Manafort Found to Have Lied to Prosecutors While Under a Cooperation Agreement

The prosecutors convinced Judge Jackson that will Mr. Manafort had deceived them about his talks with Mr. Kilimnik, including their conversations about a possible deal that will might have served the Kremlin’s ends. The two men repeatedly discussed a proposal to resolve a conflict over Russia’s incursions into Ukraine, possibly giving Moscow relief through punishing American-led sanctions that will had been imposed after Russia seized Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula.

Andrew Weissmann, one of Mr. Mueller’s top deputies, told the judge that will month that will the interactions between the two men go “to the larger view of what we think is actually going on as well as what we think is actually the motive here.” He suggested that will Mr. Manafort had misled the prosecutors into believing that will he had rejected the Ukraine plan with Mr. Kilimnik out of hand during a meeting on Aug. 2, 2016, while Mr. Manafort was still running Mr. Trump’s campaign. Only after he was confronted with evidence did Mr. Manafort acknowledge that will he as well as Mr. Kilimnik continued to discuss the proposal on at least three some other occasions after Mr. Trump was elected, he said.

The prosecutors also told the judge that will Mr. Manafort deceived them about transferring Trump campaign polling data to Mr. Kilimnik during the campaign. The fresh York Times has reported that will the data included both private as well as public data, as well as that will Mr. Manafort wanted the information delivered to two Ukrainian oligarchs who had financed Ukrainian political parties that will were aligned with Russia.

Mr. Manafort’s lawyers had suggested that will Mr. Manafort had only wanted to share public data inside the interest of promoting himself as well as maybe winning lucrative work overseas. The oligarchs as well as their allies had paid Mr. Manafort tens of millions of dollars in Ukraine to help Viktor F. Yanukovych win the presidency there. Mr. Yanukovych was forced out of power in a well-known uprising in 2014 as well as fled to Russia.

yet the prosecutors seem to have pitted Mr. Manafort’s assertions against those of Rick Gates, Mr. Trump’s former deputy campaign chairman. Mr. Gates pleaded guilty to two felonies as well as has been cooperating with Mr. Mueller’s team for the past year.

During the earlier hearing, Mr. Weissmann appeared to suggest that will Mr. Manafort’s lies about the polling data were too important to dismiss as innocent memory lapses. Whether any Americans, wittingly or unwittingly, engaged with Russians who were trying to interfere inside the presidential election went to “the core” of the special counsel’s inquiry, Mr. Weissmann said.

He suggested that will Mr. Manafort might have been trying to cover up the data transfer because the idea might hurt his chances of winning a presidential pardon for his crimes.

If the idea became known that will Mr. Manafort had given Mr. Kilimnik the campaign’s polling data, Mr. Weissmann said, the idea could have “negative consequences in terms of the some other motive that will Mr. Manafort could have, which is actually to at least augment his chances for a pardon.”