Trump denies knowledge of Manafort sharing polling information

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Trump Tells ABC’s Jon Karl ‘I Didn’t know Anything About’ Manafort Collusion With Russia

Special Counsel Robert Mueller has interviewed Tony Fabrizio, a pollster for Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, a revelation that raises the stakes for the recently uncovered allegation the Campaign Chair Paul Manafort lied to investigators about giving poll data to to a foreign national, according to CNN. But cutting and pasting the blacked-out markings into another word-processing document showed what had been redacted.

Asked if he wanted the special counsel's final report to be made public, Trump told reporters: "There's been no collusion whatsoever - we'll have to see".

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.

Giuliani also said on Wednesday that Trump's legal team told Mueller that the president will not answer any more questions in the investigation.

Trump, asked by the New York Post in November whether he was considering a pardon Manafort, said that he "wouldn't take it off the table".

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Fabrizio had a previous relationship with Manafort prior to his work on Trump's campaign, CNN reported.

In their filing, Manafort's lawyers said Mueller's team had access to all of their client's electronic devices, email accounts and passwords.

There is no evidence that Trump was aware that Manafort was sharing the data with Kilimnik, who was described by Mueller in court documents past year as having "ties to a Russian intelligence service".

The defense lawyers say Mueller's team has indicated they will not pursue additional charges against Manafort. 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.

U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson ordered Mueller to respond by January 14 with "factual and evidentiary basis" for why it is accusing Manafort of lying during his cooperation. Manafort earned $60 million for his work in Ukraine, and was convicted a year ago of financial fraud after hiding the money overseas to avoid paying United States taxes. He also has a March 5 sentencing before Jackson in Washington for his guilty plea on conspiracy against the US and conspiracy to obstruct justice.

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