Mueller Met With Trump's Campaign Pollster, a Former Manafort Associate

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13 January, 2019

Fabrizio is a valuable asset for Mueller's team, as he is one of the few people close to Manafort with inside knowledge about the Trump campaign's inner-workings and could shed light on the work Manafort did in Eastern Europe for Russian oligarchs.

U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson ordered Mueller to respond by January 14 with "factual and evidentiary basis" for why it is accusing Manafort of lying during his cooperation.

He said that agreement would be a "conspiracy", whether or not the Trump campaign actually got anything of value from the Russians.

They also defended their client's recollections of his meetings with Kilimnik, a Russian-Ukrainian citizen who served as his key representative on the ground in Ukraine during a series of political campaigns in which Manafort served as a highly paid consultant.

The court documents also accidentally revealed that Manafort met with Kilimnik to discuss a peace plan with Ukraine. On the eve of a second trial in Washington, D.C., the next month Manafort struck a plea deal with prosecutors. he agreed to fully cooperate with prosecutors and plead guilty to two counts of conspiracy in a separate case in Washington, D.C. 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.

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According to CNN, Manafort told his accountant in a November 2016 email to expect a $2.4 million payment for consulting work he performed in Ukraine.

Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort departs from U.S. District Court in Washington, U.S., February 28, 2018. But Akhmetov's denial leaves open the possibility that the campaign data made its way to others in Ukraine or Russian Federation.

Another witness, testifying against Manafort under oath, said Manafort and Akhmetov "knew each other well".

They say the same about his recollection of sharing polling data with Kilimnik related to the campaign. What is new is that Mueller thinks that Manafort is still lying about it. Manafort denied that he was trying to hide the meetings he had with Kilimnik, who has also been charged in Mueller's wide-ranging investigation, and instead had just forgotten about them until he'd been presented evidence to refresh his memory. Prosecutors say Manafort acknowledged the meeting only after being told that they were in the same city on the same day.


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