Robert Mueller Accuses Manafort of Sharing Poll Data With Russian

Robert Mueller Accuses Manafort of Sharing Poll Data With Russian

The goof resulted in Manafort's legal team revealing Mueller has accused Manafort of sharing polling data with Konstantin Kilimnik, a business associate suspected of ties to Russia's military intelligence unit, the GRU, during the 2016 presidential campaign, The Hill reported.

The information is in a filing that appears to inadvertently include details not meant to be made public and indicates a pathway by which the Russians could have had access to Trump campaign data. Trump has said there was no collusion between his campaign and Moscow.

The specifics of the Mueller allegations were not previously known publicly, having been blacked out in a heavily redacted December 7 filing by the Russian Federation collusion prosecutor's team.

He later pleaded guilty in a separate case to two counts of conspiracy to avoid a second trial in Washington, D.C.

Manafort's lawyers said their client didn't intentionally mislead investigators during a dozen debriefings after pleading guilty and agreeing to cooperate.

"These circumstances weighed heavily on Mr. Manafort's state of mind and on his memory as he was questioned at length", the lawyers wrote.

The sentences revealed in the filing certify for the first time Mueller's interest in Kilimnik's political actions during the campaign. But in December Mueller's team asked the court to schedule sentencing, saying Manafort had violated that deal by lying to investigators.

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In this photo from June 21, 2017, special counsel Robert Mueller departs after a meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington. 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. The U.S. claims Kilimnik is linked to Russian intelligence, which is accused of leading the election interference effort in 2016, but he denies those ties. Manafort dangled the briefings as he was mired in a dispute with Deripaska over a multimillion-dollar deal involving a Ukrainian cable company. They said Manafort was unclear on how the payment was recorded by his accountant. Mueller broke off the plea agreement November 26 telling a judge who will oversee sentencing that Manafort continued to commit crimes, which violated the arrangement.

Manafort also did not initially disclose having earlier discussed a Ukraine peace plan with Kilimnik on more than one occasion during the campaign, according to the filing. The US and European Union have imposed sanctions on Russian Federation over that move as well as the country's support for separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine.

"These occurrences happened during a period when Mr. Manafort was managing a USA presidential campaign", they wrote.

"It is not surprising at all that Mr Manafort was unable to recall specific details prior to having his recollection refreshed", Manafort's team wrote.

Another redacted portion provides more information about alleged contacts Manafort has had with Trump administration officials.

The errant admissions in Manafort's court filing also acknowledge that a person wanted to use his name when meeting President Donald Trump.

Judge Amy Berman Jackson, the federal judge overseeing Manafort's case in D.C., has ordered Mueller's team to submit its factual and evidentiary basis of Manafort's alleged lies by January 14. His attorneys say only that they have not seen evidence from the special counsel indicating Manafort's version of events is untrue.

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