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Unredacted Manafort filing hints at Russia collusion

IANS  |  Washington 

Lawyers working for Donald Trump's former campaign have accidentally revealed the clearest evidence of coordination between the campaign and Russians, the media reported on Wednesday.

Parts of a court filing that were meant to be redacted by Manafort's legal team, were released publicly on Tuesday, reported.

According to the filing, Manafort discussed a Ukrainian peace plan with his close Russian-intelligence-linked associate,

He also shared polling data related to the 2016 presidential campaign with Kilimnik.

The details are the closest public assertion yet in Robert Mueller's cases of coordination between a Trump campaign and the Russian government, as Kilimnik is believed to be linked to Russian military intelligence.

The peace plan that they discussed likely would have dealt with Russian intervention in the region.

At around the same time, operatives were allegedly hacking Democratic computers to help Trump and orchestrating a to sway voters against his electoral opponents, said.

Kilimnik has long been suspected to be central to Mueller's investigation into Russian influence in the 2016 The revelations in the court filing on Tuesday seem to confirm that.

The filing also acknowledges he met Kilimnik in Later Tuesday, Manafort said that meeting was in January or February 2017, after Trump was elected.

There are other two known meetings during the campaign between Manafort and Kilimnik.

Kilimnik has not entered a plea in courts and Manafort has pleaded guilty to the witness tampering allegation and has been convicted on several lobbying-related financial crimes.

Manafort has been in jail since June 2018, after prosecutors accused him of attempting to sway witness' testimony against him while he was under house arrest.

He was convicted by a jury in a federal court for eight tax and

The former will be sentenced for those crimes in February.



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First Published: Wed, January 09 2019. 09:02 IST