The Manhattan U.S. attorney’s office is pursuing an investigation into possible money laundering by former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, adding to the federal and state investigations on the matter, The Wall Street Journal reports.
The investigation by the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York is being conducted in collaboration with Special Counsel Robert Mueller, people familiar with the matter have told The Journal.
The Journal adds that the continuing Manhattan U.S. attorney’s investigation is being revealed at the same time the Brooklyn U.S. attorney’s office pursues an inquiry involving Kushner Cos., owned by the family of President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner.
The investigations could complicate Trump’s nominations for the prosecutorial offices in both Manhattan and Brooklyn, since the President is considering individuals with ties to his personal lawyer and to a political ally, The Journal writes.
The Journal adds that Mueller’s operation also has communicated with New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office about the state’s own money-laundering investigation on Manafort.
Meanwhile, in the Eastern District of New York, based in Brooklyn, federal prosecutors are probing Kushner Cos., the New York property-development business owned by the family of White House senior adviser Jared Kushner. The company has been subpoenaed in that investigation, which involves the federal visa program known as EB-5, The Journal notes.
According to the company’s general counsel, Emily Wolf, “Kushner Cos. utilized the program, fully complied with its rules and regulations and did nothing improper.”
Kushner resigned from the business and sold his personal stake in some projects and assets to family members and others after last year’s election, but he retains a stake in at least one of the properties for which his family’s company used the EB-5 program, according to his most recent personal financial disclosure form, The Journal adds.