Mueller, New York attorney general cooperating on Manafort probe: Politico

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[August 31, 2017]    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Special counsel Robert Mueller's team is working with New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman on its investigation into President Donald Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort and his financial transactions, Politico reported on Wednesday.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller departs after briefing the U.S. House Intelligence Committee on his investigation of potential collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., June 20, 2017. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein/File Photo

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 spokesman.

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 imminent."

Muellerís team has been looking into Manafortís lobbying work and financial transactions, including real estate deals in New York.

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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