Ukrainian tycoon denies requesting or receiving 2016 polling data from Manafort

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Akhmetov is one of the richest men in Ukraine and bankrolled the Party of Regions, a Ukrainian political party aligned with Moscow that Manafort worked to bolster.

Patrick Boland, a spokesman for Representative Adam Schiff, the House Intelligence Committee's new Democratic chairman, noted that Schiff had described the revelation as "stunning" to the Washington Post.

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

"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.

Senator Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, which has been conducting a bi-partisan investigation into Russian election meddling, also called for further probing of the matter.

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.

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"It's a significant revelation that further makes the case for cooperation between the President's team and Russian Federation on steering the outcome of the 2016 election", Speier told Reuters.

The defense filing was aimed at rebutting allegations that Manafort intentionally lied to Mueller's team after agreeing to plead guilty last September. It was later replaced with a properly redacted version.

The Manafort attorneys told the judge that their client's missteps came at a time when he'd been held for months in solitary confinement in an Alexandria, Va., jail, a stay that they said had "taken a toll on his physical and mental health" and led to "depression and anxiety".

The reveal was accidental: The court filing was unsealed in response to charges from the special counsel's office that Manafort lied to investigators during his investigation of the 2016 presidential election, but within it was an indication that Manafort shared 2016 polling data and discussed a peace plan for Ukraine with Konstantin V. Kilimnik, his business associate and intermediary with the Kremlin.

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.

"If this is collusion - though collusion isn't a crime - this would be collusion", Smith said. "The president did not conspire with the Russians". They since confirmed that he was interviewed by Mueller's team.

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