Mueller Interviewed Trump Campaign Pollster, Manafort Associate In February

Elias Hubbard
January 10, 2019

Special counsel Robert Mueller's team met with a 2016 Trump campaign pollster in February past year, CNN reported Thursday.

Mueller's team met with pollster Tony Fabrizio in February 2018, an interview that has not been previously reported and takes on new significance after Manafort's attorneys revealed Tuesday that Mueller's team is still interested in how Manafort shared polling data with his Russian intelligence-linked colleague. ABC's Jonathan Karl asked Trump.

"No. I didn't know anything about that", Trump replied.

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 us claims to have links to Russian intelligence and was charged a year ago with tampering with potential witnesses.

Kilimnik worked with Manafort's consulting firm when he was representing pro-Russian politicians in Ukraine. It is one of the strongest pieces of evidence yet that there was active cooperation between the Trump campaign and the Russian government's efforts to influence the 2016 election. The 69-year-old GOP consultant awaits sentencing after being convicted on August 21 of financial crimes related to consulting work he did in Ukraine.

Asked if he thought special counsel Robert Mueller's final report should be made public, Trump said: "We'll have to see".

Prosecutors alleged that Manafort lied about providing Kilimnik with the polling data.

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