Robert Mueller met with Trump's pollster

Robert Mueller met with Trump's pollster

ABC News White House correspondent Jonathan Karl asked Donald Trump about former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort's collusion with an alleged Russian intelligence asset during the 2016 campaign, and Trump denied any knowledge of it.

Kilimnik worked with Manafort's consulting firm when he was representing pro-Russian politicians in Ukraine.

The reveal was accidental: The court filing was unsealed in response to charges from the special counsel's office that Manafort lied to investigators during his investigation of the 2016 presidential election, but within it was an indication that Manafort shared 2016 polling data and discussed a peace plan for Ukraine with Konstantin V. Kilimnik, his business associate and intermediary with the Kremlin.

Special counsel Robert Mueller's team met with a 2016 Trump campaign pollster in February a year ago, CNN reported Thursday.

CNN reported that Tony Fabrizio, a partner at Republican public opinion firm Fabrizio, Lee & Associates, was spotted leaving the special counsel's office on February 1 of 2018, and has since been confirmed to be meeting with investigators at that time. Manafort's lawyers said any incorrect statements by him were unintentional.

That information was included in a court filing this week that appeared to inadvertently include details not meant to be made public and indicates a pathway by which the Russians could have had access to Trump campaign data. President Trump denies any campaign collusion with Russian Federation.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, a former Trump campaign aide told Reuters that he was unaware Manafort had shared data with Kilimnik and found the news "disturbing" and especially problematic because the data was provided to a foreign national.

"It's not a crime to talk to a Russian", Giuliani said.

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

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