In Friday’s filing, prosecutors said that after signing the plea deal in September, Manafort said he had no “direct or indirect communications with anyone in the Administration while they were in the Administration.” That was a lie, the government says.
“The evidence demonstrates that Manafort had contacts with Administration officials. For instance, in a text exchange from May 26, 2018, Manafort authorized a person to speak with an Administration official on Manafort’s behalf,” prosecutors wrote. They did not provide any other information about this communication. They also said that a “Manafort colleague” said that Manafort had said in February 2018 that he “had been in communication with a senior Administration official up through February 2018.”
In a section called “Another DOJ Investigation,” prosecutors said Manafort gave different versions of events in connection with “an investigation in another district” before and after signing his plea deal. The details of what that investigation was about were redacted.