INTERNATIONAL - Unredacted Manafort filing hints at Russian Federation collusion

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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 Mueller about that and other issues.

The former Trump campaign chief's lawyers said their client has been suffering from gout, anxiety and depression and that he never purposely lied to them during his 12 interview sessions with the special counsel and other prosecutors. Mueller said the breach of terms relieves the special counsel from its obligations to the plea agreement, but maintains all of Manafort's duties.

On Monday, Mueller's team alleged in a court filing that to the Federal Bureau of Investigation after entering into his own plea agreement with the special counsel in September.

The accusation could be important evidence in Mueller's ongoing probe into potential coordination between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin.

It appears that revelation was meant to be redacted from a court filing Tuesday denying that the ex-Trump campaign chair has been lying to Robert Mueller's team. The Associated Press was able to review the material because it wasn't properly blacked out.

In a July 7, 2016 Manafort told Kilimnik that he was willing to brief Deripaska on the Trump campaign.

Manafort's lawyers said their client had no reason to misrepresent the truth in his 12 interviews with investigators late previous year. "While his physical safety is of primary concern, it is important to note that the conditions of Mr. Manafort's confinement have taken a toll on his physical and mental health", the court filing says. A spokesman for Manafort's defense team declined to comment on the incomplete redactions or on Mueller's allegations, but lawyers later filed a corrected version of the document. There, it was revealed authorities believe Manafort lied about handing 2016 polling data to Konstantin Kilimnik, a translator and business associate that Mueller has connected to Russian intelligence.

The longtime lobbyist is set for sentencing February 8 in Virginia before U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III of Alexandria.

The latest allegations further detail how Manafort's work on the campaign intersected with his past worldwide work with Kilimnik.

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According to The Times, Manafort and Rick Gates, his former business partner and campaign deputy, provided the information in spring 2016, around the time Trump clinched the GOP nomination. Manafort dangled the briefings as he was mired in a dispute with Deripaska over a multimillion-dollar deal involving a Ukrainian cable company.

"That determination has not been made yet", U.S. Attorney Andrew Weissmann said when asked if the special counsel would lodge more charges.

In December Mueller accused Manafort in a court filing of telling "multiple discernible lies" related to five subjects, including his interactions with Kilimnik and his contacts with Trump administration officials in 2018. The court filing does not reveal when that meeting took place, but an unredacted section that follows highlights that it is "not uncommon, however, for a witnesses to have only a vague recollection about events that occured years prior" and that "these occurrences happened during a period when Mr. Manafort was managing a USA presidential campaign and had countless meetings, email communications, and other interactions with many different individuals, and traveled frequently".

It showed that Mueller had questioned Manafort on his discussions with Kilimnik in 2016 on a possible peace plan for Ukraine - where the two had worked together several years earlier for a pro-Russia political party. Russian Federation and Ukraine have been locked in a conflict since 2014 over Russia's annexation of Crimea.

He also shared polling data related to the 2016 presidential campaign with Kilimnik.

Another redacted portion provides more information about alleged contacts Manafort has had with Trump administration officials.

In Tuesday's filing, Manafort's attorneys said that person was "asking permission to use Mr. Manafort's name as an introduction in the event the third-party met the President", which "does not constitute outreach by Mr. Manafort to the President".

Manafort faces a tentative March 5 sentencing date in his federal case in D.C. 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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