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Mueller met with Trump campaign pollster, former Manafort associate: CNN

Special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout MORE's team met last year with a pollster for President TrumpDonald John TrumpPennsylvania Supreme Court strikes down GOP bid to stop election certification Biden looks to career officials to restore trust, morale in government agencies Sunday shows preview: US health officials brace for post-holiday COVID-19 surge MORE’s 2016 presidential campaign, CNN reported Thursday.

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CNN journalists saw Tony Fabrizio leave the special counsel's office in February 2018 and have confirmed that he was there to meet with the special counsel. 

The special counsel is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible collusion on the part of the Trump campaign.

Fabrizio, who was hired by the Trump campaign in May 2016 and who is also a former associate of Trump's ex-campaign chairman Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortFlynn spurs questions of who Trump might pardon next On The Money: Initial jobless claims rise for 2nd week | Dow dips below 30K | Mnuchin draws fire for COVID-19 relief move | Manhattan DA appeals dismissal of Manafort charges Manhattan DA appeals dismissal of Manafort charges to NY high court MORE, declined comment to CNN for its story.

His polling firm — Fabrizio, Lee & Associates — did not immediately return a request for comment from The Hill.

The special counsel's office declined comment to The Hill. 

The special counsel's interview of Fabrizio included questions about polling work he previously did in Ukraine for Manafort, a source told CNN.

Manafort resigned from the Trump campaign in August 2016 following revelations that he did lobbying work in Ukraine on behalf of pro-Russian forces.

The special counsel's office has charged Manafort with a series of crimes related to his work in Ukraine.

He was convicted on eight counts of bank and tax fraud by a jury in Alexandria, Va., following a trial that focused in part on that work.

Trump has long worked to discredit the special counsel's investigation, dismissing it as a "witch hunt" that is politically motivated.