Former Republican official accused of sharing U.S. polling data with Russian

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Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, has been accused by special counsel Robert Mueller of sharing polling data on the 2016 election with a Russian man linked to Moscow’s intelligence agencies.
Attorneys for Manafort inadvertently disclosed the allegation in a court filing on Tuesday. Sections of the filing were meant to be redacted, but the text underneath several blacked-out lines could be copied and viewed.
The allegation relates to Manafort’s association with Konstantin Kilimnik, a Russian political consultant who worked for Manafort on campaigns in eastern Europe.
Mueller, who is investigating Russia’s interference in the 2016 election, said in a court filing in March last year that the FBI assesses that Kilimnik “has ties to a Russian intelligence service and had such ties in 2016”.
In the court document made public on Tuesday, Manafort’s attorneys state that Mueller alleges Manafort “lied about sharing polling data with Mr Kilimnik related to the 2016 presidential campaign”.
The attorneys denied several allegations of lying made by Mueller last month when the special counsel tore up a plea agreement with Manafort.
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.

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