We know that former Trump National Security Adviser Mike Flynn is under federal investigation for his connections to Russia, but now we know that former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort is also being investigated for his Russia ties, and again the old adage proves true: follow the money.
The Justice Department requested bank records of President Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort as part of the federal investigation into possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russia, according to a new report.
The Wall Street Journal reports that the Justice Department requested Manafort’s bank records from Citizen Financial Group Inc. in April. It’s unclear whether that was the only bank that was asked to turn over records, according to the report.
Manafort has come under intense scrutiny for his financial transactions. In March, the Treasury Department obtained financial records from Cyprus as part of a federal anti-corruption probe into Manafort’s past work in eastern Europe.
Those Cyprus accounts were investigated for money laundering, NBC News later reported.
Manafort also came under scrutiny for financial dealings immediately after he stepped down as Trump’s campaign chairman last year.
On the same day he stepped down, he formed a shell corporation and took out loans worth $13 million from Trump-connected businesses, according to The New York Times.
Manafort left Trump’s campaign as questions swirled around his finances and past lobbying work for Viktor Yanukovych, the ousted pro-Russia Ukrainian president and other pro-Russia figures.
So it's not just Flynn anymore. And again, Manafort's been under investigation for Russia ties since last month. We're finding out about this now because Trump moved up the game due to Comey's firing. The leaks are going to start coming fast and hard now and my advice is to get ready, because things are going to move quickly now. The message is clear: there are multiple investigations, multiple targets, and multiple connections between them, and none of them are going away.
If you thought this week was a whirlwind, the true hurricane is still on the horizon.