Paul Manafort shared polling data on Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign with a Ukrainian associate who has ties to Russian intelligence, and also met with the colleague in Madrid while working on the presidential campaign, according to a court filing from Manafort’s lawyers published Tuesday.
Manafort, the convicted former Trump campaign chairman, is accused of lying to special counsel Robert Mueller’s prosecutors about both of those interactions with the associate, Konstantin Kilimnik. He also did not tell the truth about his meetings with Kilimnik “on more than one occasion” to discuss a Ukrainian peace plan.
Those details, as well as an exchange between Manafort and an unidentified person who was looking for an introduction with Trump, were not publicly known until Tuesday, when Manafort’s attorneys put them into a court filing that was supposed to be redacted. But cutting and pasting the blacked-out markings into another word-processing document showed what had been redacted.
Manafort’s attorneys filed a new version of the 10-page document more than an hour later with the U.S. District Court in Washington that again blacked out the material, but by then the earlier version had been downloaded and shared widely on the internet.