The Vise Is Tightening On Paul Manafort, The Mueller Probe's Linchpin

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WilmerHale is also the firm where Mueller worked before taking over as special counsel to lead the investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.

Investigators serving the search warrant sought tax documents and foreign banking records from Manafort, who is also the subject of scrutiny over his attendance at a meeting between campaign officials and Russians and whether his work for the Ukrainian government violated the Foreign Agents Registration Act.

Investigators have sent subpoenas through a Washington, D.C. grand jury to global banks, requesting account information and transaction records for Manafort, some of his companies and his former business partner on political work in Ukraine, Rick Gates, Bloomberg reported Thursday.

The DOJ and several congressional committees are investigating whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russian Federation.

A spokesman for Mr Manafort, Jason Maloni, said in a statement that Federal Bureau of Investigation agents had obtained a warrant and searched one of Mr Manafort's homes. "And I think that he's (Trump) deeply troubled by the entire way that both (former FBI Director James) Comey and Mueller have operated, and the degree to which the attorney general has not exercised any authority over that".

"I haven't given it any thought", Mr Trump told reporters. "It's fine", Trump said.

Investigating Manafort's money might just be small potatoes for Mueller.

He replied within minutes: "If it's what you say I love it especially later in the summer". "I was very, very surprised to see it", Trump said in remarks from Bedminster, N.J., where he is vacationing.

Also, Jeffrey Yohai, the estranged husband of Manafort's daughter, is being investigated by FBI agents, according to the article.

Manafort's new firm, Miller and Chevalier, specializes in financial crimes. 'Russia had nothing to do with me winning, ' he said. "We have an investigation of something that never took place", he said.

After vouching for him, Trump turned to the raid itself, which came in the early morning hours after Manafort had met with congressional committee staff. "I have not heard any statement from Mueller's team to the media that those actions had any relation to my meeting with the son of the one of several then-[US presidential] Republican candidates", Veselnitskaya said.

As the investigation on Capitol Hill continues, ABC News has recently reported that the Trump campaign sent more than 20,000 pages of documents to a Congressional committee on August 2, the deadline to submit documents to the committee.

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