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Mueller Investigating Suspicious $3.5 Million Payment Made The Same Day Trump Jr. Met With Russian Lawyer

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Mueller Investigating Suspicious $3.5 Million Payment Made The Same Day Trump Jr. Met With Russian Lawyer

According to a new report published by BuzzFeed News on Friday, special counsel Robert Mueller is investigation millions of dollars paid between two organizers of the now-infamous 2016 Trump Tower meeting between Donald Trump Jr., top Trump campaign aides, and a Russian lawyer who promised damaging information on Hillary Clinton.

Mueller’s team is examining $3.3 million in payments between Aras Agalarov, a real estate developer and Russian billionaire with close ties to both President Trump and Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, and his deputy Irakly “Ike” Kaveladze, BuzzFeed News reported Friday.

Kaveladze, a longtime Agarlov employee who was also involved in planning the June 2016 meeting that Trump associates have claimed resulted in no cooperation between Russians and the Trump campaign, has been investigated in the past for money laundering, BuzzFeed News reports.

According to BuzzFeed, officials at three separate banks raised concerns about the legality of the transactions.

The money began moving on June 3, the same day that Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, and Paul Manafort met with Natalia Veselnitskaya, the Russian lawyer, in Trump Tower in Manhattan, according to the documents.

Four federal law enforcement officials told BuzzFeed that Mueller’s office is investigating the transactions, though the special counsel’s office declined to comment.

The special counsel investigation hit a new milestone in September with the signing of a plea deal between Manafort and prosecutors, allowing Manafort to avoid a second trial in Washington, D.C. this month.

Trump officials have long denied any collusion with Russia during the 2016 election.

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