Published: Thu, January 10, 2019
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

Unredacted Manafort filing hints at Russian Federation collusion

Unredacted Manafort filing hints at Russian Federation collusion

The filing contains new information about Manafort's connections to Konstantin Kilimnik, a Russian-Ukrainian business associate who was indicted past year on charges he tampered with potential witnesses.

In section of a PDF filed with the court, Manafort's attorneys said their client "conceded" (quoting a Mueller filing) that Manafort had spoken with Konstantin Kilimnik, a Russian linked with Kremlin intelligence forces, on more than one occasion about "a Ukraine peace plan".

In addition to winning the case against Manafort, Mueller and other federal prosecutors have secured guilty pleas for various offenses from Trump's first national security advisor, Michael Flynn, former campaign aide Rick Gates, foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos and Trump's personal attorney, Michael Cohen, among others.

Those areas included the polling data as well as a meeting in Madrid and discussions of a Ukrainian peace plan. At around the same time, Russian government operatives were allegedly hacking Democratic computers to help Trump and orchestrating a social media propaganda scheme to sway voters against Trump's electoral opponents. No response appeared on the electronic filing system in Washington federal court by the cutoff.

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

The latest allegations further detail how Manafort's work on the campaign intersected with his past worldwide work with Mr Kilimnik.

According to the filing, prosecutors say Manafort lied to investigators about sharing the data with Kiliminik.

The filing sheds light on Manafort's ties to Konstantin Kilimnik, a Russian-Ukrainian businessman who was charged a year ago with tampering with potential witnesses. Manafort pleaded guilty to obstruction in September, but Kilimnik lives safely in Russian Federation, out of the reach of U.S. courts.

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Roy said there was no effort to evolve a consensus in the Joint Committee of Parliament that examined the Bill. The bill is unlikely to pass the upper house of Parliament, which isn't controlled by the ruling party.

Kilimnik has denied ties to Russian intelligence.

Mr Mueller's team said Manafort had had a conversation with an unnamed individual who wanted "to use Mr Manafort's name as an introduction" if they ever met President Trump, according to the filings.

The revelations came to light via a faulty redaction. His legal team offered explanations of human nature as the reasons for his misstatements.

The filing does not say when the meeting occurred. He declined further comment on the filing.

Manafort's attorneys insisted in the filing that the exchange did not constitute "outreach" to the president. Manafort was convicted by a jury in a Virginia federal court for eight tax and bank fraud charges.

The former official will be sentenced for those crimes in February. By pleading guilty, Manafort avoided a second trial on charges that he failed to disclose lobbying on behalf of the Ukrainian government, and that he laundered money. In return, prosecutors said they would consider asking the judge for leniency at his eventual sentencing.

Paul Manafort arrives for a hearing at U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., on June 15. A public hearing is scheduled on that question for later this month. Prosecutors say Manafort violated their plea agreement by lying, but his defense insists it wasn't intentional and that his mistakes were due to illness, exhaustion and extensive questioning from investigators.

Prosecutors said that they met 12 times with Manafort, and he testified twice to a grand jury, on October 26 and November 2.

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