Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, has been accused by special counsel Robert Mueller of sharing polling data on the 2016 election with a Russian man believed to have ties to Russian intelligence, according to inaccurately redacted court documents filed by Manafort’s attorneys on Tuesday.
Sections of the filing were meant to be redacted, but the text underneath several blacked-out lines could be copied and viewed from the PDF file.
🚨 NEW: Paul Manafort's attorneys failed to properly redact their filing. They reveal that Mueller alleges Manafort "lied about sharing polling data with Mr. Kilimnik related to the 2016 presidential campaign". Konstantin Kilimnik has alleged ties to Russian intelligence. 🚨
— Jon Swaine (@jonswaine) January 8, 2019
The allegation relates to Manafort’s relationship with Konstantin Kilimnik, a Russian political consultant who worked for Manafort on campaigns in eastern Europe.
Mueller said in a court filing in March last year that the FBI assesses that Kilimnik “has ties to a Russian intelligence service and had such ties in 2016”.
REDACTION FAIL: Paul Manafort defense lawyer filing today is redacted in many parts, but secrets are revealed. https://t.co/2uEWXDFr8N Redacted on left below/ revealed on the right: pic.twitter.com/AI7jwlRId4
— Mike Scarcella (@MikeScarcella) January 8, 2019
In Tuesday’s court filing, Manafort’s attorneys state that the special counsel alleges Manafort “lied about sharing polling data with Mr Kilimnik related to the 2016 presidential campaign”.
The Hill reports:
In Tuesday’s filing, Manafort’s attorneys described it as “accurate” that Manafort initially forgot to cite meetings or contacts with Kilimnik in his interviews with the government but noted he later recalled them. They also noted that those contacts took place during the 2016 presidential campaign, when Manafort served as Trump’s campaign chairman.
They also contested the idea that Manafort intentionally lied about the $125,000 payment or information related to the other Justice Department investigation, suggesting that Manafort had been confused in his proffer sessions with government attorneys.
With regard to his misstatements about contacts with the administration, Manafort’s attorneys emphasized that Manafort did not “believe” or “recall” direct or indirect communications with two administration officials he was asked about. They said Mueller failed to present evidence he intentionally lied.
“To the extent that there are witness statements that the [special counsel] contends demonstrate Mr. Manafort’s intentional falsehoods, these should be produced to the Defense,” the lawyers wrote.