Trump denies knowledge of Manafort’s alleged contact with suspected ex-Russian agent

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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. He entered a plea agreement with special counsel Robert Mueller on September 14, 2018, but prosecutors have since alleged that Manafort has violated the terms of the deal by lying about certain topics.

They also defended their client's recollections of his meetings with Kilimnik, a Russian-Ukrainian citizen who served as his key representative on the ground in Ukraine during a series of political campaigns in which Manafort served as a highly paid consultant. 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. A spokesman for Manafort's defense team declined to comment on the incomplete redactions or on Mueller's allegations, but lawyers later filed a corrected version of the document. Manafort has pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges in Washington and faces sentencing in a separate case in Virginia.

Akhmetov's statement to CNN also said, "As has been repeatedly stated in the media, the work between SCM and Mr. Manafort and his consulting firm was completed in 2005".

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.

"This shows that Bob Mueller can demonstrate to a court, without the testimony of Paul Manafort, that the campaign had a connection to Russian intelligence and the connection involved information going from the campaign to the Russians", Napolitano said. But Akhmetov's denial leaves open the possibility that the campaign data made its way to others in Ukraine or Russian Federation.

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In their filing, Manafort's lawyers told the judge that they did not need a hearing to hash out Mueller's charges.

Manafort earned millions from his Ukrainian political work over several years, which included wire transfers from Akhmetov and Lyovochkin through offshore bank accounts, prosecutors said at trial.

They say the same about his recollection of sharing polling data with Kilimnik related to the campaign.

A statement to CNN on behalf of Akmetov said: "Mr. Akhmetov never requested nor received any polling data or any other information about the 2016 United States elections from Paul Manafort or Konstantin Kilimnik".

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