FAST FIVE: Mueller Says Manafort Told "Multiple Lies" About Contacts With Trump Officials, Russian Intel Operative
One week after a “stunning turnaround” in the special counsel's probe of Russian collusion, in which Mueller accused Trump's former campaign chairman Manafort of lying and violating his plea agreement, late on Friday a filing by special counsel Robert Mueller's office detailed that Manafort lied to prosecutors about his contacts with an associate who has Russian intelligence ties and his contacts with the White House while he was under investigation According to the heavily redacted report filed in the criminal case against Manafort in Washington, D.C., Manafort lied during debriefings in recent weeks about communications and a meeting with his longtime translator and fixer, Konstantin Kilimnik, who is alleged to have ties to Russian intelligence.
Mueller's prosecutors filed a portion of the document under seal and redacted other key points from view.
Manafort also allegedly lied to investigators when he told prosecutors that he never tried to communicate a message to anyone in the Trump administration.
According to the filing, Manfort's principal lies relate to: Manafort's interactions with Konstantin Klimnik a $125,000 wire-transfer to a firm that was working for Manafort information pertinent to another DOJ investigation Manafort's contact with administration officials.
Separately, quoting another Manafort colleague, Manafort said in February 2018 that he had been in communication with a senior Admin official up through February 2018.