Mueller Confirms Manafort Russia Collusion Investigation
A filing in Mueller’s case against Manafort in Washington, submitted late Monday night, provides some more specifics about just why the special counsel is so focused on Trump’s former campaign chair.
It reveals that back in August, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein specifically authorized Mueller to investigate whether Manafort committed crimes “by colluding with Russian government officials” to interfere with the 2016 election.
But Mueller gets more specific than that. He writes that in probing Manafort, he wanted:
- To learn about his “ties” to and “interactions” with Russian and Russia-tied figures
- To understand his “motives and opportunities to coordinate”
- To “expose possible channels for surreptitious communications”
- And, finally, to “follow the money trail”
Again, Manafort has not yet been charged with any crimes directly related to collusion with Russia. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges Mueller has filed against him so far.
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