"I didn't know anything" about Manafort-Kilimnik polling contacts

Marsha Scott
January 13, 2019

Although the filing does not say whether the polling information was public or what was done with it, it raises the possibility that Russian Federation might have used inside information from the campaign as part of its effort to interfere with the election on Trump's behalf.

But US prosecutors have since accused Manafort of lying to investigators, complicating his efforts to get a reduced sentence in exchange for his cooperation.

Jackie Speier, a Democratic member of the House Intelligence Committee, said the revelations raised new questions about possible "collusion" between Trump's election team and Russian Federation.

Manafort, former chair of the Trump campaign, 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. He also did not tell the truth about his meetings with Kilimnik "on more than one occasion" to discuss a Ukrainian peace plan.

The defense filing was aimed at rebutting allegations that Manafort intentionally lied to Mueller's team after agreeing to plead guilty last September. This fact was revealed this week when Manafort's lawyers filed court documents that were improperly redacted.

Another witness, testifying against Manafort under oath, said Manafort and Akhmetov "knew each other well".

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Manafort provided the data to Konstantin Kilimnik, who is believed to have ties to Russian intelligence.

In their filing, Manafort's lawyers told the judge that they did not need a hearing to hash out Mueller's charges. Manafort spokesman Jason Maloni said Tuesday the Madrid trip mentioned in the filing occurred in January or February 2017- months after Manafort was ousted from the campaign and as Trump was taking office.

Russia, which illegally annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014, wanted a peace plan so the USA would remove the sanctions it imposed because of the invasion.

CNN reported Wednesday that Manafort intended for Kilimnik to give the polls to Akhmetov and another Ukrainian oligarch.

Manafort earned millions from his Ukrainian political work over several years, which included wire transfers from Akhmetov and Lyovochkin through offshore bank accounts, prosecutors said at trial. What is new is that Mueller thinks that Manafort is still lying about it. The request to use Manafort as an introduction to Trump came while Manafort was under indictment in two federal cases. Manafort denied that he was trying to hide the meetings he had with Kilimnik, who has also been charged in Mueller's wide-ranging investigation, and instead had just forgotten about them until he'd been presented evidence to refresh his memory.

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