Defense lawyers accidentally reveal in court filings that Special Counsel Robert Mueller thinks that Paul Manafort shared 2016 presidential campaign polling data with an ex-employee with ties to Russian intelligence.
Manafort’s lawyers responded to Mueller’s claim that he violated his plea agreement by lying to them repeatedly. They inadvertently revealed some key information due to poor redaction of the filing.
In fact, during a proffer meeting held with the Special Counsel on September 11, 2018, Mr. Manafort explained to the Government attorneys and investigators that he would have given the Ukrainian peace plan more thought, had the issue not been raised during the period he was engaged with work related to the presidential campaign.
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.
The same is true with regard to the Government’s allegation that Mr. Manafort lied about sharing polling data with Mr. Kilimnik related to the 2016 presidential campaign.
Manafort’s lawyers were very sloppy. If you are going to redact sensitive information it’s smart to use effective tools to do so. I was able to copy and paste the redacted sections into a Word document and was able to read the content.
Separately, the Russian lawyer at the center of the Trump Tower meeting, Natalia Veselnitskaya, was charged in a separate case by federal prosecutors.