Trump loses leverage as Russian Federation scandal investigation intensifies

Kristopher Drake
September 1, 2017

Josh Dawsey, White House reporter for Politico, talks with Rachel Maddow about the revelation that Special Counsel Robert Mueller has been working with New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman on the Paul Manafort probe in the Trump Russia...

If Manafort, Trump's former campaign chairman who insists he's done nothing wrong, believes a presidential pardon is his get-out-of-jail-free card, so he has no incentive to cooperate with investigators, Mueller's work with Schneiderman reapplies pressure.

Much of the focus is on potential financial crimes, including money laundering. Manafort had led Trump's campaign until August 2016, resigning after reports of his business dealings with pro-Russia figures in Ukraine. Fears that Trump could pre-emptively protect allies from prosecution-or signal to potential witnesses that they should stay quiet-seemed validated when Trump issued a deeply controversial pardon for former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio, a close political ally, last week.

Additionally, earlier this summer, FBI agents raided Manafort's home as part of the ongoing Russian Federation investigation. Manafort has denied wrongdoing, and Politico reported that no decision has been made on whether to pursue charges. Politico reported that the investigation is seen as a sign that the Russian Federation probe is intensifying, and that investigators could be planning a prosecution that Trump cannot stop.

A person familiar with the work of the grand jury used by Mueller confirmed to the AP that Akhmetshin had appeared before Mueller's grand jury in recent weeks. Ike Kaveladze, who also goes by the name Irakly Kaveladze, also attended the meeting.

Read the full Politico report on Mueller teaming up with NY attorney general. The president said he settled just to have the matter behind him, though his previous mantra was never to settle cases. The meeting was disclosed earlier this year to Congress and first revealed by The New York Times.

Manafort is one of a handful of Trump campaign associates who have been a central focus of the Russian Federation ongoing probe.

"Donald Trump is afraid", Mr Rather told MSNBC.

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