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The Russia Noose Tightens


Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, who appears to be among the primary targets of Robert Mueller’s Russia probe, may also become the first to face charges. According to a new report, Mueller’s team is working with the Manhattan U.S. attorney’s office on a case against Manafort, tied to the F.B.I. investigation into last year’s presidential election.

The U.S. attorney’s office for the Southern District of New York is working in conjunction with Mueller’s team to determine whether Manafort was involved in a money-laundering scheme, The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday. Sources familiar with the matter told the Journal that the collaboration began after Mueller tapped Andrew Goldstein, who heads the office’s public corruption unit, to join his high-powered team. Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul Monteleoni, who previously served on the money-laundering and asset-forfeiture unit, is also working on the probe, according to sources that spoke with the outlet. (Although a spokesperson for Manafort did not respond to a request for comment from the Journal, Manafort has denied any wrongdoing.)

Manafort’s growing list of legal headaches is an unmistakable sign that Mueller is zeroing in on the political operative, who has long-standing ties to Russian interests. Multiple Congressional committees investigating Kremlin election meddling have requested his testimony, and Mueller—whose focus on Manafort reportedly spans an 11-year period—recently instructed federal prosecutors to raid his home in July. Subpoenas have been issued to a number of Manafort’s associates seeking financial information, including his former son-in-law, Jeffrey Yohai. On Wednesday, Bloomberg reported that Manafort, who is reportedly buried in legal fees, is likely to lose $4 million he sunk into Los Angeles real-estate investments following a bankruptcy hearing. And in August, Mueller teamed up with the office of New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.

Why is that important, well Trump can’t pardon Manafort for State crimes, which leads to…

Manhattan U.S. attorney adds to probes of ex-Trump aide Manafort

The U.S. attorney’s office in Manhattan is investigating Paul Manafort for potential money laundering, according to media reports, adding to other federal and state probes targeting President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager.

Separate investigations into Manafort’s financial transactions have been launched by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, including scrutiny of Manafort’s real estate deals.

U.S. investigators examining Manafort’s financial transactions are seeking to push him into cooperating with their probe into the possible collusion, two sources with direct knowledge of the investigation have said.

I bolded that!  I’ll even repeat it “U.S. investigators examining Manafort’s financial transactions are seeking to push him into cooperating with their probe into the possible collusion”  BOOM!!!! 

Oh, and this too:

Trump Data Guru: I Tried to Team Up With Julian Assange

The head of Cambridge Analytica said he asked the WikiLeaks founder for help finding Hillary Clinton’s 33,000 deleted emails.

Alexander Nix, who heads a controversial data-analytics firm that worked for President Donald Trump’s campaign, wrote in an email last year that he reached out to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange about Hillary Clinton’s missing 33,000 emails.

On Wednesday, Assange confirmed that such an exchange took place.

Cambridge Analytica did not provide comment for this story by press time. But after publication, Assange provided this statement to The Daily Beast: ”We can confirm an approach by Cambridge Analytica and can confirm that it was rejected by WikiLeaks.”

If the claims are true, this would be the closest known connection between Trump’s campaign and Wikileaks.

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