Mueller Interviewed Trump Campaign Pollster, Manafort Associate In February

Trump Tells ABC’s Jon Karl ‘I Didn’t know Anything About’ Manafort Collusion With Russia

President Donald Trump said Thursday that he was unaware his former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, had passed internal polling data to a Russian business associate.

The filing contains new information about Manafort's connections to Konstantin Kilimnik, a Russian-Ukrainian business associate who was indicted a year ago on charges he tampered with potential witnesses.

He said that agreement would be a "conspiracy", whether or not the Trump campaign actually got anything of value from the Russians.

"No I didn't know anything about it", Trump said in response to a question from a reporter as he departed the White House en route to Texas, where he is visiting the U.S. -Mexico border.

"This shows that Bob Mueller can demonstrate to a court, without the testimony of Paul Manafort, that the campaign had a connection to Russian intelligence and the connection involved information going from the campaign to the Russians", Napolitano said. On the eve of a second trial in Washington, D.C., the next month Manafort struck a plea deal with prosecutors. he agreed to fully cooperate with prosecutors and plead guilty to two counts of conspiracy in a separate case in Washington, D.C.

In their filing, Manafort's lawyers told the judge that they did not need a hearing to hash out Mueller's charges.

Manafort also did not initially disclose having earlier discussed a Ukraine peace plan with Kilimnik on more than one occasion during the campaign, according to the filing. That could change, assuming that Trump's lying about this, but Mueller wouldn't have put this much effort into publicly undermining Manafort's credibility as a witness if that was a likely possibility. The U.S. and European Union have imposed sanctions on Russian Federation over that move as well as the country's support for separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine. "At the time, the special counsel had been digging into Manafort's finances and political work ahead of his trial".

In the court filing Tuesday that failed to properly redact the sealed materials, Manafort's attorneys also revealed that Mueller had accused their client of exchanging a text message with an unidentified third-party who was asking permission to use Manafort's name "as an introduction in the event the third-party met the President".

Prosecutors alleged that Manafort lied about providing Kilimnik with the polling data.

The defense lawyers say Mueller's team has indicated they will not pursue additional charges against Manafort. Manafort earned $60 million for his work in Ukraine, and was convicted previous year of financial fraud after hiding the money overseas to avoid paying United States taxes.

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