Robert Mueller and NY attorney general working on Manafort investigation

Randolph Lopez
September 1, 2017

A report this week said Mr Mueller and New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, a Democrat, have teamed up in an investigation into Paul Manafort, Mr Trump's former campaign chairman.

Cooperation between Mueller's team and the attorney general is an indication that the probe into President Donald Trump's former campaign chair is intensifying, according to Politico.

Much of the focus is on potential financial crimes, including money laundering. Mueller, who was appointed special counsel in May, is leading the investigation, which also examines potential collusion by the Trump campaign with Russian Federation.

Trump has not indicated an intention to pardon Manafort or anyone else involved with the Russian Federation investigation, but state and federal prosecutors think the prospect of a presidential pardon could affect Manafort's decision to cooperate with investigators. Federal investigators have issued a number of subpoenas to associates of the longtime political operative and at the end of last month conducted a raid on his home, reportedly seeking documents. Manafort has denied wrongdoing.

There has been no decision on charges, however, and "nothing is imminent", a source told Politico. Last November, the NY prosecutor won a $25 million settlement following his investigation into fraud involving Trump University.

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The attorney general won a $25 million settlement in November 2016. Trump denies any collusion by his campaign, while regularly denouncing the investigations as political witch hunts.

The meeting included Donald Trump Jr; the president's son-in-law, Jared Kushner; and Manafort. The president said he settled just to have the matter behind him, though his previous mantra was never to settle cases.

As reported by Politico, Mueller and Schneiderman have been in communication in recent weeks and have shared evidence with one another.

A spokesman for the office of special counsel declined to comment.

The meeting at issue was disclosed earlier this year to Congress and first revealed by The New York Times. Kaveladze works for a Russian developer who once partnered with Trump to bring the Miss Universe pageant to Moscow.

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