Mueller’s office in sealed hearing says Manafort meeting with Kilimnik at ‘heart’ of investigation

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Washington( CNN) Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign chairperson Paul Manafort continued to keep in touch with his Russian associate Konstantin Kilimnik and discuss Ukrainian politics while he was working for the campaign and through last year, and that’s become a central issue of Robert Mueller’s special advise investigation, according to a transcript of a closed-door court hearing.

Mueller prosecutor Andrew Weissmann told a federal judge Monday that a session Manafort and Kilimnik had in August 2016 was “of significance to the special counsel.” A redacted version of the transcript was released Thursday.

At the meeting, Ukrainian policy — and, it appears according to previous filings, a peace scheme that would have benefited Russia — came up. Manafort in interviews with the special advise said the discussion with Kilimnik about the topic objective then.

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