Manafort accused of sharing 2016 election data with Russians

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For the two charges he now faces in DC federal court, Manafort could receive 17 to 22 years in prison, his plea agreement says. Those portions had been redacted given Mueller's sensitivities toward ongoing investigations, Manafort's lawyers said, but the redactions were able to be read in the document filed with the federal court online.

The documents reveal that Manafort lied about sharing polling data for the 2016 presidential election with Kilimnik, and about meeting with the Russian in Madrid, during the campaign. (See Doc. 460 at 6).

Mueller had previously accused Manafort of lying about his interactions with Kilimnik, a Russian national who used to run the offshoot of Manafort's consulting business in Ukraine.

During the 2016 Republican national convention, the Trump campaign came under scrutiny for changing a policy proposal for Ukraine in a way that made it favorable for Russian Federation.

Manafort "provided complete and truthful information to the best of his ability" over the course of 12 meetings with government attorneys and federal prosecutors, according to a court filing by his legal team.

The filing revealed the first extensive details of what Manfort is accused of having lied about.

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.

Prosecutors said that they met 12 times with Manafort, and he testified twice to a grand jury, on October 26 and November 2.

In the document Manafort's lawyers referenced a December court filing in which Mueller alleged that Manafort had "conceded" to discussing the peace plan, which they argued was an indication that their client was forthcoming when his memory was refreshed of past events.

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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.

The lawyers said Ukraine-related matters "simply were not at the forefront of Mr Manafort's mind during the period at issue". Mark Warner, D-Va., senior Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, called information in filing "damning evidence of a senior Trump campaign official providing information to individuals tied to Russian intelligence in the midst of the Kremlin's effort to undermine our election".

Manafort agreed to cooperate with Mueller when he admitted to two conspiracy counts in Washington on September 14, a month after jurors convicted him in Virginia of tax and bank fraud.

U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson had given Manafort's lawyers until Monday to make a decision.

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.

The ex-Trump aide had been hoping for leniency at his 5 March sentencing under the plea deal. If he is found to have breached the deal, he would lose any sentencing credits for acceptance of responsibility, prosecutors said.

Under the agreement with prosecutors in his District case, Manafort also was ordered to forfeit an estimated $15 million he hid from the IRS, but was permitted to keep some property held with relatives. He's also suffering from depression and anxiety, it said.

The defence team says Mr Mueller's team has indicated it will not pursue additional charges against Manafort.

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