Sunday, 20 January, 2019

Mueller Interviewed Trump Campaign Pollster, Manafort Associate In February

Trump Tells ABC’s Jon Karl ‘I Didn’t know Anything About’ Manafort Collusion With Russia Trump Says He Didn’t Know Manafort Gave Polling Data To Russian Associate
Kenny Thornton | 13 January, 2019, 00:57

A prominent Ukrainian tycoon denied Thursday requesting or receiving USA polling data from Paul Manafort, following revelations in a court filing Tuesday that pointed to coordination between the former Trump campaign chairman and the Russian government.

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

"No, I didn't know anything about it", he told reporters at the White House.

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.

Manafort also did not initially disclose having earlier discussed a Ukraine peace plan with Kilimnik on more than one occasion during the campaign, according to the filing.

Manafort's lawyers said any incorrect statements by him were unintentional. Prosecutors say Manafort acknowledged the meeting only after being told that they were in the same city on the same day.

Barca back for Willian? Malcom swap rumored for Chelsea
The La Liga champions have offered Malcom plus cash to Chelsea for the 30-year-old, with the Blues swiftly knocking back the bid. Barca have reportedly made a renewed approach, with Malcom thrown into the deal, which Chelsea are also thought to have refused.

Manafort was among the first Americans charged in Mueller's investigation and has been among the central characters in the case, having led the campaign during the Republican convention and as, U.S intelligence officials say, Russian Federation was working to sway the election in Trump's favor. 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.

A statement to CNN on behalf of Akmetov said: "Mr. Akhmetov never requested nor received any polling data or any other information about the 2016 USA elections from Paul Manafort or Konstantin Kilimnik. At the time, the special counsel had been digging into Manafort's finances and political work ahead of his trial".

Special counsel Robert Mueller's team has been circling Lyovochkin and Akhmetov's dealings with Manafort for a while, as they were both key, generous backers of Manafort's Ukrainian lobbying work, prosecutors said at Manafort's financial fraud trial last summer.

The lawyers also said they reserved the right to fight back if Mueller brought new charges surrounding the allegations that Manafort lied to prosecutors.

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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