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

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

Senior Democratic lawmakers called on Wednesday for further investigation into a revelation that in 2016 Donald Trump's then-presidential election campaign chairman gave polling data to a man us prosecutors have linked to Russian intelligence.

U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson ordered Mueller to respond by January 14 with "factual and evidentiary basis" for why it is accusing Manafort of lying during his cooperation. Trump did not elaborate and turned to another reporter with a question on a different topic.

"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.

Manafort's lawyers maintain that all of their client's misstatements to Mueller "were not intentional" and happened because he was poorly prepared for his meetings with the special counsel, which started days before he pleaded guilty and then began in earnest the day after his September 14 plea hearing. A spokesman for Manafort's defense team declined to comment on the incomplete redactions or on Mueller's allegations, but lawyers later filed a corrected version of the document. He also has a March 5 sentencing before Jackson in Washington for his guilty plea on conspiracy against the USA and conspiracy to obstruct justice.

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.

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In their filing, Manafort's lawyers told the judge that they did not need a hearing to hash out Mueller's charges. 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. But Akhmetov's denial leaves open the possibility that the campaign data made its way to others in Ukraine or Russian Federation.

CNN reported Wednesday that Manafort intended for Kilimnik to give the polls to Akhmetov and another Ukrainian oligarch. "At the time, the special counsel had been digging into Manafort's finances and political work ahead of his trial".

But that plea deal fell apart after prosecutors accused him of lying.

Mueller's team has also charged Kilimnik with conspiracy to obstruct justice and obstruction of justice.

To read the complete filing, see here.

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