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NY Attorney General Shares Evidence With Robert Mueller In Manafort Russia Probe

Special counsel Robert Mueller has teamed up with New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman in the investigation into Paul Manafort and his financial transactions, Politico reports.

Citing sources familiar with the investigation, the website reports that the two teams have shared evidence and talked frequently in recent weeks about a potential case. One of the people familiar with progress said both Mueller’s and Schneiderman’s teams have collected evidence on financial crimes, including potential money laundering.

The cooperation is the latest indication that the federal probe into President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman is intensifying. It also could potentially provide Mueller with additional leverage to get Manafort to cooperate in the larger investigation into Trump’s campaign, as Trump does not have pardon power over state crimes.

State and federal prosecutors believe the prospect of a presidential pardon could affect whether Manafort decides to cooperate with investigators in the federal Trump investigation, said one of the people familiar with the matter.

While Trump has not signaled any public intention to pardon Manafort or anyone else involved in the Russia investigations, the president has privately discussed his pardon powers with his advisers.

Schneiderman has a contentious history with Trump. The attorney general won a $25 million settlement last November after a lengthy investigation into fraudulent practices at Trump University. The president said he settled just to have the matter behind him, though his previous mantra was to never settle cases.

The New York prosecutor’s office also is looking into some of Trump’s business transactions and could potentially share those records with Mueller’s team, one of these people said. Those inquiries are in the preliminary stage, according to the report.


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