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 TrumpConway defends herself against Hatch Act allegations amid threat of subpoena How to defuse Gulf tensions and avoid war with Iran Trump says 'stubborn child' Fed 'blew it' by not cutting rates MORE's former campaign manager Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortREAD: Hannity, Manafort messages released by judge Manafort, Hannity talk Trump, Mueller in previously undisclosed messages FBI, warned early and often that Manafort file might be fake, used it anyway 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 MuellerKamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction Dem committees win new powers to investigate Trump Schiff says Intel panel will hold 'series' of hearings on Mueller report 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