Mueller Interviewed Trump Campaign Pollster, Manafort Associate In February

Blanche Robertson
January 12, 2019

Manafort's defense team was responding to Mueller's accusations that he lied to the special counsel's investigators about his contacts with Russians during the campaign after pleading guilty past year.

Fox News senior judicial analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano joined Shepard Smith to react to a bombshell New York Times report that Paul Manafort shared internal Trump campaign data with a Russian associate.

On Tuesday, Manafort's defense lawyers inadvertently made Mueller's specific accusations public in a court filing that detailed allegations that Manafort had shared polling data and other information with Konstantin Kilimnik, a former Manafort business partner who prosecutors say has ties to Russian intelligence.

Paul Manafort arrives for a hearing at US District Court on June 15, 2018 in Washington.

Mueller accused Manafort of lying to his prosecutors in late November and later said that the breaches came in five different areas, including his contacts with Kilimnik and the Trump administration.

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He said that agreement would be a "conspiracy", whether or not the Trump campaign actually got anything of value from the Russians.

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

Manafort, former chair of the Trump campaign, pleaded guilty a year ago to conspiracy charges in Washington and faces sentencing in a separate case in Virginia, though none of the charges are directly concerned with the alleged collusion between the Kremlin and the Trump campaign.

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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