Manafort reportedly visited WikiLeaks' Assange in lead-up to election

Manafort reportedly visited WikiLeaks' Assange in lead-up to election

However, the accusations by The Guardian have yet to be verified by other news sources. Greenwald asked. "You can pick which to believe based on which one most advances your political narrative, or refrain from forming judgments until evidence is available".

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Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort suggested on Tuesday in a statement obtained by Fox News that he might bring legal action against The Guardian, after the newspaper published what he called a "totally false and deliberately libelous" report claiming that he met with Wikileaks head Julian Assange the same month he joined the Trump team. I have never reached out to Assange or Wikileaks on any matter.

It is unclear why exactly the former campaign manager made the visit.

United States 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.

Manafort, the newspaper reported, denied having any involvement in the hack. Then, per the report, months after a meeting with Manafort, WikiLeaks released emails hacked from the Democratic National Committee by Russian intelligence officers.

Both WikiLeaks and Manafort feature prominently in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and whether the Trump campaign colluded with Moscow. On May 19, he was promoted to campaign chairman and chief strategist.

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The Special Counsel argued in a court filing that Manafort has broken his plea deal.

Without a pardon, the 69-year-old Manafort could spend the rest of his life in prison, experts said.

One of the alleged meetings took place around March 2016, the time Manafort began leading Donald Trump's presidential campaign. He had been in the room for the Trump Tower meeting with Russians who touted they had incriminating information about Hillary Clinton; and he had allegedly offered private briefings on the campaign to a Russian oligarch to whom he was indebted, according to The Washington Post.

Since the story's publication, Manafort has seen fit to issue a more extensive response. He also admitted that he tried to tamper with witnesses.

Manafort is likely already feeling the pressure this week as it was reported Monday that he was accused by Special Counsel Robert Mueller of lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, throwing a monkey wrench into his plea deal.

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

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