Manafort filing reveals alleged campaign communications with Russian operative

Can you redact that suit jacket though

Manafort's attorneys argue in the filing that he had answered the special counsel's questions truthfully to the best of his ability, but that his work on Ukrainian political events and of the alleged information sharing with Kilimnik "simply were not at the forefront of Mr. Manafort's mind during the period at issue".

As noticed by Mike Scarcella of Law.com, the redacted portions of the new filings in Manafort's case can be accessed by copying and pasting the portions that are blacked out.

Mueller claimed in a November 26 filing that Manafort breached his plea deal and "committed federal crimes by lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the special counsel's office on a variety of subject matters".

Before sending the document to a public database for federal court filings, lawyers for Manafort had tried to black out the portion on polling data and other information about Manafort's interactions with Konstantin Kilimnik, a former business partner of Manafort's who Mueller has claimed in court filings has ties to Russian intelligence. (See Doc. 460 at 6).

The filing says Mueller has accused Manafort of lying to investigators about sharing the data with Konstantin Kilimnik, a business associate who was indicted a year ago on charges that he tampered with potential witnesses.

Manafort also "acknowledged" having met Mr Kilimnik "after being told" that the two were both in Madrid on the same day.

The failed redaction clearly shows that investigators believe Manafort lied to them about his ties to the alleged intel operative working for the Kremlin. 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. They said Manafort was unclear on how the payment was recorded by his accountant.

Court watchers and the judge anticipated that the Manafort team would either push back on Mueller's team's assertions-like they previously indicated they would-or agree not to fight the special counsel as Manafort headed to sentencing.

The filing says that a May 26, 2018, text message exchange with Manafort involved an unidentified "third-party" who was asking permission to name-drop Manafort if the person met with Trump.

Manafort was among the first Americans charged in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation and has been among the central characters in the case.

"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.

Manafort will not ask for a hearing regarding the prosecution's accusations, according to the filings.

The ex-Trump aide had been hoping for leniency at his 5 March sentencing under the plea deal.

The conspiracy charges against Manafort are related to his consulting work advising pro-Russian politicians in Ukraine.

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