Report: Mueller team issued bank subpoenas on Manafort, business partner

Report: Mueller team issued bank subpoenas on Manafort, business partner

Special Counsel Robert Mueller has issued subpoenas from a Washington grand jury to a series of global banks and is seeking transaction records involving Paul Manafort and his longtime lobbying partner, Rick Gates. The news comes in the wake of a recent Washington Post report confirming that FBI agents raided Manafort's home two weeks ago in connection to the investigation. "Mr. Manafort has consistently cooperated with law enforcement and other serious inquiries and did so on this occasion as well," said Jason Maloni, Manafort's spokesman.

Manafort reportedly alerted authorities to Trump Jr. - Russia meeting:

Bloomberg also reports that Manafort informed authorities of the June 9th meeting between Donald Trump Jr., Trump campaign reps, and a Russian lawyer promising damaging info on presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
That meeting has drawn increased scrutiny: Trump Jr. first issued a series of misleading statements about its intent, and it was later discovered that President Trump dictated Trump Jr.'s initial statement.

Manafort is in the news (in part) because investigations were underway before a Special Counsel was appointed:

Federal prosecutors in the Southern District of New York were investigating Manafort's financial ties - and potential money laundering - between Eastern Europe and New York properties. The Special Counsel later assumed control of the investigation, and one of the Manhattan prosecutors joined the Mueller team.
"Along with the real-estate inquiry, the special counsel has taken over a review of Manafort’s late filings to comply with the foreign-agent registration act, known as FARA..." Bloomberg reports.

National Enquirer, in surprising move, takes shot at Manafort:

The connection between the National Enquirer and President Trump is well documented: The tabloid issued its first-ever presidential endorsement, ignored a litany of otherwise widely covered Trump controversies, and has allegedly been cited by the administration in intimidation efforts.
It was surprising, then, to see the National Enquirer run a negative piece on Manafort, a former Trump associate.