Didn't know about allegations Manafort shared polling

Didn't know about allegations Manafort shared polling

Kerry Wise
January 13, 2019

Fox News senior judicial analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano joined Shepard Smith to react to a bombshell New York Times report that Paul Manafort shared internal Trump campaign data with a Russian associate.

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.

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.

The accusation could be important evidence in Mueller's ongoing probe into potential coordination between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin.

Those details, as well as an exchange between Manafort and an unidentified person who was looking for an introduction with Trump, were not publicly known until Tuesday, when Manafort's attorneys put them into a court filing that was supposed to be redacted.

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Giuliani also said on Wednesday that Trump's legal team told Mueller that the president will not answer any more questions in the investigation. Manafort spokesman Jason Maloni said Tuesday the Madrid trip mentioned in the filing occurred in January or February 2017- months after Manafort was ousted from the campaign and as Trump was taking office.

Manafort was among the first Americans charged in Mueller's investigation and has been among the central characters in the case, having led the campaign during the Republican convention and as, U.S intelligence officials say, Russian Federation was working to sway the election in Trump's favor.

Russia, which illegally annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014, wanted a peace plan so the United States would remove the sanctions it imposed because of the invasion. The request to use Manafort as an introduction to Trump came while Manafort was under indictment in two federal cases.

Manafort earned millions from his Ukrainian political work over several years. Manafort pleaded guilty in September to conspiracy charges related to that Ukraine work, and had agreed to cooperate truthfully with Mueller's team.

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.