Trump's pollster reportedly met with special counsel Robert Mueller in 2018

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

President Donald Trump said Thursday that he was unaware his former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, had passed internal polling data to a Russian business associate.

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

Legal experts told ABC News this week that sharing campaign polling data with a foreign person is not a crime, but could be an important piece to the puzzle concerning possible Trump campaign coordination with Russians during the 2016 campaign - a subject being investigated by special counsel Robert Mueller's office.

He said that agreement would be a "conspiracy", whether or not the Trump campaign actually got anything of value from the Russians. Manafort, who sat in a wheelchair during a court hearing in October, also has severe gout, his lawyers said.

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"Such a failure is unsurprising here, where these occurrences happened during a period when Mr. Manafort was managing a USA presidential campaign and had countless meetings, email communications, and other interactions with many different individuals, and traveled frequently", the Manafort attorneys argued.

The interview had previously not been reported but has taken on new meaning after attorneys for Manafort, who was convicted in August 2018 on eight charges of tax and bank fraud, revealed that Mueller "is still interested in how Manafort shared polling data with his Russian intelligence-linked colleague".

Manafort already faces lengthy prison sentences for charges brought by Mueller's office in Virginia and Washington, D.C. She also gave Manafort's lawyers until January 18 to respond to the special counsel's filings. 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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