Published: Fri, January 11, 2019
Global Media | By Jackie Banks

Unredacted Manafort filing hints at Russian Federation collusion

Unredacted Manafort filing hints at Russian Federation collusion

That detail was blacked out in the court filing, but it could still be uncovered and read.

Manafort's filing also acknowledges he met with Kilimnik in Madrid.

In his rebuttal to the special counsel's claims of dishonesty, Manafort exposed details of the dispute, much of which centers on his relationship with Kilimnik. A new court filing says Manafort is suspected of having shared polling data with a business associate who has links to the Russian intelligence service.

Manafort's lawyers wrote in an improperly redacted portion of the brief that prosecutors said he lied about "sharing polling data with Mr. Kilimnik related to the 2016 presidential campaign". But an unredacted section notes some events occurred while Manafort was managing President Trump's 2016 campaign. There are two known meetings during the campaign between Manafort and Kilimnik.

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"If he needs private briefings we can accommodate", Manafort wrote.

The filing also acknowledges he met Kilimnik in Madrid. A spokesman for Manafort's defense team declined to comment on the incomplete redactions or on Mueller's allegations, but lawyers later filed a corrected version of the document.

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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 allegation marks the first time prosecutors with special counsel Robert Mueller's office have accused Trump's chief campaign aide of sharing election-related information with his Russian contacts.

Manafort has been in jail since June 2018, after prosecutors accused him of attempting to sway witness' testimony against him while he was under house arrest.

Manafort's lawyers responded that any such conversation did "not constitute outreach by Mr Manafort to the President" and said the prosecution's second example was "hearsay". "He also suffers from depression and anxiety and, due to the facility's visitation regulations, has had very little contact with his family". While details are scarce, this certainly raises the question of whether the Trump campaign as such was covertly discussing policy and providing campaign analysis to the Russians at precisely the time the Russians were intervening in the election on behalf of Trump.

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

The gout, they said, has led to Manafort being confined to a wheelchair at times. He pleaded guilty past year to conspiracy charges in Washington and faces sentencing in a separate case in Virginia, though none of the charges are directly concerned with the alleged collusion between the Kremlin and the Trump campaign. That time could come in addition to his punishment for separate convictions in Virginia on tax and bank fraud charges. Sentencing in that case - which could result in a lengthy prison term - is scheduled for next month. In return, prosecutors said they would consider asking the judge for leniency at his eventual sentencing.

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