Ukrainian tycoon denies requesting or receiving 2016 polling data from Manafort

Manafort Lawyers Accidentally Reveal Trump’s Campaign Chair Shared Polling Data With Alleged Russian Intel Officer

Manafort Lawyers Accidentally Reveal Trump’s Campaign Chair Shared Polling Data With Alleged Russian Intel Officer

News of Manafort's coordination with the Russian, Konstantin Kilimnik, came to light by mistake on Tuesday when his defense team failed to properly redact portions of a court document meant to defend their client from accusations he lied to investigators.

In September, he agreed to plead guilty and cooperate with Mueller to avoid another trial in Washington federal court. 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.

Another witness, testifying against Manafort under oath, said Manafort and Akhmetov "knew each other well". Manafort, who sat in a wheelchair during a court hearing in October, also has severe gout, his lawyers said.

They say the same about his recollection of sharing polling data with Kilimnik related to the campaign.

The information was shared around the time that Trump secured the GOP nomination, and most of the data was already public, The Times reported. Mr. Manafort has not worked with SCM since then.




Manafort, former chair of the Trump campaign, pleaded guilty previous 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.

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

Giuliani also said on Wednesday that Trump's legal team told Mueller that the president will not answer any more questions in the investigation.

But that plea deal fell apart after prosecutors accused him of lying. President Trump denies any campaign collusion with Russian Federation. 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. Jackson also said she'd review all the filings before deciding whether to hold a January 25 hearing on the issue.

A jury convicted Manafort on eight counts of tax and bank-fraud in August during his trial in Alexandria, Virginia.

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