Special Counsel Robert Mueller will not present evidence of collusion with the Russian government at the trial of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, according to court documents filed on Friday.
"The government does not intend to present at trial evidence or argument concerning collusion with the Russian government," state the court documents filed in the Eastern District of Virginia.
The revelation is significant because Manafort was accused in the infamous anti-Trump dossier, compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele, of colluding with the Russian government.
In April, Mueller filed court documents that showed he was authorized to investigate allegations made against Manafort in the dossier, The Washington Times reported.
Mueller's written authorization came from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein who cited "unsourced allegations" against Manafort which claimed that he "committed a crime or crimes by colluding with Russian government officials with respect to the Russian government’s efforts to interfere with the 2016 election."
Manafort was on house arrest up until last month when he was moved to a Virginia prison cell after he was accused of witness tampering in Mueller's investigation.
Manafort's lawyers say that he is currently being held in solitary confinement 23 hours a day because the correctional officials "cannot otherwise guarantee his safety."