According to federal prosecutors, former Donald Trump
campaign manager and now-pardoned felon Paul Manafort lied to investigators about arranging for a Russian spy to share polling data on US citizens with him.
The information was revealed in court documents unsealed by U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson
According to the documents, Manafort lied about his relationship with spy Konstantin Kilimnik
while special counsel Robert Mueller was investigating suspected Russian collusion with the Trump campaign in order to influence the presidential election
According to documents filed in federal court in the District of Columbia, Manafort and his campaign deputy Rick Gates “periodically” fed internal polling data from the Trump campaign to Kilimnik, who then passed it on to the Kremlin.
According to a White House
fact sheet, Kilimnik, a “known Russian Intelligence Services agent,” was one of 16 individuals and 16 entities sanctioned by the Treasury Department last month for conducting “Russian government-directed attempts to influence the 2020 U.S. presidential election.”
According to the released documents, Manafort insisted he never told Gates to share campaign files with Kilimnik, but this was contradicted by emails and testimony from Gates.
According to federal prosecutors, the documents were filed to demonstrate that Manafort violated a plea agreement with federal investigators by lying repeatedly.
Manafort is also accused of lying about several conversations he had with the spy about Kilimnik's Ukraine "peace plan," which investigators saw as a strategy to divide the country and provide Russia with a "backdoor way to control part of eastern Ukraine," according to one of the documents.
Following the Mueller investigation
, Manafort was convicted of several crimes in 2019, including conspiracy against the United States
, conspiracy to obstruct justice, and tax and bank fraud, and sentenced to 7.5 years in prison. Trump pardoned him in December, declaring him an innocent victim of "perhaps the greatest witch hunt in American history
When asked if he contacted anyone in the Trump administration
following his convictions, Manafort told the Mueller team no, which was also a lie, according to federal prosecutors.
According to court records, Manafort stated after signing his plea agreement that he had "no direct or indirect communication with anyone" in the Trump administration "on any subject."
“The evidence demonstrates that Manafort lied... Manafort had contacts with Administration officials,” prosecutors wrote.
Kevin Downing, Manafort's attorney, could not be reached for comment Monday, but he responded at the time the motions were filed that discrepancies in Manafort's answers to investigators were due to "mistakes and failed recollections," not lies.
is offering a reward of up to $250,000 for information leading to Kilimnik's arrest, who is thought to be in Russia.