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Giuliani claims 'nothing wrong' about Manafort feeding Trump campaign data to suspected Russian spy: 'It's a joke'

New York Daily News logo New York Daily News 1/10/2019 Chris Sommerfeldt
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Rudy Giuliani on Thursday tried to downplay revelations that Paul Manafort fed internal Trump campaign polling data to a suspected Russian spy, claiming the exchanges were innocuous and no proof of collusion.

“Polling data is not a state secret,” the former New York mayor told the Daily News in his first comment on the matter. “You can hand it out to anybody you want, nothing wrong with that.”

He added, “It’s a joke. He gave out polling data, so what?”

Manafort’s legal team inadvertently disclosed in a court filing this week the former Trump campaign chairman shared polling data related to the 2016 presidential race with Konstantin Kilimnik, a mysterious Russian national who the FBI says was trained by the Kremlin’s top intelligence agency and has deep connections to oligarchs loyal to President Vladimir Putin.

Kilimnik worked with Manafort while they were both lobbying for shadowy pro-Russian politicians in Ukraine in the mid-2000s and they have stayed in touch ever since.

Both men were jointly indicted by special counsel Robert Mueller earlier this year with obstructing his Russia investigation by tampering with witnesses and withholding evidence.

Pressed on Kilimnik’s criminal charges and extensive ties to Russian intelligence, Giuliani conceded that “you shouldn’t be talking to people like that.”

“But,” Giulaini continued, “he only gave him polling data. That’s handed out all the time.”

This story will be updated

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