"I didn't know anything" about Manafort-Kilimnik polling contacts

Cheryl Sanders
January 12, 2019

President Trump on Thursday denied any knowledge that his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort shared polling data with a Russian who has ties to the Kremlin's intelligence community.

Legal experts told ABC News this week that sharing campaign polling data with a foreign person is not a crime, but could be an important piece to the puzzle concerning possible Trump campaign coordination with Russians during the 2016 campaign - a subject being investigated by special counsel Robert Mueller's office.


Paul Manafort arrives for a hearing at US District Court on June 15, 2018 in Washington. A spokesman for the special counsel declined comment. Jon Karl took the opportunity to get Trump on the record about the latest revelations about Manafort. 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 reportedly worked for Manafort conducting polls in Ukraine during the country's political campaigns in 2012 and 2013, earning a quarter of a million dollars.

News of Manafort's coordination with the Russian, Konstantin Kilimnik, came to light by mistake on Tuesday when his defense team failed to properly redact portions of a court document meant to defend their client from accusations he lied to investigators.


Jackie Speier, a Democratic member of the House Intelligence Committee, said the revelations raised new questions about possible "collusion" between Trump's election team and Russian Federation.

In their filing, Manafort's lawyers told the judge that they did not need a hearing to hash out Mueller's charges. He entered a plea agreement with special counsel Robert Mueller on September 14, 2018, but prosecutors have since alleged that Manafort has violated the terms of the deal by lying about certain topics.


Manafort is scheduled to be sentenced February 8 by U.S. District Court Judge T.S. Ellis III in Northern Virginia for his conviction on eight felony counts of bank and tax fraud.

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