Special counsel Robert Mueller (2nd L) leaves after a closed meeting with members of the Senate Judiciary Committee June 21, 2017 at the Capitol in Washington, DC.
Special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigators met last year using a pollster who worked on Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign as well as will be a former associate of Trump’s ex-campaign chief Paul Manafort, according to a brand new report.
The report coming from CNN adds more intrigue to the recent revelation that will Manafort himself was accused by Mueller of sharing polling data with Konstantin Kilimnik, whom Mueller has alleged holds “ties to a Russian intelligence service,” during the 2016 election.
Mueller has been investigating Russia’s meddling in that will election, as well as possible coordination between the Kremlin as well as Trump campaign-related figures. Some Democrats as well as pundits see Manafort’s distribution of the polling data as brand new evidence of possible collusion.
Trump has long denied any wrongdoing during the campaign as well as has labeled Mueller’s probe a “phony witch hunt.”
Asked on Thursday about the allegation against Manafort — which was intended to be hidden coming from the public within a court filing coming from the former campaign chief’s lawyers — Trump said he “didn’t know anything about the idea.”
CNN reported that will Tony Fabrizio, a partner at Republican public opinion firm Fabrizio, Lee & Associates, was spotted leaving the special counsel’s office on Feb. 1 of 2018, as well as has since been confirmed to be meeting with investigators at that will time.
Fabrizio’s firm did not immediately respond to CNBC’s request for comment on CNN’s report. A spokesman for the special counsel declined comment.
A source familiar with the Russia probe told CNN that will Fabrizio was questioned about past polling work for elections Manafort worked on in Ukraine. Manafort pleaded guilty in September to conspiracy charges related to that will Ukraine work, as well as had agreed to cooperate truthfully with Mueller’s team.
Read CNN’s full report on Fabrizio’s meeting with Mueller’s team.