Trump says he knew nothing about Manafort's dealings with Russian

13 January, 2019, 01:00 | Author: Gregory Stephens
  • Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort departs from U.S. District Court in Washington U.S

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. 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.

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.

Asked on Thursday about the allegation against Manafort - which was meant to be hidden from the public within a court filing from the former campaign chief's lawyers - Trump said he "didn't know anything about it". However, Manafort wrote in one August 2016 email to his accountant that he expected a payment of $2.4 million in November 2016 for work he did in Ukraine, according to trial documents. Manafort has pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges in Washington and faces sentencing in a separate case in Virginia.

They showed he shared the data with a business partner and Russian-Ukrainian political operative Konstantin Kilimnik. 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.


Giuliani also said on Wednesday that Trump's legal team told Mueller that the president will not answer any more questions in the investigation. Russian Federation and Ukraine have been locked in a conflict since 2014 over Russia's annexation of Crimea. President Trump denies any campaign collusion with Russian Federation.

Manafort earned millions from his Ukrainian political work over several years.

In the court filing Tuesday that failed to properly redact the sealed materials, Manafort's attorneys also revealed that Mueller had accused their client of exchanging a text message with an unidentified third-party who was asking permission to use Manafort's name "as an introduction in the event the third-party met the President". But there has been no indication that Trump knew about Manafort's activities or that the recipients used the data to help Trump win the election.

Special counsel Robert Mueller's team has been circling Lyovochkin and Akhmetov's dealings with Manafort for a while, as they were both key, generous backers of Manafort's Ukrainian lobbying work, prosecutors said at Manafort's financial fraud trial last summer.

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