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Mueller Interviewed Trump Campaign Pollster, Manafort Associate In February

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Deanna Wagner | 12 January, 2019, 01:27

President Donald Trump says he did not know anything about allegations his former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, shared polling data during the 2016 presidential campaign with a business associate accused of having ties to Russian intelligence.

Kilimnik worked with Manafort's consulting firm when he was representing pro-Russian politicians in Ukraine.

Citing Manafort's electronic communications, the special counsel said he had remained in touch with Trump aides, including a May 26, 2018, text exchange that came months after his initial indictment authorizing a "person to speak with an administration official on Manafort's behalf".

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". 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. President Trump denies any campaign collusion with Russian Federation.

He said that agreement would be a "conspiracy", whether or not the Trump campaign actually got anything of value from the Russians. Since Robert Mueller made this a sticking point in seeking to overturn Manafort's plea deal, the answer thus far seems to be no.

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An "unnamed source familiar with the situation" told CNN Fabrizio wasn't aware of with whom Manafort or his deputy Rick Gates had shared polling data.

Rudy Giuliani, a lawyer for Trump who has repeatedly criticized the Mueller probe as a fruitless "witch hunt", dismissed the sharing of data with Kilimnik as inconsequential.

"If this is collusion - though collusion isn't a crime - this would be collusion", Smith said.

Giuliani also said on Wednesday that Trump's legal team told Mueller that the president will not answer any more questions in the investigation.