Saturday, 19 Jan 2019

Mueller says Manafort told 'discernible lies,' about Russian intelligence

Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III said Friday that Paul Manafort, President Trump's former chairman of the board, told "multiple discernible lies" during interviews with prosecutors.

In a document filed in federal court Friday, Mueller also said Manafort lied about trump administration officials after Trump took office. Manafort had told them that he had had no direct or indirect contact with White House officials since Trump's inauguration, but Manafort had been in touch with officials as soon as the spring, according to the filing.

Manafort told a colleague in February – he was indicted – that he was in contact with a senior official through that time. And in a text message, he is authorized to speak with a White House official on May 26.

The text message came two days after the release of a posthumous forgiveness to box Jack Johnson. Trump has publicly mulled the possibility of pardoning manafort, which legal experts have said it could be influential.

Key points in the document filed Friday, September 24, 2009, 10:20 pm

As the campaign's trainer from March to August 2016, Trump associates and Russians. But the document shows how to fully Manafort's plea deal has unraveled.

Manafort was convicted of tax and bank fraud charges in Virginia in August. He pleaded guilty in September to additional charges, including conspiring to defraud the United States by hiding years of income and failing to disclose lobbying work for a pro-Russian political party and politician in Ukraine.

This plea helps to prevent a second trial in Washington and the United States of America.

Last week, however, that they believed Manafort had breached the agreement by lying to them repeatedly. Manafort's lawyers said that Manafort did not believe he lied or violated the deal.

Manafort is lying in the new filing. For now, they have explained that they must be "in many ways," said they said,

The prosecutors said Manafort has met with special counsel investigators 12 times. At four of those meetings, prosecutors from outside the office of the special counselor attended – a sign that he was questioned in connection with investigations separate from Mueller's probe. He also testified twice before Mueller's grand jury.

Prosecutors said Friday that Manafort had a number of different aspects of the investigation, including that of Konstantin Kilimnik, a Russian employee of Manafort's political consulting firm.

Manafort puts Kilimnik, August 2016 in New York City. Kilimnik has told The Washington Post at the New York meeting.

Much of a section of the filing dealing with Kilimnik was redacted, but the prosecutors pointed out that they were able to prove that Manafort "lied repeatedly" about his interactions with the Russian aid.

Manafort hired Kilimnik in 2005 to serve as a translator and office manager for the Kiev office of his political consulting business. Kilimnik was a key liaison for Manafort to politicians in Ukraine and to Russian businessmen, notably Oleg Deripaska, an aluminum magnate who had partnered with Manafort on a business deal.

Kilimnik, who is believed to be in Russia, has been forced by the Ministry of Manafort's work in Ukraine. According to the new filing, Manafort pleaded guilty to conspiring with Kilimnik in an effort to compel witnesses in the case of false testimony, only to deny it in a post-plea interview, before reversing himself again and conceding that his plea was truthful.

The special counsel also accused of a $ 125,000 wire transfer. It is unclear how that deals with the conspiracies detailed in Manafort's plea agreement, but prosecutors said Manafort repeatedly about details of the transaction.

In addition, Manafort has been interviewed in a special investigation by the special counsel's office, according to the short filing. Prosecutors said he has a lied in connection with that case as well.

Manafort, 69, who is in jail in Alexandria, is one of five training Trump campaign aids who have pleaded guilty to crimes as part of the special counsel investigation. Trump has distanced himself from his onetime campaign chairman, stressing that Manafort worked for him for only a few months.

Purpose Manafort was present for moments that are important to the Russia investigation. For instance, he attended a meeting with a Russian lawyer at Trump Tower by Donald Trump Jr. after the president was told by Hillary Clinton. And he was at Trump's side in July 2016 as WikiLeaks released thousands of emails stolen from the Democratic Party.

He also has extensive connections to business executives and politicians in the Soviet Union, because of his years as an international political consultant, especially because of his work for a Russian-backed president of Ukraine.


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