Aug 25, 2017

Mueller issues grand jury subpoenas for Manafort-linked firms

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Special Counsel Bob Mueller is ratcheting up his probe again. The two new reported moves include one on Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and one on former national security advisor Mike Flynn:

  1. This week Mueller has issued grand jury subpoenas for testimony from public relations executives who worked on an international lobbying campaign with Manafort per NBC News. The work was for a pro-Russian Ukrainian political party.What it means: Manafort could be in serious legal trouble (recall the FBI raided Manafort's apartment last month).The firms: European Center for a Modern Ukraine, Podesta Group, Mercury LLC, and three others NBC did not confirm.
  2. Mueller is also looking into whether Flynn played a role in trying to obtain Hillary Clinton's emails from Russian hackers, the WSJ reports. A GOP operative told the WSJ earlier this year he was discussing the matter with Flynn, who at the time was serving as an advisor to then-candidate Trump.

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SoftBank to cut its stake to get T-Mobile's Sprint deal done

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T-Mobile and Sprint announced a revised merger agreement that will see SoftBank getting a smaller share of the combined company, while most shareholders will receive the previously agreed upon exchange rate. The companies said they hope to get the deal as early as April 1.

Why it matters: The amended deal reflects the decline in Sprint's business, while leaving most shareholders' stake intact and removing another hurdle to the deal's closure.