WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 28: Paul Manafort, former campaign manager for Donald Trump, exits the E. Barrett Prettyman Federal Courthouse, February 28, 2018 in Washington, DC. This is ManafortÕs first court appearance since his longtime deputy Rick Gates pleaded guilty last week in special counsel Robert MuellerÕs Russia probe. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
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02:36 - Source: CNN
CNN  — 

Serhiy Lyovochkin and Rinat Akhmetov, two Ukrainian oligarchs who had paid Paul Manafort for years for his political work in their country, were the intended recipients of the American polling data that Manafort shared with Konstantin Kilimnik during the 2016 presidential campaign, a person familiar with the matter said on Wednesday.

Special counsel Robert Mueller’s team has been circling Lyovochkin and Akhmetov’s dealings with Manafort for a while, as they were both key, generous backers of Manafort’s Ukrainian lobbying work, prosecutors said at Manafort’s financial fraud trial last summer.

The Justice Department initially asked Mueller to look into the pro-Russian Ukrainians’ ties to Manafort, a former Trump campaign chairman, because of how they may relate to other allegations of Russian coordination w