The investigation into Russian meddling and the possibility of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia has deepened, and former campaign manager Paul Manafort could possibly be on the line for even more charges.
The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday that the investigation has widened to include an investigation into the possibility of money laundering.
‘Special Counsel Robert Mueller is investigating possible money laundering by Paul Manafort, Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, as part of his criminal investigation into what U.S. intelligence agencies say was a Kremlin-backed campaign to meddle in the 2016 presidential election, according to a person familiar with the matter.’
According to their source, investigators have been probing the allegations for “several weeks” now.
Money laundering is the act of turning the profits of a crime into profits and assets that appear to be legitimate.
Additionally, according to WSJ sources, Senate and House intelligence committees were also investigating the possibility of money laundering along with President Trump’s business records for Russian ties. They requested and were going over documents from the Treasury Department Financial Crimes Enforcement Network to investigate the possibility of financial ties Trump’s many businesses could have had to Russia.
It doesn’t end there, as the list of government agencies investigating Manafort’s financial dealings is a long “laundry” list. The Manhattan District Attorney’s office had previously subpoenaed the financial records of Manafort to go over $16 million in loans that Manafort took out from Citizens Financial Group Inc. That bank was run by an economic adviser to the Trump campaign, Steve Calk. It should be noted the WSJ reported on Monday that Calk was alleged to have dropped the hint around the time of the bank issuing those loans that he was interested in a possible Army Secretary position in a Trump administration.
‘The subpoena by the Manhattan district attorney’s office to the Federal Savings Bank, a small Chicago bank run by Steve Calk, sought information on loans the bank issued in November and January to Mr. Manafort and his wife, the person said. The loans were secured by two properties in New York and a condominium in Virginia, real-estate records show.’
In addition to that, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. were investigating Manafort’s real-estate dealings.
Manafort’s spokesperson declined to give a comment to the WSJ. Manafort has continuously denied any wrongdoing.
Manafort served as Trump’s campaign manager for a short three months before he came under fire for having dealings with a pro-Russia political party in the Ukraine. He was alleged to have received $12.7 million in payments. Additionally, during his stint as a political consultant to that pro-Russia party, the Manafort family bought several properties around that time.
The Senate Judiciary Committee requested Manafort speak before them regarding his involvement in a meeting between several Trump associates, including Trump’s own son Donald Jr., and Russian lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya in hopes of digging up political dirt on Trump’s the former opponent for president Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
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