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Probe hots up on Trump links with Russian Federation

13 August 2017
Probe hots up on Trump links with Russian Federation

In letters to Manafort and Trump Jr., the Senate Judiciary Committee asked for all documents related to their June 2016 meeting with Russian lawyers, as well as any communications with or records of attempts to obtain information from Russians about Hillary Clinton or the 2016 presidential campaign.

From the millions of dollars Manafort reportedly owed to pro-Russian interests, to his bank accounts in the tax haven of Cyprus, to his attendance at a 2016 meeting billed as an opportunity for the Russian government to provide the Trump campaign with information that would damage Hillary Clinton's chances in the presidential race, to his retroactive filing with the Justice Department as a foreign agent, the longtime GOP operative seems to have a toe in nearly every part of the special counsel's sprawling probe.

Donald Trump Jr. has turned over 250 pages of records to a Senate panel investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. In recent weeks, President Trump has blasted the Russian Federation investigation as a "witch hunt" and flirted with the idea of firing Justice Department leaders as a roundabout way to get rid of Mueller himself.

Committee officials also told CNN that Grassley, the chairman of the committee, and Feinstein, the top Democrat on the panel, were able to review the memos that Comey wrote after his interactions with Trump, including his allegations that Trump urged him to back away from investigating Flynn and sought loyalty from the fired Federal Bureau of Investigation director. "In addition, given the obvious unlawful deficiencies, this extraordinary invasive tool was employed for it shock value to intimidate Mr Manafort", said Dowd.

"You know, they do that very seldom, so I was surprised to see it".

But the statements on Mueller stood in contrast to what Trump has privately told at least one person close to him in recent months.

Seva Gunitsky, a University of Toronto professor who has researched Trump's Russian business interests, said the president's financial connections to Russia run deeper than he has admitted.

"I call it 'climbing the ladder, ' " Jeffress said.

"This is so much more aggressive than the investigation of Mrs. [Clinton]", Napolitano said on "Fox and Friends". "I have not heard any statement from Mueller's team to the media that those actions had any relation to my meeting with the son of the one of several then-[US presidential] Republican candidates", Veselnitskaya said.

Manafort recently filed a foreign agent disclosure report for that consulting work, which ended in 2014.

He replied within minutes: "If it's what you say I love it especially later in the summer". As of today, WilmerHale no longer represents Mr. Manafort.' According to Politico, Kevin Downing, a former senior Justice Department official known for his work representing clients and firms facing financial investigations, will be working on the case for Miller & Chevalier.

A research firm tied to a dossier of salacious allegations involving President Donald Trump is turning over thousands of pages of documents to a congressional committee.