Trump Tells ABC’s Jon Karl ‘I Didn’t Know Anything About’ Manafort Collusion With Russia
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.
On Thursday morning, Trump took questions from reporters on the South Lawn as he departed for his reluctant visit to the border. Jon Karl took the opportunity to get Trump on the record about the latest revelations about Manafort.
“Did you know Paul Manafort was sharing polling data from your campaign with the Russians?” Karl asked.
“No, I didn’t know anything about that,” Trump replied. “Nothing about it.”
According to a recent court filing that was not properly redacted, Manafort shared polling data and had multiple other contacts with alleged Russian intelligence asset Konstantin Kilimnik. Legal experts, including Fox News legal analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano, agree that Manafort’s actions constitute “collusion,” but not necessarily a criminal conspiracy.
According to Napolitano and others, Trump’s knowledge of Manafort’s activities would be an important element in proving a conspiracy.
Watch the clip above, via MSNBC.
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