Pres. Trump: Didn't know about allegations Manafort shared polling

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"Mueller's team met with pollster Tony Fabrizio in February 2018, an interview that has not been previously reported and takes on new significance after Manafort's attorneys revealed Tuesday that Mueller's team is still interested in how Manafort shared polling data with his Russian intelligence-linked colleague".

Manafort provided the data to Konstantin Kilimnik, who is believed to have ties to Russian intelligence. Trump did not elaborate and turned to another reporter with a question on a different topic.

"I didn't know anything about that", Trump told reporters outside the White House as he embarked on a trip to the southern border in Texas.

Trump has long denied any wrongdoing during the campaign and has labeled Mueller's probe a "phony witch hunt".

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.

Tuesday's court filing was submitted by Manafort's lawyers in response to allegations that their client had lied repeatedly to Mueller, breaching a plea deal under which Manafort agreed to assist Mueller's probe.

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In their filing, Manafort's lawyers told the judge that they did not need a hearing to hash out Mueller's charges. That could change, assuming that Trump's lying about this, but Mueller wouldn't have put this much effort into publicly undermining Manafort's credibility as a witness if that was a likely possibility.

Russia, which illegally annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014, wanted a peace plan so the USA would remove the sanctions it imposed because of the invasion.

"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.

Prosecutors have also accused Manafort of lying about his contacts with Trump administration officials, which defense lawyers deny. 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.

He referred Reuters to Schiff's statement that lawmakers on the committee "need to find out" about Manafort's interaction with Kilimnik on polling data.

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