Although the filing does not say whether the polling information was public or what was done with it, it raises the possibility that Russian Federation might have used inside information from the campaign as part of its effort to interfere with the election on Trump's behalf.
Manafort was among the first Americans charged in Mueller's investigation and has been among the central characters in the case, having led the campaign during the Republican convention and as, U.S intelligence officials say, Russian Federation was working to sway the election in Trump's favor. Trump did not elaborate and turned to another reporter with a question on a different topic.
On Tuesday, portions of a court filing by lawyers for convicted former Trump campaign head Paul Manafort were inadvertently made public.
News of Manafort's coordination with the Russian, Konstantin Kilimnik, came to light by mistake on Tuesday when his defense team failed to properly redact portions of a court document meant to defend their client from accusations he lied to investigators.
Manafort's lawyers said any incorrect statements by him were unintentional.
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.
Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort departs from U.S. District Court in Washington, U.S., February 28, 2018.
Russia, which illegally annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014, wanted a peace plan so the USA would remove the sanctions it imposed because of the invasion.
They say the same about his recollection of sharing polling data with Kilimnik related to the campaign. But Akhmetov's denial leaves open the possibility that the campaign data made its way to others in Ukraine or Russian Federation. But there has been no indication that Trump knew about Manafort's activities or that the recipients used the data to help Trump win the election. Manafort pleaded guilty in September to conspiracy charges related to that Ukraine work, and had agreed to cooperate truthfully with Mueller's team.
Manafort earned millions from his Ukrainian political work over several years, which included wire transfers from Akhmetov and Lyovochkin through offshore bank accounts, prosecutors said at trial. The lawyers say they don't want a separate hearing before a judge on the lying allegations but will address them instead during the sentencing process.