Manafort lied about sharing polling data with Russians, prosecutors allege

Manafort lied about sharing polling data with Russians, prosecutors allege

Manafort lied about sharing polling data with Russians, prosecutors allege

However, Mueller voided the cooperation agreement with Manafort after the former campaign chairman lied to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, as well as to his team, about contacts he had with Trump administration officials and his connections to Russian-linked intelligence officers two months after reaching a plea deal, according to the special counsel.

The New York Times followed up with more details of the hand-off, reporting that Manafort instructed Kilimnik to provide the information to Deripaska, a billionaire aluminum magnate with close ties to Vladimir Putin. Kilimnik only faces a charge from Mueller related to allegedly helping Manafort tamper with witnesses following his arrest. He is believed to be in Moscow.

The special counsel's office declined to comment Tuesday.

Manafort's lawyers denied in the filing that he had intentionally lied.

"These occurrences happened during a period when Mr. Manafort was managing a US presidential campaign", they wrote. His attorneys added that "it is not surprising at all that Mr. Manafort was unable to recall specific details prior to having his recollection refreshed".

Manafort's lawyers have argued he provided truthful information to the best of his ability at the time.

The Ukraine peace plan that they discussed likely would have dealt with Russian intervention in the region.

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.

The lawyers for Donald Trump's former campaign chairman were given a midnight deadline by the judge to file the documents.

Kilimnik has denied ties to Russian intelligence.

Through his spokesman, Manafort has acknowledged discussing the briefings but said they never occurred. Manafort, who has been in solitary confinement, has suffered for several months from severe gout, according to the filing. And in a text message, he authorized another person to speak with a White House official on May 26, they alleged.

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

In a statement, Sen.

Both men were indicted in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian election interference and possible coordination with the Trump campaign.

Moments ago, a court filing was unsealed in the case alleging that Paul Manafort had violated his plea agreement by lying to federal agents.

Paul Manafort arrives for a hearing at U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., on June 15.

The information was accidentally revealed in a defence filing that was meant to be redacted. He is due to be sentenced in that case next month.

Manafort was convicted in federal court in Virginia in August of bank fraud and tax evasion connected to his work in Ukraine.

The longtime lobbyist is set for sentencing February 8 in Virginia before U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III of Alexandria, Virginia. Manafort has also forfeited tens of millions of dollars in property. In return for his cooperation, he hoped to have prosecutors recommend leniency, possibly slicing years off his prison term. He's also suffering from depression and anxiety, it said. Manafort's filing sheds little light on that transaction.

Although Manafort's attorneys could request an evidentiary hearing on the claim he lied to Mr. Mueller's team, they suggested the matter be addressed in a pre-sentencing report compiled by the probation office.

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