Trump denies knowledge of Manafort sharing polling information

Trump denies knowledge of Manafort sharing polling information

Trump denies knowledge of Manafort sharing polling information

Paul Manafort shared polling data on Donald Trump's 2016 campaign with a Ukrainian associate who has ties to Russian intelligence, and also met with the colleague in Madrid while working on the presidential campaign, according to a court filing from Manafort's lawyers published Tuesday.

"No. I didn't know anything about that", Trump replied.

Asked if he wanted the special counsel's final report to be made public, Trump told reporters: "There's been no collusion whatsoever - we'll have to see".

The information was accidentally revealed in a defense filing Tuesday and was meant to be redacted.

The president was asked about the revelation that Manafort gave campaign polling info to Konstantin Kilimnik, who special counsel Robert Mueller's prosecutors have tied to a Russian intelligence service.

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He referred Reuters to Schiff's statement that lawmakers on the committee "need to find out" about Manafort's interaction with Kilimnik on polling data.

"Issues and communications related to Ukrainian political events simply were not at the time forefront of Mr. Manafort's mind during the period at issue and it is not surprising at all that Manafort was unable to recall specific details prior to having his recollection refreshed", they said. Trump did not elaborate and turned to another reporter with a question on a different topic.

Some of the money came from Akhmetov through wire transfers between hidden bank accounts in Cyprus, Manafort's deputy Rick Gates testified in court. She also gave Manafort's lawyers until January 18 to respond to the special counsel's filings. They since confirmed that he was interviewed by Mueller's team.

Mueller's team has also charged Kilimnik with conspiracy to obstruct justice and obstruction of justice. President Trump denies any campaign collusion with Russian Federation. Jackson also said she'd review all the filings before deciding whether to hold a January 25 hearing on the issue.

Manafort, who ran the Trump campaign from March to August 2016, was convicted last August of eight counts of financial fraud in federal court in Virginia. He also has a March 5 sentencing before Jackson in Washington for his guilty plea on conspiracy against the USA and conspiracy to obstruct justice.

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