GOP rep says US campaigns shouldn't be cooperating with Russia

Rep. Don Bacon (R-Neb.) on Wednesday said that U.S. campaigns should not be cooperating with Russia after reports surfaced that President TrumpDonald John TrumpHarris bashes Kavanaugh's 'sham' nomination process, calls for his impeachment after sexual misconduct allegation Celebrating 'Hispanic Heritage Month' in the Age of Trump Let's not play Charlie Brown to Iran's Lucy MORE's former campaign manager Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortDemocrats return to a battered Trump Manafort's legal team argues NY prosecution constitutes double jeopardy Clip surfaces of Paul Manafort and wife on Nickelodeon game show MORE shared polling data with a Russian national and met with the Russian in Spain. 

"We shouldn't be cooperating with Russia at all when it comes to our elections. Period," Bacon told Hill.TV's Krystal Ball and Buck Sexton on "Rising."

"I don't care if you're on the Republican side, Democrat side," he continued. "I think it should be a red flag anytime, regardless of party, when you want to meet with anybody from a foreign service to talk about our elections." 

"Our elections are our elections. Those are internal to our country, and we don't want other countries involved or influence," he said. 

"We have a history of doing the same. Democracies are meant for their people to make these decisions," he added. 

Bacon's remarks come after a court filing revealed that Manafort shared polling data with Konstantin Kilimnik, who the FBI says is connected to Russian intelligence. 

Manafort also met with Kilimnik in Madrid and said he may have discussed a Ukraine peace strategy, according to the filing. 

The filing was included in sealed responses to special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerFox's Cavuto roasts Trump over criticism of network Mueller report fades from political conversation Trump calls for probe of Obama book deal MORE's accusations that Manafort breached a plea agreement by lying to federal prosecutors. 

Mueller and his team are investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible collusion between the Kremlin and members of the Trump campaign.

— Julia Manchester