Details of former Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort's alleged lies to investigators have been revealed in improperly redacted new court filings. But while portions of the filing were supposed to be redacted and shielded from the public, court watchers were able to view the filing in its entirety by copying and pasting the redacted sections.
Lawyers for Paul Manafort apparently mistakenly filed a court document Tuesday that revealed redacted material- including accusations Manafort shared 2016 campaign polling data with a Russian national linked to the Kremlin.
Mueller also has said in a previous court filing that Manafort lied about contacting administration officials after Trump took office. It claims an unknown individual texted Manafort about dropping his name if the unidentified person ever met President Trump.
According to prosecutors, he and Kilimnik contacted potential witnesses in Mueller's investigation, trying to tell them what to say if they were questioned - a federal crime.
The Mueller prosecutors, who for 20 months have been investigating Trump campaign links to Russian Federation and whether Trump, as president, tried to illegally obstruct the probe, contended that Manafort lied about least five subjects.
It's possible Manafort's legal team filed the entire document under seal, though with that approach they'd normally announce their intention to keep secret the filing in the case docket.
The New York Times followed up with more details of the hand-off, reporting that Manafort instructed Kilimnik to provide the information to Deripaska, a billionaire aluminum magnate with close ties to Vladimir Putin.
The former Trump campaign chairman on Tuesday denied in a filing from his defense team that he broke his plea deal by lying repeatedly to prosecutors working for special counsel Robert Mueller III about that and other issues.
Manafort met Kiliminik in Madrid in January or February 2017, according to Manafort spokesman Jason Maloni.
Manafort has been in jail since June 2018, after prosecutors accused him of attempting to sway witness' testimony against him while he was under house arrest.
"The second example identified by the Special Counsel is hearsay purportedly offered by an undisclosed third party and the defense has not been provided with the statement", Manafort's attorneys said.
The lawyers wrote that Manafort allegedly misled prosecutors about his communications with Konstantin Kilimnik, who was Manafort's associate in Ukraine when Manafort was advising the Ukrainian political party, Party of Regions.
The US believes he is connected to Russian intelligence, but Mr Kilimnik, who is not in US custody, has denied those ties.
The judge in DC federal court who has overseen his case, Amy Berman Jackson, gave him the opportunity to respond before she would hold a hearing about the facts of the situation.
Although Manafort's attorneys could request an evidentiary hearing on the claim he lied to Mr. Mueller's team, they suggested the matter be addressed in a pre-sentencing report compiled by the probation office.
Manafort was found guilty in August on eight counts of tax and bank-fraud in a Virginia case related in part to his work as an unregistered foreign lobbyist.
For the two charges he now faces in DC federal court, Manafort could receive 17 to 22 years in prison, his plea agreement says.