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Attorneys for Paul Manafort, former Trump campaign chairman, submitted a poorly redacted filing on Tuesday revealing that Manafort shared polling data with a Russian operative during the campaign.

The information is in a filing that appears to inadvertently include details not meant to be made public and indicates a pathway by which the Russians could have had access to Trump campaign data.

The documents also reveal that prosecutors accused Manafort of lying about his contact with administration officials after Mr Trump took office. Manafort and Kilimnik have been close colleagues for years. The U.S. claims Kilimnik is linked to Russian intelligence, which is accused of leading the election interference effort in 2016, but he denies those ties.

"The same is true with regard to the Government's allegation that Mr. Manafort lied about sharing polling data with Mr. Kilimnik related to the 2016 presidential campaign", they wrote. Most of the information was public, though some included internal polling data, a source told The Times.

Mr. Mueller's team said last month Manafort lied about his connection with Mr. Kilimnik and a wire transfer to a company he was working with. He declined further comment on the filing. His attorneys added that "it is not surprising at all that Mr. Manafort was unable to recall specific details prior to having his recollection refreshed".

In a July 7, 2016 Manafort told Kilimnik that he was willing to brief Deripaska on the Trump campaign.

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Manafort's lawyers have argued he provided truthful information to the best of his ability at the time.

The filing did not provide further details on the Madrid meeting or the peace plan, although Mueller has scrutinized a proposal by a Ukrainian lawmaker that involved, among other outcomes, the lifting of US sanctions on Russian Federation, according to people familiar with the matter.

The proposal would have paved the way for the United States to lift sanctions on Russian Federation, a top foreign policy goal of the Kremlin.

Kilimnik, who has been charged by Mueller with obstruction of justice for allegedly tampering with witnesses in the Manafort case, has denied ties with Russian intelligence.

A spokeswoman for Deripaska has said he was never offered or received briefings about the Trump campaign.

The filing was made in response to accusations from Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who has been investigating interactions between Russian officials and Trump associates.

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Manafort had previously said "he did not believe that he had any direct or indirect communications" with any officials while they served in the administration.

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. It claims an unknown individual texted Manafort about dropping his name if the unidentified person ever met President Trump.

"As just one example, for several months Mr. Manafort has suffered from severe gout, at times confining him to a wheelchair".

The filing was badly redacted, allowing an unintended glimpse at previously undisclosed areas of Mueller's investigation into whether Donald Trump's presidential campaign worked with Russian Federation to influence the election.

U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson has ordered the special counsel to respond and set a January 25 hearing to air the competing perspectives. He pleaded guilty a year ago to conspiracy charges in Washington and faces sentencing in a separate case in Virginia, though none of the charges are directly concerned with the alleged collusion between the Kremlin and the Trump campaign. Manafort was convicted by a jury in a Virginia federal court for eight tax and bank fraud charges.

For the two charges he now faces in DC federal court, Manafort could receive 17 to 22 years in prison, his plea agreement says. If he is found to have breached the deal, he would lose any sentencing credits for acceptance of responsibility, prosecutors said.

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But prosecutors in the Washington D.C. case say he reneged on that agreement by lying during interviews. Manafort "lied in multiple ways and on multiple occasions", prosecutors wrote, saying "these were not instances of mere memory lapses".

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