Paul Manafort, the ex-head of the electoral headquarters of the US President Donald Trump s accused of sharing the polling data about the presidential election in 2016 with his subordinate who has ties with Russia, as The Guardian reported.
Konstantin Kilimnik, the political consultant of Manafort worked in Eastern Europe, particularly Ukraine, for pro-Kremlin politicians and it is stated that he had ties to the Russian special services.
Kilimnik studied at the university connected to Russia’s military intelligence agency known as the GRU, and which is stated to be involved in the Russian interference in the U.S. elections.
Besides, Manafort is accused of providing false data to the investigation about the meetings with Kilimnik. According to the investigation, they met twice in 2016 and they also had meetings in 2017.
In his turn, Robert Mueller, the U.S. attorney stated that Kilimnik “has ties to a Russian intelligence service and had such ties in 2016”.
The lawyers of Manafort stated that the meetings with Kilimnik really took place, but they were after the U.S. elections, and ex-consultant of Trump does not remember the details of these meetings.
Particularly, the investigation established that Manafort discussed a “peaceful plan on Ukraine” with Kilimnik; however, lawyers specified that Manafort was too busy with Trump’s presidential campaign to deal with the Ukrainian issue.
As we reported, President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort has been found guilty on eight counts of financial crimes. After a 16-day trial, Manafort was found guilty of five tax fraud charges, one charge of hiding foreign bank accounts, and two counts of bank fraud. The jury was unable to reach a verdict on the remaining 10 counts, and the judge declared a mistrial on those charges.
Manafort faces a maximum of 80 years in prison. He faces a second criminal trial next month in Washington on seven other charges brought by the special counsel, including obstruction of justice, failure to register as a foreign agent and conspiracy to launder money.
Paul Manafort is charged with laundering money and evading taxes over ten years of cooperation with former Ukrainian leaders. Previously, an investigation team released over 300 documents, which reveal the details of Manafort's cooperation with the currently disbanded Party of Regions - the-then pro-presidential and ruling political force in Ukraine.