Paul Manafort’s lawyers bungle redactions on new legal filing - exposing new secrets

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Court watchers and the judge anticipated that the Manafort team would either push back on Mueller's team's assertions-like they previously indicated they would-or agree not to fight the special counsel as Manafort headed to sentencing.

U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson gave Manafort's lawyers until Monday to respond to the allegation in writing and said prosecutors must provide their underlying evidence by January 14. Manafort's attorneys redacted several key parts of the filing, but appear to have made an error by allowing the redacted portions to still be read online.

Manafort denied allegations from the Russian collusion investigation of Special Counsel Robert Mueller that he had lied about his dealings with Konstantin Kilimnik, arguing he merely forgot details during the hectic election campaign.

Let this serve as a reminder to all lawyers and anyone else with secrets to hide: Simply adding black highlighting to text is not an adequate redaction technique!

According to The Times, Manafort and Rick Gates, his former business partner and campaign deputy, provided the information in spring 2016, around the time Trump clinched the GOP nomination.

According to prosecutors, he and Kilimnik contacted potential witnesses in Mueller's investigation, trying to tell them what to say if they were questioned - a federal crime.

The filing also says Manafort has been accused of lying to investigators by saying that he did not discuss a Ukrainian peace plan with Kilimnik.

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"We filed our opposition yesterday under seal", said Jason Maloni, a spokesman for Manafort.

Defense counsel for Manafort claim their client "did not recall having a conversation" with two Trump administration officials and that his recollection about contacts with Kilimnik is "unsurprising", because "these occurrences happened during a period when Mr. Manafort was managing a USA presidential campaign and had countless meetings, email communications, and other interactions with many different individuals, and traveled frequently".

Prosecutors said that they met 12 times with Manafort, and he testified twice to a grand jury, on October 26 and November 2. Manafort allegedly shared the data while he was working on Donald Trump's Republican campaign.

They also said that Mueller alleges Manafort was in contact with someone who asked him permission to use Manafort's name "as an introduction" in the event that the person met the president.

Mr Kilimnik was considered Manafort's right-hand man in Ukraine and has been accused by the special counsel of conspiring to obstruct justice.

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His lawyers reminded the court that Manafort had been co-operative and had no motive to lie, having voluntarily offered his electronic devices and communications to the government. His sentencing is now set for March, but the judge who will sentence him planned to first resolve whether he did indeed breach his plea agreement with prosecutors.

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