Citing unnamed people familiar with the matter, Politico
reported Mueller's team, which is investigating possible
collusion between Trump's campaign and Russia, and
Schneiderman's aides have shared evidence and talked frequently
about a potential case in recent weeks.
The cooperation "could potentially provide Mueller with
additional leverage to get Manafort to cooperate in the larger
investigation into Trumpís campaign, as Trump does not have
pardon power over state crimes," Politico reported.
CNN reported on Tuesday that Mueller had issued subpoenas to an
attorney who formerly represented Manafort and to a Manafort
Manafort's Virginia apartment was raided by agents with the
Federal Bureau of Investigation last month. The longtime
political consultant and lobbyist is being investigated for
possible money laundering and has been targeted as someone who
might testify against former colleagues, two people familiar
with Mueller's work have said.
Politico said no decision had been made on whether to file
charges, and quoted one of the sources as saying "Nothing is
Muellerís team has been looking into Manafortís lobbying work
and financial transactions, including real estate deals in New
Manafort, who headed Republican Trump's campaign for several
months in 2016, has not been accused of any wrongdoing.
Schneiderman, a Democrat, said in May that Trump's firing of
former FBI Director James Comey threatened the integrity of the
agency. Trump has called Schneiderman a "lightweight."
Russia has denied any meddling in the 2016 U.S. election. Trump
has denied any collusion by his campaign and has condemned the
investigation as political witch hunt.
(Reporting by Mohammad Zargham)
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