Manafort accused of sharing Trump polling data with Russian operative

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In the court papers filed Tuesday, Manafort's lawyers claimed that "he attempted to live up to the requirements of his cooperation agreement and provided meaningful cooperation relating to several key areas under current government investigation".

The Associated Press said it saw a redacted portion of the filing by the Manafort lawyers that wasn't properly blacked out showing that Manafort lied about sharing political polling data with Kilimnik while he was working on the Trump campaign.

Paul Manafort, former campaign chairman for U.S. President Donald Trump, shared polling data during the 2016 presidential campaign with an associate accused of having ties to Russian intelligence and lied to federal investigators about it, according to a court filing Tuesday.

In those sections, Manafort's lawyers say he "conceded" having possibly discussed a Ukraine peace plan with Mr Kilimnik on more than one occasion.

The US believes he is connected to Russian intelligence, but Mr Kilimnik, who is not in US custody, has denied those ties. Kilimnik only faces a charge from Mueller related to allegedly helping Manafort tamper with witnesses following his arrest.

The filing says 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 Mr Trump.

In the new filing, Manafort's lawyers argue that he didn't lie so much as forget.

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The court filing was meant to rebut Mueller's contentions that Manafort continued to lie to investigators after agreeing to a plea deal for limited charges that would avert a trial on a number of other counts.

Manafort told a colleague in February - four months after he was indicted - he was in contact with a senior administration official through that time, prosecutors said.

Manafort's attorneys did not respond to a request for comment Tuesday about the filing error, though they corrected it in the court's official record.

Paul Manafort had almost a month to respond to allegations that he lied to the Special Counsel's Office when he was supposed to be cooperating with them as part of his plea deal in his Washington, D.C. federal money laundering case. "This does not constitute outreach by Mr. Manafort to the President", a redacted line in the filing claims, while another redacted sentence says another identified interaction is "hearsay purportedly offered by an undisclosed third party".

They say the circumstances of his confinement "weighed heavily on Mr. Manafort's state of mind and on his memory" as he was questioned. "He also suffers from depression and anxiety and, due to the facility's visitation regulations, has had very little contact with his family".

U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson has ordered the special counsel to respond and set a January 25 hearing to air the competing perspectives. Mueller broke off the plea agreement November 26 telling a judge who will oversee sentencing that Manafort continued to commit crimes, which violated the arrangement.

If he is found to have intentionally lied to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the government could seek a tougher sentence - including a maximum of life in prison. Manafort was convicted by a jury in a Virginia federal court for eight tax and bank fraud charges. If he is found to have breached the deal, he would lose any sentencing credits for acceptance of responsibility, prosecutors said.

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