni, a spokesman for Manafort.

Kevin Downing and Thomas Zehnle, defense attorneys for former Donald Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, leave U.S. District Court after a status hearing in Washington, Dec. 11, 2018.

Gates was instructed by Manafort to have Kilimnik pass the data along to Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska, the source told the Times.

Kilimnik did not respond to messages from RFE/RL seeking comment on January 8.

The peace plan refers to the conflict that erupted in Ukraine in 2014, after President Viktor Yanukovych fled the country amid mass protests.

The proposal would have paved the way for the United States to lift sanctions on Russian Federation, a top foreign policy goal of the Kremlin.

A spokeswoman for Deripaska has said he was never offered or received briefings about the Trump campaign.

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

Mueller accused Manafort in December of authorizing a third party to communicate on his behalf with an "administration official", despite him telling investigators he did not recall direct or indirect communications with administration officials.

But his attorneys on Tuesday chalked up the discrepancies to "confusion" on Manafort's part.

"For several months Mr. Manafort has suffered from severe gout, at times confining him to a wheelchair", the lawyers wrote.

In a statement, Sen. It's a major acknowledgment from the Mueller team that their investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election is finding potential contact between at least one Trump campaign official and the Kremlin.

They contended the 69-year-old Manafort, facing years in prison, had breached the cooperation agreement that was reached when he pleaded guilty to cheating USA tax authorities, violating federal lobbying laws and obstructing justice in connection with his long-time lobbying efforts for deposed Ukrainian leader Viktor Yanukovych in the years before he worked on Trump's campaign.

The case is U.S. v. Manafort, 17-cr-201, U.S. District Court, District of Columbia (Washington). At the time, Manafort's team said they did not have enough information from the government about their client's alleged lies to reply. He is due to be sentenced in that case next month.

Federal prosecutors convinced a jury in August 2018 to convict Manafort on eight of 18 bank and tax fraud charges in a trial in NY. In return, prosecutors said they would consider asking the judge for leniency at his eventual sentencing.

The longtime lobbyist is set for sentencing February 8 in Virginia before U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III of Alexandria, Virginia.

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