Paul Manafort Denies Meeting WikiLeaks' Julian Assange, Calls Report 'Totally False'

28 November, 2018, 03:27 | Author: Clarence Schmidt
  • 19 2017 of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange at the Embassy of Ecuador in London and former Donald Trump presidential campaign manager Paul Manafort at Yankee

"This story is totally false and deliberately libelous", Manafort said in the statement.

"I would say it's a good hypothesis that he never meant to cooperate and that he's angling for a pardon at some point in time", Wisenberg said.

Julian Assange on the balcony of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London in 2017. It was Mueller's biggest victory to date, since Manafort could provide valuable information about any cooperation between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation. "The president knows very little of Julian Assange".

Giuliani, a former federal prosecutor and New York City mayor who is representing Trump in the Mueller probe, said Manafort's lawyer told him the Guardian story is wrong.

Brinkema said Townsend could have additional time to find a previous case of such a disclosure being made before an arrest, granting each side two weeks total to make further arguments before she issues a ruling.

USA investigators are scrutinising whether the Trump campaign was aware of Wikileaks' role in the leaking of Democratic emails that were allegedly stolen by Russian hackers during the American presidential race two years ago.

A federal judge in Virginia appeared reluctant Tuesday to grant a request to unseal a criminal complaint against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, emphasizing the "compelling interest" the government has in keeping such matters under wraps until he is arrested, should that happen. Hillary Clinton, Mr Trump's Democratic rival, has previously said the hack contributed to her defeat. Tuesday's report that Manafort visited Assange multiple times, and that he's been acquainted with the WikiLeaks founder since 2012 or 2013, paints a picture of a Trump campaign manager with close ties to the organization that published highly damaging information about Trump's opponent.

Report: Paul Manafort Met With Julian Assange Months Before WikiLeaks Published DNC Emails

Trump has railed against the special counsel probe since Mueller's appointment a year ago, often calling the investigation a "witch hunt" and a "hoax".

The Guardian's report also includes several other interesting notes, including that Manafort's visits to Assange were not logged by Equadorian security.

Issa added that he believes Mueller's team is now "moving on" after accusing Manafort of the plea deal violations.

In recent months, Mueller's team has subpoenaed associates of Trump's political adviser and Manafort's former business partner, Roger Stone, who has denied having access to the emails. "It's a joke", Giuliani said, pointing to his own months as an adviser to Trump's campaign.

Manafort, 69, pleaded guilty on fraud and obstruction of justice charges on September 14 and agreed to cooperate with prosecutors in exchange for a lighter prison sentence.

Manafort, meanwhile, has violated the plea agreement he negotiated with prosecutors after that conviction in August, according to court documents filed on Monday.


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