Mueller Interviewed Trump Campaign Pollster, Manafort Associate In February

April FrancisJan 13, 2019

That could change, assuming that Trump's lying about this, but Mueller wouldn't have put this much effort into publicly undermining Manafort's credibility as a witness if that was a likely possibility. Prosecutors say Manafort breached their plea agreement by lying, but defense lawyers argued that any misstatements were simple mistakes made by a man coping with illness, exhaustion and extensive questioning from investigators.

"I didn't know anything about that", Trump told reporters outside the White House as he embarked on a trip to the southern border in Texas. On the eve of a second trial in Washington, D.C., the next month Manafort struck a plea deal with prosecutors. he agreed to fully cooperate with prosecutors and plead guilty to two counts of conspiracy in a separate case in Washington, D.C.

The revelation came this week in court documents filed by Manafort's defense lawyers that accidentally included details that were meant to be redacted. He also has a March 5 sentencing before Jackson in Washington for his guilty plea on conspiracy against the USA and conspiracy to obstruct justice.

Akhmetov's statement to CNN also said, "As has been repeatedly stated in the media, the work between SCM and Mr. Manafort and his consulting firm was completed in 2005".

They showed he shared the data with a business partner and Russian-Ukrainian political operative Konstantin Kilimnik.

In their filing, Manafort's lawyers told the judge that they did not need a hearing to hash out Mueller's charges. Russian Federation and Ukraine have been locked in a conflict since 2014 over Russia's annexation of Crimea.

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"Such a failure is unsurprising here, where these occurrences happened during a period when Mr. Manafort was managing a US presidential campaign and had countless meetings, email communications, and other interactions with many different individuals, and traveled frequently", the Manafort attorneys argued. "At the time, the special counsel had been digging into Manafort's finances and political work ahead of his trial".

The sharing of the polling data with Kilimnik was revealed this week, despite being redacted in a court filing, due to a formatting error.

The filing says that a May 26, 2018, text message exchange with Manafort involved an unidentified "third-party" who was asking permission to name-drop Manafort if the person met with Trump.

A statement to CNN on behalf of Akmetov said: "Mr. Akhmetov never requested nor received any polling data or any other information about the 2016 USA elections from Paul Manafort or Konstantin Kilimnik".

Mueller's team has also charged Kilimnik with conspiracy to obstruct justice and obstruction of justice.

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