(WASHINGTON) – President Donald Trump's previous campaign chairman on Wednesday denied allegations he lied to investigators after he began collaborating with them.
Paul Manafort's lawyers left a heavily edited 10-page filing aimed at shutting down claims of special advised Robert Mueller's office that he deliberately lied and violated his prosecution agreement.
Manafort's duty to request conspiracy charges in September required him to cooperate with prosecutors and tell the truth about what he knew. Months later, the prosecutors accused him of repeatedly lying to them.
The lawyers said Wednesday that any inaccuracies from Manafort reflected an inconsistent recall of facts and events rather than a deliberate effort to mislead.
"In fact, many of these events occurred several years ago, or during a high-pressure US presidential campaign, he succeeded when his time was extremely limited," the defense lawyers said, or during the difficult time that followed his resignation from the presidential campaign. 201
Among the claims is that Manafort lied when he refused to share voting data from the 2016 campaign with Konstantin Kilimnik, a business association the US has said has tied to Russian Intelligence.
A hearing is set for Friday. Manafort, currently imprisoned in Virginia, asked for permission to skip it.
But the US district director Amy Berman Jackson denied the request and cited, among other things, "the number of court cases that have the right to suspend" and "the importance of the problems at stake." Columbia. He found himself guilty of eight financial crimes last year in a separate case in Virginia and will be sentenced next month.