BREAKING: FBI Probing ‘Suspicious’ Money Transfers By Paul Manafort
A new bombshell report has revealed that FBI agents are looking at a series of suspicious wire transfers by offshore companies linked to former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.
The series of at least 13 wire transfers were initially flagged to law enforcement by U.S. financial institutions, which are required to identify suspicious transactions, BuzzFeed News reports.
Citing law enforcement sources, BuzzFeed reported that the companies moved large funds in round-dollar amounts between 2012 and 2013 without specifying what the money was for. The transactions originated in countries known for money laundering and much of it eventually ended up in the U.S.
The transactions, which totaled millions of dollars, according to BuzzFeed, have been on federal law enforcement officials’ radar since 2012. But the investigation “lay dormant” for a while and charges were never filed.
But the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) uncovered its previous reports on Manafort and forwarded them to the FBI’s International Corruption Unit, whose agents were working with special counsel Robert Mueller on his investigation into Russian election meddling.
Manafort has become a central figure in Mueller’s investigation, which has expanded to look at possible financial crimes by Trump campaign officials. In July, the FBI conducted an early morning raid on Manafort’s northern Virginia home and confiscated a cache of evidence.
Following the raid, Mueller took the unusual step of subpoenaing the Manafort’s former attorney.
Manafort was forced out as Trump’s campaign chairman in August 2016 after he came under scrutiny for his past lobbying work for pro-Russian Ukrainian oligarchs.