- Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort shared polling data during the 2016 presidential campaign with a business associate accused of having ties to Russian intelligence, and prosecutors say he lied to them about it, according to a court filing. But cutting and pasting the blacked-out markings into another word-processing document showed what had been redacted.
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.
CNN reported Wednesday that Manafort intended for Kilimnik to give the polls to Akhmetov and another Ukrainian oligarch.
Rinat Akhmetov - one of Ukraine's wealthiest men - said in a statement to CNN Thursday that allegations of contacts with Manafort and Konstantin Kilimnik, a Russian-intelligence-linked associate of Manafort, were "false" and that Manafort's work for Akhmetov's System Capital Management (SCM) ended over a decade ago.More news: Amazon reportedly developing a subscription video game streaming service
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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.
A spokesman for Manafort declined to comment about the initial filing, which was submitted in federal court in response to charges that Manafort lied to the special counsel's prosecutors while meeting with them on a dozen occasions as part of his guilty plea last September.
In their filing, Manafort's lawyers said Mueller's team had access to all of their client's electronic devices, email accounts and passwords.
CNN noted that, according to an unnamed source familiar with Mueller's interest in Fabrizio, the Mueller team's interview with the pollster "included questions about his polling work for Manafort in Ukraine rather than his internal Trump campaign polling", in CNN's words. What is new is that Mueller thinks that Manafort is still lying about it. Manafort's lawyers said any incorrect statements by him were unintentional. Manafort has pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges in Washington and faces sentencing in a separate case in Virginia.