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Mueller probe extends to Manafort's son-in-law


A July 26 FBI raid on Paul Manafort's Virginia home was revealed yesterday, and now there are new reports regarding Mueller's efforts to collect information from Manafort's son-in-law and from the global banks he has worked with, per Bloomberg.

  • The FBI reportedly collected tax documents and foreign banking records, per NYT, which suggested Mueller's team was looking into whether he had violated the federal Banking Secrecy Act (looks into suspected money laundering and fraud).
  • Mueller's Washington grand jury issued subpoenas to various global banks to collect documents and records about Manafort's financial transactions.
  • Earlier this summer, investigators contacted Manafort's son-in-law Jeffrey Yohai. He and Manafort have collaborated on business deals, and a person familiar with the probe told Politico it's an effort to get "into Manafort's head."

Mueller's spokesman declined to comment.

Mike Allen 37 mins ago
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Why Trump added a streetfighter to his legal team

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A new addition to President Trump's legal team — Joe diGenova, a former U.S. attorney who is well-known in Washington and has argued for the president on Fox News — reflects three White House realities.

The state of play: (1) The White House is digging in for a fight that looks to be longer and messier than officials had expected. (2) This is another example of the president responding to televised cues. Trump has spent most of his adult life in litigation, and obsesses about legal positioning in the same way that he is consumed by his press coverage. (3) It's another pugilistic voice at the table, and suggests that this weekend's attacks on Mueller won't be the last.

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Facebook reaches a tipping point

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Of all the news crises Facebook has faced during the past year, the Cambridge Analytica scandal is playing out to be the worst and most damaging.

Why it matters: It's not that the reports reveal anything particularly new about how Facebook's back end works — developers have understood the vulnerabilities of Facebook's interface for years. But stakeholders crucial to the company's success — as well as the public seem less willing to listen to its side of the story this time around.