Details of former Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort's alleged lies to investigators have been revealed in improperly redacted new court filings.
The specifics of the Mueller allegations were not previously known publicly, having been blacked out in a heavily redacted December 7 filing by the Russian Federation collusion prosecutor's team.
The details accidentally released Tuesday are the closest public assertion yet in the Mueller cases of coordination between a Trump campaign official and the Russian government, as Kilimnik is believed to be linked to Russian military intelligence.
Manafort was among the first Americans charged in Mueller's investigation and has been among the central characters in the case, having led the campaign during the Republican convention and as, United States intelligence officials say, Russian Federation was working to sway the election in Trump's favor.
"The same is true with regard to the government's allegation that Mr. Manafort lied about sharing polling data with Mr. Kilimnik related to the 2016 presidential campaign", they added in the redacted section.
The court filing was Manafort's response to special counsel Robert Mueller's allegations that he lied to investigators after reaching a cooperation deal with prosecutors.
But according to The Hill, court watchers were able to see the whole filing by copying and pasting the redacted sections.
According to prosecutors, he and Kilimnik contacted potential witnesses in Mueller's investigation, trying to tell them what to say if they were questioned - a federal crime.
"For several months Mr. Manafort has suffered from severe gout, at times confining him to a wheelchair, " the lawyers wrote. While the redactions don't specifically mention the Trump campaign by name, they do mention the "2016 presidential campaign".
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At the time Manafort's lawyers said their client never intentionally provided incorrect information to prosecutors, but asked the judge for time to consider whether they wanted to contest Mueller's allegations or proceed to sentencing. But while it's unclear what the one Manafort and Kilimnik discussed might have entailed, the Times notes that Manafort and Kilimnik have a history of pushing Russia's interests in Ukraine.
U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson demanded in a December 11 hearing that prosecutors provide more details to allow her to determine whether Manafortfailed to fully cooperate as required under his deal, and should face tougher sentencing.
Manafort told a colleague in February - four months after he was indicted - that he was in contact with a senior administration official through that time, prosecutors said in accusing him of lying.
Manafort's lawyers responded that any such conversation did "not constitute outreach by Mr Manafort to the President" and said the prosecution's second example was "hearsay".
Kilimnik has denied working for Russian intelligence.
The judge in DC federal court who has overseen his case, Amy Berman Jackson, gave him the opportunity to respond before she would hold a hearing about the facts of the situation.
He was convicted by a jury in a Virginia federal court for eight tax and bank fraud charges.
For the two charges he now faces in DC federal court, Manafort could receive 17 to 22 years in prison, his plea agreement says. Manafort's filing sheds little light on that transaction.
The inadvertent disclosures offered a rare glimpse into details that were meant to remain private while Manafort's lawyers and Mueller's office battle over whether Manafort has breached a plea agreement struck in September by lying.