- The special counsel’s office has said it does not have evidence of any contacts between Paul Manafort and Russian government and intelligence officials
- Manafort is a longtime political consultant who has been indicted on money laundering and bank fraud charges
- The former Trump campaign chairman laundered millions of dollars and failed to properly register as a foreign agent, prosecutors say
The special counsel’s office has told lawyers for Paul Manafort that it does not have evidence of any contacts between the former Trump campaign chairman and Russian government and intelligence officials.
That’s at least according to Manafort’s attorneys, who disclosed details of the interactions in court papers filed on Monday night.
The lawyers say they want a hearing to look into government officials’ leaks to the media regarding Manafort, a longtime political consultant who has been indicted on money laundering and bank fraud charges.
“By their actions, it is self-evident that the objective of these government sources was to create unfair prejudice against Mr. Manafort and thereby deprive him of his Fifth and Sixth Amendment rights,” wrote Manafort lawyers Kevin M. Downing and Thomas E. Zehnle.
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