Mueller Interviewed Trump Campaign Pollster, Manafort Associate In February


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.

On Tuesday, Manafort's legal team accidentally revealed in a court filing in a case involving the special counsel's office that the former Trump adviser sent Trump campaign polling data to Konstantin Kilimnik, a longtime associate of Manafort's who allegedly has ties to Russian intelligence. He reportedly worked for Manafort conducting polls in Ukraine during the country's political campaigns in 2012 and 2013, earning a quarter of a million dollars.

Rudy Giuliani, a lawyer for Trump who has repeatedly criticized the Mueller probe as a fruitless "witch hunt", dismissed the sharing of data with Kilimnik as inconsequential. The Associated Press was able to review the material because it wasn't properly blacked out.

In September, he agreed to plead guilty and cooperate with Mueller to avoid another trial in Washington federal court. Instead, they said, they would be open to resolving the matter during pre-sentencing reports.

Some of the money came from Akhmetov through wire transfers between hidden bank accounts in Cyprus, Manafort's deputy Rick Gates testified in court.

"These circumstances weighed heavily on Mr. Manafort's state of mind and on his memory as he was questioned at length", the attorneys wrote. Manafort's lawyers said any incorrect statements by him were unintentional.

The filing contains new information about Manafort's connections to Konstantin Kilimnik, a Russian-Ukrainian business associate who was indicted previous year on charges he tampered with potential witnesses.

The latest allegations further detail how Manafort's work on the campaign intersected with his past global work with Kilimnik. It is one of the strongest pieces of evidence yet that there was active cooperation between the Trump campaign and the Russian government's efforts to influence the 2016 election.

In addition, the defense document discloses a meeting in Madrid between Manafort and Kilimnik. They since confirmed that he was interviewed by Mueller's team.