Manafort lied about contacts with Russia and Trump, Mueller says in memo

Special counsel Robert Mueller says Paul Manafort told 'discernible lies,' including about contacts with his longtime translator and fixer, Konstantin Kilimnik, an employee who is believed to have Russian intelligence ties.

"Manafort told multiple discernible lies — these were not instances of mere memory lapses," Mueller's prosecutors wrote.

Here is the Mueller filing on Paul Manafort: [PDF LINK].

In the document, filed today by the Special Counsel's office in federal court in Washington, Mueller says the former Trump campaign manager lied about:

• Konstantin Kilimnik interactions
• Kilimnik's participation in count two of superseding information
• Wire transfer of funds to firm working for Manafort
• Info that relates to another DOJ investigation (???)
• Contact Manafort had with Trump admin officials

Manafort is accused of lying to federal investigators (never a wise idea) when he told prosecutors he never tried to communicate to anyone in the Trump administration.

But actually, the prosecutors say here, Manafort authorized someone to speak to an administration official on his behalf on May 26, 2018.

Trump's response, and that of journalists and lawyers who know better below.