Oops. Paul Manafort, President Trump's former campaign chief, argues to keep plea deal with Robert Mueller In an unsuccessfully redacted portion of the filing, Manafort’s lawyers said Mueller alleged he “lied about sharing polling data with Mr. Kilimnik related to the 2016 presidential campaign.” His lawyers said it wasn’t surprising Manafort didn’t remember sharing polling data because he was busy with the campaign. Manafort acknowledged in his filing that he hadn't initially remembered meetings or communications with Kilimnik. For example, in an unsuccessfully redacted portion of the filing, Manafort recalled meeting Kilimnik in Madrid only after being told Kilimnik was there at the same time. In response to accusations about speaking with administration officials, Manafort said he was asked about two specific officials and said that the special counsel provided examples of "(mostly indirect) contacts with individuals during periods they were in the administration."