Transcript for The Associated Press reports newly obtained documents show Manafort was paid $10 million to work for a Russian billionaire close to Putin
president trump's former campaign chairman and his ties to Russia. Paul manafort led the president's campaign during a critical time. You see him here with candidate trump at the Republican national convention. Tonight, a new report that he was paid millions of dollars to promote the Russian interest of strongman, Vladimir Putin, and coming forward with new information about the intelligence community, monitoring communications of trump team. Here's ABC's white house correspondent, Jonathan Karl. Reporter: Operation pushback. The Republican chairman of the house intelligence committee came out today to say the communications of some trump associates and possibly trump himself were picked up by U.S. Intelligence after the election. I recently confirmed that on numerous occasions the intelligence community incidentally collected information about U.S. Citizens involved in the trump transition. Reporter: "Incidentally collected," in other words, the trump associates were not the primary subject of surveillance. For example, if U.S. Intelligence was monitoring the communications of a foreign national say, the Russian ambassador, they could have picked up his conversations with members of the trump team. That's a far cry from the president's accusation that his pr predecessor had trump tower wiretapped. Do you feel vindicated by chairman nunes? I somewhat do. I must tell you, I somewhat do. Reporter: But remember president trump's allegation "How low has president Obama gone to Ta. P my phones during the very sacred election process. This is nixon/watergate. Bad guy." The president said that president Obama tapped his phones. Have you seen -- No, no, no. That did not happen. Reporter: FBI director James Comey told congress point blank: There is no evidence to prove the president's allegations of wiretapping. And he also announced the FBI is investigating whether the trump campaign colluded with Russians. Today a new revelation about a tomorrow top trump associate in Russia. The ap obtained documents showing that from 2006 to 2009, former trump campaign chairman Paul manafort was paid $10 million for work for a Russian billionaire close to Putin. In memo to his client, manafort described how he could help the Russian president. We are now of the belief that this model can greatly benefit the Putin government. We will be offering a great service that can re-focus, both internally and externally, the policies of the Putin government. So would trump have hired manafort if he knew about this. I don't know. To look back, and to say, if we know now what we knew then, that's a question we would have to weigh at the time. He didn't know in. Of course, not. He would want to know, wouldn't he? Maybe. Maybe. Maybe not. Reporter: From Paul man no fort tonight, once again, smear and innuendo are being used to paint a false picture. Yet again another denial from manafort, and Jon joins us. Let's go back to the comments of congressman nunes claiming that they picked up communications from trump associates and a lot of Democrats are outraged with that statement. Reporter: They are, and the top Democrat on the intelligence committee, Adam Schiff, said that nunes is more concerned with defending trump than leading the committee's investigation into Russian interference. He said today, nunes needs to decide whether he is the chairman of an independent investigation or a surrogate of the white house. He cannot do both, and as you remember, nunes was a key player on the trump transition, Tom?
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