Thursday, 17 January, 2019

Manafort lied about sharing polling data with Russians, prosecutors allege

Manafort’s Lawyers Accidentally Revealed an Exchange Between the Trump Campaign and a Man Trained by Russian Military Intelligence Filing: Manafort accused of lying about sharing poll data
Ellis Copeland | 09 January, 2019, 08:28

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.

The apparently inadvertent revelation indicates a pathway by which the Russians could have had access to Trump campaign data.

The schedule for court filings over the matter was set at a conference on December 11, with the court outlining the dates by which each side would have to submit filings related to Manafort's alleged breach of his plea agreement.

Mr Kilimnik was considered Manafort's right-hand man in Ukraine and has been accused by the special counsel of conspiring to obstruct justice.

Special counsel prosecutors accused Manafort in November of breaking a plea deal by lying to the special counsel's office.

Manafort was among the first Americans charged in Mueller's investigation and has been among the central characters in the case, having led the campaign during the Republican convention and as, U.S intelligence officials say, Russian Federation was working to sway the election in Trump's favor.

Manafort's team at first denied that their client was in breach, but they later said they may not fight Mueller's accusation. 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.

"The second example identified by the Special Counsel is hearsay purportedly offered by an undisclosed third party and the defense has not been provided with the statement", Manafort's attorneys said.

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Defense attorneys wrote that Manafort's months in solitary confinement at the Alexandria jail in Virginia have "taken a toll on his physical and mental health".

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. "He also suffers from depression and anxiety and, due to the facility's Visitation regulations, has had very little contact with his family".

The Russian citizen was a long-time employee of Manafort's political consulting firm and had done extensive lobbying work for him in Ukraine on behalf of the country's then pro-Russian President, Viktor Yanukovych.

U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson set a January 14 deadline for prosecutors to submit "the factual and evidentiary basis of the five alleged breaches" of Manafort's deal.

Manafort is scheduled to be sentenced on February 8 for his Virginia jury convictions for bank and tax fraud. The request to use Manafort as an introduction to Trump came while Manafort was under indictment in two federal cases.

But prosecutors in the Washington D.C. case say he reneged on that agreement by lying during interviews.

Prosecutors said Manafort also lied about the circumstances of a $125,000 wire transfer in 2017.

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