Russian-Ukrainian political operative was at Trump inauguration: filing

10 Février, 2019, 15:30 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Then-Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump gives a thumbs up as his campaign manager Paul Manafort looks on during Trump's walk through at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland US

That's according to a newly unsealed court transcript in Paul Manafort's criminal case. It makes clear that prosecutors have homed in on the repeated contacts between Manafort and his longtime associate, Konstantin Kilimnik, who the Federal Bureau of Investigation says has ties to Russia's military intelligence agency.

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Prosecutors also revealed new details about Manafort's later actions of interest to investigators.

The meeting and what happened at the meeting is of significance to the special counsel.

According to the transcript, prosecutor Andrew Weissmann said the substance of the meeting, which took place in NY just weeks after the Republican National Convention, goes to the "larger view of what we think is going on" and what "we think the motive here is". Prosecutors allege Manafort was talking about a redacted issue related to Ukraine as late as 2018. A redacted version of the transcript was released Thursday.

One of the discussions took place in person in January 2017 when Kilimnik was in Washington for Trump's inauguration, the filing said.

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Under his plea deal, prosecutors have only to show that their determination Manafort breached his deal was made in "good faith", which Manafort's attorneys have conceded. He's overseas and hasn't answered the charges.

Jackson is set to sentence Manafort on March 13 for two conspiracy counts. Her finding whether he breached the September 14 plea deal could influence how harshly she sentences him. Manafort faces a separate sentencing in Virginia for bank- and tax-fraud convictions.

Judging by previous court filings the topic at issue appears to be a "Ukrainian peace plan" that was reportedly aimed at lifting U.S. sanctions on Russia - long an important objective of Russian President Vladimir Putin's government.

Mueller got that information from Gates, according to the transcript. Mueller has also gathered evidence about Russian oligarchs.

And even The Daily Caller's Chuck Ross, a frequent critic of the Russia investigation, pointed out Thursday that the meeting with Kilimnick Weissman referenced was on August 2 - a month after Manafort sent a Kilimnick an email offering private briefings to Russian Oligarch Oleg Deripaska, to whom Manafort was reportedly in debt.

Deripaska sued Manafort and Gates previous year, claiming they defrauded him after he invested in a Ukrainian television venture in 2007 and 2008. And in 2016. there is an in-person meeting with someone who the government has certainly proffered to this court in the past, is understood by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, assessed to be - have a relationship with Russian intelligence, that there is [redacted]. The New York Times has reported the payment involved Manafort's use of money from a pro-Trump political action committee to help pay his legal bills.

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