Trump Says He Didn’t Know Manafort Gave Polling Data To Russian Associate

Lamar Ellis
January 12, 2019

ABC News White House correspondent Jonathan Karl asked Donald Trump about former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort's collusion with an alleged Russian intelligence asset during the 2016 campaign, and Trump denied any knowledge of it.

Asked on Thursday about the allegation against Manafort - which was meant to be hidden from the public within a court filing from the former campaign chief's lawyers - Trump said he "didn't know anything about it".

Manafort earned millions of dollars doing political consulting work for Ukraine and received multiple wire transfers from Lyovochkin and Akhmetov, special counsel Robert Mueller's team said during Manafort's trial last summer.

"Such a failure is unsurprising here, where these occurrences happened during a period when Mr. Manafort was managing a USA presidential campaign and had countless meetings, email communications, and other interactions with many different individuals, and traveled frequently", the Manafort attorneys argued.

The information was shared around the time that Trump secured the GOP nomination, and most of the data was already public, The Times reported.

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Tuesday's court filing was submitted by Manafort's lawyers in response to allegations that their client had lied repeatedly to Mueller, breaching a plea deal under which Manafort agreed to assist Mueller's probe.

"Did you know Paul Manafort was sharing polling data from your campaign with the Russians?"

The court documents also accidentally revealed that Manafort met with Kilimnik to discuss a peace plan with Ukraine.

But US prosecutors have since accused Manafort of lying to investigators, complicating his efforts to get a reduced sentence in exchange for his cooperation.

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

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