Trump denies knowledge of Paul Manafort's campaign dealings with Russians

Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort departs from U.S. District Court in Washington U.S

Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort departs from U.S. District Court in Washington U.S

An accidentally unredacted court filing shows former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort gave polling data to a Ukrainian associate with Russian military intelligence ties, and Mueller most likely gained that information through a program run by the National Security Agency, according to former NSA analyst John Schindler. Manafort spokesman Jason Maloni told the network the money was for work that occurred before the Trump campaign, and it was not in exchange for presidential campaign polling data.

"Mueller really does know everything", one former intelligence senior official told Schindler.

"No I didn't know anything about it", Trump said in response to a question from a reporter as he departed the White House en route to Texas, where he is visiting the U.S. -Mexico border. This fact was revealed this week when Manafort's lawyers filed court documents that were improperly redacted.

Manafort, former chair of the Trump campaign, pleaded guilty previous year to conspiracy charges in Washington and faces sentencing in a separate case in Virginia, though none of the charges are directly concerned with the alleged collusion between the Kremlin and the Trump campaign.

Special counsel Robert Mueller nearly certainly learned about top Trump campaign officials meeting up with Russians overseas using the same tools the Kremlin used to wage cyber warfare against the US during the 2016 campaign.

Manafort's sentencing in Virginia is scheduled for February 8 and in Washington, D.C., on March 5, but the president hasn't ruled out a pardon for his former campaign chairman.

That also means that Mueller already knows whether Michael Cohen traveled to Prague in summer 2016 to meet with Kremlin agents while working as Trump's attorney, Schindler said.

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