Botched Manafort court filing makes public bombshell allegations in ongoing Mueller investigation

Manafort case goes silent on night when major filing due

Filing: Manafort accused of lying about sharing poll data

Mr. Mueller's team said last month Manafort lied about his connection with Mr. Kilimnik and a wire transfer to a company he was working with.

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.

You can go read the redacted portions yourself, if you like: Go to the filing, highlight a blacked-out passage and then copy-paste it into a new document.

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

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The filing did not provide further details on the Madrid meeting or the peace plan, although Mueller has scrutinized a proposal by a Ukrainian lawmaker that involved, among other outcomes, the lifting of US sanctions on Russian Federation, according to people familiar with the matter.

The lawyers said Ukraine-related matters "simply were not at the forefront of Mr Manafort's mind during the period at issue".

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.

Paul Manafort defense lawyer filing today is redacted in many parts, but secrets are revealed.

The defence team says Mr Mueller's team has indicated it will not pursue additional charges against Manafort.

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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.

In his filing, Manafort's lawyers said any inconsistencies in those interviews were unintentional.

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.

"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.

Manafort told a colleague in February - four months after he was indicted - that he was in contact with a senior administration official through that time, prosecutors said in accusing him of lying. Manafort denies the accusations.

His lawyers reminded the court that Manafort had been co-operative and had no motive to lie, having voluntarily offered his electronic devices and communications to the government.

Jackson has scheduled Manafort's sentencing for March 5, but the judge said she first wanted to determine whether he did breach the plea agreement.

Manafort, who earned millions of dollars for his political consulting work for Ukraine's former pro-Russia government, has emerged as a key figure in Mueller's investigation.

If he is found to have intentionally lied to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the government could seek a tougher sentence - including a maximum of life in prison.

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