Failed redaction reveals Paul Manafort's 'lies to FBI'

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Attorneys for Paul Manafort appeared to have mistakenly filed a court document Tuesday that made portions that were supposed to be redacted completely readable.

A major court filing error led to secret details of former Trump campaign chairman Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortManafort attorneys file response under seal to Mueller's lying allegations Russian lawyer who attended Trump Tower meeting charged in separate probe Manafort attorneys file answers to Mueller claims under seal MORE's criminal case leaking out into the public sphere on Tuesday.

A hearing has been tentatively scheduled on the matter for January 25 if the judge deems it necessary, though Manafort's attorneys did not request one in the filing Tuesday.

An unnamed person with knowledge of the situation told the Times that Manafort and his longtime business deputy Rick Gates shared the polling with the Russian, Konstantin Kilimnik, whom Mueller in previous court filings has alleged maintained links to a Russian intelligence agency including in 2016.

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.

The filing sheds light on Manafort's ties to Konstantin Kilimnik, a Russian-Ukrainian businessman who was charged previous year with tampering with potential witnesses.

Kilimnik has always been suspected to be central to Mueller's investigation into Russian influence in the 2016 presidential election.

Manafort's lawyers said in the filing that any discrepancies in his cooperation could be due to the hours and length of his interviews.

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Mueller's filing said Manafort "breached his plea agreement in numerous ways by lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation", including about his interactions with Russian associate Konstantin Kilimnik.

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. Manafort had told investigators he had no direct or indirect contact with White House officials since Trump's inauguration, but Manafort had been in touch with officials as recently as the spring, according to the special counsel's assertions.

Manafort's attorneys reported he has been suffering from severe gout, anxiety and depression - conditions that may have affected his ability to recall events during his tumultuous service on the Trump campaign.

It's only a matter of time until those fake Craigslist job listings to be Manafort's new attorney to crop up so we might as well revel in this ongoing fever dream of incompetence.

For the two charges he now faces in DC federal court, Manafort could receive 17 to 22 years in prison, his plea agreement says.

Federal prosecutors convinced a jury in August 2018 to convict Manafort on eight of 18 bank and tax fraud charges in a trial in NY.

U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson had given Manafort's lawyers until Monday to make a decision. Sentencing in that case - which could result in a lengthy prison term - is scheduled for next month. 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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