Manafort filing reveals alleged campaign communications with Russian operative


Sections of the filing were meant to be redacted, but the text underneath several blacked-out lines could be copied and viewed.

Lawyers for Paul Manafort appear to have missed a significant court filing deadline of midnight Tuesday to respond to the special counsel's office's accusation that he lied about five topics during his post-guilty-plea cooperation sessions.

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A new US court filing shows that President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman shared polling data during the 2016 presidential campaign with a Russian-Ukrainian man whom USA intelligence suspects of having ties to Russian spy agencies.

In another section of the filing, Manafort's lawyers revealed that he "may have discussed a Ukraine peace plan" with Kilimnik "on more than one occasion".

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Konstantin Kilimnik, is a Russian-Ukrainian political consultant and is suspected by the Federal Bureau of Investigation as being a Russian intelligence operative.

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, USA intelligence officials say, Russian Federation was working to sway the election in Trump's favor.

Kilimnik has always been suspected to be central to Mueller's investigation into Russian influence in the 2016 presidential election.

The defense filing on Tuesday was supposed to refute the claims by the special counsel that Manafort lied to Mueller's team despite agreeing to cooperate.

Manafort's lawyers argue in the filings he did not break his plea deal because he did not lie intentionally.

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

"While his physical safety is of primary concern, it is important to note that the conditions of Mr. Manafort's confinement have taken a toll on his physical and mental health", the document said.

Mueller accused Manafort in December of authorizing a third party to communicate on his behalf with an "administration official", despite him telling investigators he did not recall direct or indirect communications with administration officials. "This does not constitute outreach by Mr. Manafort to the President", a redacted line in the filing claims, while another redacted sentence says another identified interaction is "hearsay purportedly offered by an undisclosed third party".

"These circumstances weighed heavily on Mr. Manafort's state of mind and on his memory as he was questioned at length", the lawyers wrote. "He also suffers from depression and anxiety and, due to the facility's visitation regulations, has had very little contact with his family".

U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson had given Manafort's lawyers until Monday to make a decision.

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Manafort is scheduled to be sentenced on February 8 for his Virginia jury convictions for bank and tax fraud. His sentencing is now set for March, but the judge who will sentence him planned to first resolve whether he did indeed breach his plea agreement with prosecutors. In return, prosecutors said they would consider asking the judge for leniency at his eventual sentencing.