Special Counsel Robert Mueller and New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman have teamed up in the ongoing probe into former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort’s and his transactions, Politico reports.
Manafort is being investigated for his financial transactions and past lobbying work. Schneiderman has launched separate investigation of Manafort’s real estate dealings.
According to Politico, Mueller and Schneiderman have reportedly been in contact in recent weeks, and have gathered evidence on potential money laundering among other possible financial crimes.
Politico adds that Trump’s pardoning of former Sheriff Joe Arpaio last week signaled to many that the president is willing to use pardons, and could use them in the Russia probe.
The New York investigation into Manafort could benefit the Special Counsel as presidents do not have pardoning power over states, and could put pressure on Manafort to cooperate with investigators.
Mueller was appointed by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein back in May to oversee the federal investigation into Russian election interference.