ABC News White House correspondent Jonathan Karl asked Donald Trump about former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort's collusion with an alleged Russian intelligence asset during the 2016 campaign, and Trump denied any knowledge of it.
According to CNN, Manafort told his accountant in a November 2016 email to expect a $2.4 million payment for consulting work he performed in Ukraine.More news: The Accidental Prime Minister: Anupam Kher on how he became Manmohan Singh
Asked on Thursday about the allegation against Manafort - which was meant to be hidden from the public within a court filing from the former campaign chief's lawyers - Trump said he "didn't know anything about it".
On Tuesday, Manafort's legal team accidentally revealed in a court filing in a case involving the special counsel's office that the former Trump adviser sent Trump campaign polling data to Konstantin Kilimnik, a longtime associate of Manafort's who allegedly has ties to Russian intelligence.More news: Details Over Top Sanders Advisor's Alleged Sexual Misconduct With Subordinate Emerge
That information was included in a court filing this week that appeared to inadvertently include details not meant to be made public and indicates a pathway by which the Russians could have had access to Trump campaign data. Instead, they said, they would be open to resolving the matter during pre-sentencing reports. That could change, assuming that Trump's lying about this, but Mueller wouldn't have put this much effort into publicly undermining Manafort's credibility as a witness if that was a likely possibility. 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.
Rudy Giuliani, a lawyer for Trump who has repeatedly criticized the Mueller probe as a fruitless "witch hunt", dismissed the sharing of data with Kilimnik as inconsequential.More news: Trump promises changes to visas for skilled workers
Manafort already faces lengthy prison sentences for charges brought by Mueller's office in Virginia and Washington, D.C.