A piece of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation is now out in the open — not that Paul Manafort's lawyers wanted it to be.
On Monday, Manafort's lawyers submitted a filing in the U.S. government's case against him, and a redacted version was made public on Tuesday. Except the public document wasn't redacted very well, and revealed that Mueller is alleging Manafort shared 2016 polling data with a supposed Russian operative.
The filing refers to Konstantin Kilimnik, an aide of Manafort's who's also been charged with conspiracy and is thought to be a Russian intelligence agent. Manafort "conceded" he "may have discussed a Ukraine peace plan" with Kilimnik, and said they met up in Madrid, another not-quite-reacted portion shows.
Yet another mistaken redaction shows Mueller alleges Manafort talked to "a third party" who wanted to use Manafort's name "as an introduction" if they met President Trump. In response to Mueller's allegations that Manafort lied to government prosecutors, Manafort's lawyers say any "misstatements ... were not intentional."
Manafort was Trump's 2016 campaign chair, and is currently in jail after being charged with obstruction of justice and financial crimes. He was cooperating with Mueller until the special counsel's office found that he told them "multiple discernable lies." Lawyers say his legal troubles and imprisonment are taking a toll on his health. Kathryn Krawczyk