An unredacted court filing by attorneys for Paul Manafort revealed that the former Trump campaign chair had shared 2016 presidential campaign polling data with his former employee, Konstantin Kilimnik — an individual who, according to the FBI, has ties to Russian intelligence.
The apparently inadvertent revelation indicates a pathway by which the Russians could have had access to Trump campaign data.
The former Trump campaign chairman on Tuesday denied in a filing that he broke his plea deal by lying repeatedly to prosecutors working for special counsel Robert S. Mueller III about that and other issues.
In his rebuttal to the special counsel’s claims of dishonesty, Manafort exposed details of the dispute, much of which centers on his relationship with Kilimnik. The Russian citizen, who began working for Manafort’s consulting firm starting in 2005, has been charged with helping his former boss to obstruct Mueller’s investigation of Russian interference into the 2016 election. He is believed to be in Moscow.
According to Mueller, Manafort “lied about sharing polling data with Mr. Kilimnik related to the 2016 presidential campaign” and also discussed Ukrainian politics with him.
“Manafort ‘conceded’ that he discussed or may have discussed a Ukraine peace plan with Mr. Kilimnik on more than one occasion,” his attorneys quote the special counsel as saying, and “’acknowledged’ that he and Mr. Kilimnik met while they were both in Madrid.”
But the attorneys claim any inconsistencies in Manafort’s answers to interviewers were unintentional, the Post said.
“Issues and communications related to Ukrainian political events simply were not at the forefront of Mr. Manafort’s mind during the period at issue and it is not surprising at all that Mr. Manafort was unable to recall specific details prior to having his recollection refreshed,” they wrote.