US President Donald Trump said on Thursday he did not know that his former 2016 presidential campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, allegedly shared polling data with a business partner who prosecutors say had ties to Russian intelligence.
The story revealed that Special Counsel Robert Mueller claimed Manafort had "lied about sharing polling data. related to the 2016 presidential campaign" with Konstantin Kilimnik, a Russian-Ukrainian businessman who the USA claims to have links to Russian intelligence and was charged past year with tampering with potential witnesses.
Manafort's lawyers maintain that all of their client's misstatements to Mueller "were not intentional" and happened because he was poorly prepared for his meetings with the special counsel, which started days before he pleaded guilty and then began in earnest the day after his September 14 plea hearing.
The New York Times later reported that Manafort instructed Kilimnik to provide the data to Serhiy Lyovochkin and Rinat Akhmetov, two Ukrainian oligarchs who Manafort has worked for in the past.
He said that agreement would be a "conspiracy", whether or not the Trump campaign actually got anything of value from the Russians. Manafort's lawyers said any incorrect statements by him were unintentional.
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Kohli added that the controversy won't affect the team's spirit and momentum which it has been able to create during the tour. The Ad hoc Ombudsman should possess the qualifications required for an Ombudsman under Rule 40 (1) of the BCCI constitution.
In addition to the polling data revelation, the filing also showed that Mueller believes Manafort lied to prosecutors about his discussions with Kilimnik about a "Ukrainian peace plan" and a previously undisclosed meeting between Manafort and Kilimnik in Madrid.
Giuliani also said on Wednesday that Trump's legal team told Mueller that the president will not answer any more questions in the investigation.
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.
A jury convicted Manafort on eight counts of tax and bank-fraud in August during his trial in Alexandria, Virginia.