nearvideo Manafort accused of giving info to the Russian consultant
The former trump-campaign-Chairman Paul Manafort was sharing polling data of the accused during the 2016 presidential elections with a business partner, allegedly connected with the Russian intelligence, and then lying about it to the Prosecutor’s office.
Special Counsel Robert Mueller, the team said, Manafort “song about sharing polling data with Mr. Kilimnik, in connection with the 2016 presidential campaign”. The prosecution has not been revealed by the errors in the defense filing Tuesday after the information is properly redacted as intended.
The filing sheds light on Manafort connections to Konstantin Kilimnik, a Russian-Ukrainian businessman, was charged last year with tampering with potential witnesses. The US claims Kilimnik is with Russian intelligence, which is accused of carrying out the election interference cost in the year of 2016, but he denies these links.
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It remained unclear, whether the polling-information Manafort was allegedly shared, public or private, but it increases the speculation that the data could have been used to disturb the Russians, in the election, in an effort to support Trump’s candidacy.
This is the first time prosecutors with Müller’s team accused the President of Trump associate of being in contact with a Russian contact in relation to the presidential election.
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Manafort has long been in the crosshairs of the Müller-team, after it was loaded early in the Russia investigation. He pleaded guilty last year to conspiracy charges in Washington and faces, the conviction in another case in Virginia, although none of the allegations that are directly concerned with the alleged collusion between the Kremlin and the trump campaign.
The defense filing was expected on Tuesday, refuted the claims of the special counsel, Manafort lied to Müller team to cooperate in spite of consent. Prosecutors say Manafort violated his plea agreement by lying, but in his defence, it was not intended, and that his errors were due to disease, exhaustion, and extensive questioning by investigators.
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Manafort, the lawyers say, he suffers from anxiety and depression, there is a lack of contact with his family, and little time for preparation the hours-long questioning by the investigators.
“Under these circumstances, heavily loaded Mr Manafort state of mind and his memory, as he was interviewed at length,” the lawyers wrote.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.