Special counsel Robert Mueller accused ex-Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort of lying about sharing polling data with Russian spy, a court filing accidentally reveals.
The alleged spy, Konstantin Kilimnik, is a former business associate of Manafort’s who is criminally charged with working with him to try to tamper with potential witnesses against Manafort before his scheduled federal criminal trials last summer.
Mueller also accused Manafort of lying about a text message from “a third-party asking permission to use Mr. Manafort’s name as an introduction in the event the third-party met” President Donald Trump, the defense filing revealed.
Manafort’s lawyers meant for those accusations by Mueller to be sealed from public view, having blacked out sections referring to them in an otherwise public document.
Mueller has previously alleged that Kilimnik has “ties to a Russian intelligence service and had such ties in 2016,” the same year during which Manafort acted as chairman of President Donald Trump’s campaign.