Mueller Met With Trump's Campaign Pollster, a Former Manafort Associate

Mueller Met With Trump's Campaign Pollster, a Former Manafort Associate

Mueller Met With Trump's Campaign Pollster, a Former Manafort Associate

A source familiar with the Russian Federation probe told CNN that Fabrizio was questioned about past polling work for elections Manafort worked on in Ukraine.

But US prosecutors have since accused Manafort of lying to investigators, complicating his efforts to get a reduced sentence in exchange for his cooperation. "Nothing about it", he said in response to a reporter's question.

Still, the developments of Manafort's court filing Tuesday and the assertions Wednesday about the oligarchs confirm that Manafort had an interest in pocketing cash from a foreign country while he led Donald Trump's campaign.

The court documents also accidentally revealed that Manafort met with Kilimnik to discuss a peace plan with Ukraine.

The revelation came this week in court documents filed by Manafort's defense lawyers that accidentally included details that were meant to be redacted. Manafort has pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges in Washington and faces sentencing in a separate case in Virginia.

Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort departs from U.S. District Court in Washington, U.S., February 28, 2018. They since confirmed that he was interviewed by Mueller's team. Russian Federation and Ukraine have been locked in a conflict since 2014 over Russia's annexation of Crimea. But Akhmetov's denial leaves open the possibility that the campaign data made its way to others in Ukraine or Russian Federation.

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

"Issues and communications related to Ukrainian political events simply were not at the time forefront of Mr. Manafort's mind during the period at issue and it is not surprising at all that Manafort was unable to recall specific details prior to having his recollection refreshed", they said. What is new is that Mueller thinks that Manafort is still lying about it.

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 U.S. elections from Paul Manafort or Konstantin Kilimnik". Manafort denied that he was trying to hide the meetings he had with Kilimnik, who has also been charged in Mueller's wide-ranging investigation, and instead had just forgotten about them until he'd been presented evidence to refresh his memory.

To read the complete filing, see here.

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