Special Counsel Robert Mueller has reportedly subpoenaed former President Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort’s foreign banking records. Bloomberg reported Thursday that Mueller, tasked with leading the ongoing investigation into the Trump team’s potential ties to Russian election meddling, has “in recent weeks” requested that global banks send him “account information and records of transactions involving Manafort and some of his companies, as well as those of a long-time business partner, Rick Gates.”
Manafort registered as a foreign agent in June after years in foreign consulting work, which included “business with oligarchs and politicians in Ukraine and Russia … with payments routed through foreign banks and investments in U.S. real estate,” Bloomberg reported. Manafort was also one of the Trump team members invited to the meeting that Donald Trump Jr. arranged with a Kremlin-connected Russian lawyer last year to get dirt on Hillary Clinton.
News of the subpoenas emerged just one day after it was revealed that the FBI in late July had conducted a predawn raid on Manafort’s Alexandria, Virginia, home to seize documents related to Russia investigation. Though Manafort had voluntarily met with Senate Intelligence Committee staff and turned over documents, The Washington Post reported that Mueller’s team “had reason to believe Manafort could not be trusted to turn over all records in response to a grand jury subpoena.”
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