Go deeper: The “Hapsburg group” targeted by Mueller investigation

Paul Manafort in partial shade.
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A group of former senior European politicians who lobbied U.S. politicians as part of Paul Manafort’s unregistered foreign lobbying in the U.S. were identified by name this week in new filings from the Mueller investigation.

Why it matters: Manafort and his defense lawyers have said that the lobbying campaign was focused on just Europe, but some of the documents show members of the “Hapsburg group" attempted to influence the image of Ukraine’s president in the U.S. and that Manafort organized group members' visits to the U.S. to do so.