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". The accusation was revealed by mistake in a defense filing Tuesday after the information wasn't properly redacted as intended.
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. Trump has said there was no collusion between his campaign and Moscow.
The court filing does not reveal when that meeting took place, but an unredacted section that follows highlights that it is "not uncommon, however, for a witnesses to have only a vague recollection about events that occured years prior" and that "these occurrences happened during a period when Mr. Manafort was managing a US presidential campaign and had countless meetings, email communications, and other interactions with many different individuals, and traveled frequently". And we have long known that he sought to leverage his position as Trump's campaign chairman to reestablish a relationship with Deripaska, with whom his ties had soured.
Emails previously reported by news outlets show that in July 2016, Manafort told Mr Kilimnik he was willing to provide "private briefings" about the Trump campaign to Oleg Deripaska, a Russian billionaire with ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The conspiracy charges against Manafort are related to his consulting work advising pro-Russian politicians in Ukraine. But while it's unclear what the one Manafort and Kilimnik discussed might have entailed, the Times notes that Manafort and Kilimnik have a history of pushing Russia's interests in Ukraine.
The longtime Republican consultant already faces a possible maximum, 10-year prison sentence in his District of Columbia case under federal guidelines for conspiring to cheat the Internal Revenue Service, violate foreign-lobbying laws and tamper with witnesses.
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Prosecutors working for special counsel Robert Mueller had contended in November that Paul Manafort, who headed Trump's campaign for several months in mid-2016, had told "multiple discernible lies" during 12 interview sessions after he had agreed to cooperate with the investigation.
Federal prosecutors convinced a jury in August 2018 to convict Manafort on eight of 18 bank and tax fraud charges in a trial in NY. Despite the deadline, the public record of Manafort's criminal case in DC District Court has not been updated since mid-December.
The ex-Trump aide had been hoping for leniency at his 5 March sentencing under the plea deal. And in a text message, he authorized another person to speak with a White House official on May 26, they alleged.
Under the agreement with prosecutors in his D.C. case, Manafort also was ordered to forfeit an estimated $15 million he hid from the IRS, but was permitted to keep some property held with relatives.
Manafort has been confined to the jail in Alexandria, Virginia. He's also suffering from depression and anxiety, it said. Manafort's filing sheds little light on that transaction.
Manafort reached the plea agreement with Mueller in September after a jury found him guilty of eight charges of tax evasion and bank fraud by a jury in the U.S. state of Virginia in August.