Robert Mueller met with Trump's pollster

Clay Curtis
January 12, 2019

Special counsel Robert Mueller's investigators met past year with a pollster who worked on Donald Trump 's 2016 presidential campaign and is a former associate of Trump's ex-campaign chief Paul Manafort, according to a new report.

Manafort, who ran the Trump campaign from March to August 2016, was convicted last August of eight counts of financial fraud in federal court in Virginia.

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.

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

Asked if he thought special counsel Robert Mueller's final report should be made public, Trump said: "We'll have to see".

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"If accurate, this is damning evidence of a senior Trump campaign official providing information to individuals tied to Russian intelligence at the height of the Kremlin's effort to undermine our election", Warner said.

CNN reported Wednesday evening that Serhiy Lyovochkin and Rinat Akhmetov were the intended viewers of the data Manafort showed to Konstantin Kilimnik, who has alleged ties to Russian military intelligence. Trump did not elaborate and turned to another reporter with a question on a different topic.

An "unnamed source familiar with the situation" told CNN Fabrizio wasn't aware of with whom Manafort or his deputy Rick Gates had shared polling data. Manafort pleaded guilty in September to conspiracy charges related to that Ukraine work, and had agreed to cooperate truthfully with Mueller's team.

Trump has repeatedly denied any collusion with Russian Federation and criticized Mueller's ongoing probe as a "witch hunt".

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