Trump denies knowledge of Paul Manafort's campaign dealings with Russians

12 January, 2019, 01:25 | Author: Sheila Harris
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President Trump said Thursday that he knew nothing about his former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, allegedly sharing 2016 presidential campaign polling data with Konstantin Kilimnik, an associate the Federal Bureau of Investigation has said has ties to Russian intelligence.

According to CNN, Manafort told his accountant in a November 2016 email to expect a $2.4 million payment for consulting work he performed in Ukraine.

That's the question, of course - will Manafort testify that Trump did know about it? 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.

He said that agreement would be a "conspiracy", whether or not the Trump campaign actually got anything of value from the Russians. President Trump denies any campaign collusion with Russian Federation. Since Robert Mueller made this a sticking point in seeking to overturn Manafort's plea deal, the answer thus far seems to be no. Manafort's lawyers said any incorrect statements by him were unintentional.

"Mueller's team met with pollster Tony Fabrizio in February 2018, an interview that has not been previously reported and takes on new significance after Manafort's attorneys revealed Tuesday that Mueller's team is still interested in how Manafort shared polling data with his Russian intelligence-linked colleague".

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Speaking on condition of anonymity, a former Trump campaign aide told Reuters that he was unaware Manafort had shared data with Kilimnik and found the news "disturbing" and especially problematic because the data was provided to a foreign national.

Trump has repeatedly denied any collusion with Russian Federation and criticized Mueller's ongoing probe as a "witch hunt".

"It's not a crime to talk to a Russian", Giuliani said.

Manafort already faces lengthy prison sentences for charges brought by Mueller's office in Virginia and Washington, D.C.

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