Mueller reportedly working with top Trump foe, could end-run presidential pardon

Special counsel subpoenas Manafort's former attorney and spokesman

Special counsel Robert Mueller's team is working with the NY attorney general, Eric Schneiderman, on its investigation into Donald Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort and his financial transactions, Politico reported on Wednesday.

Mueller and Schneiderman have reportedly begun sharing evidence from their parallel probes into Paul Manafort, Trump's former campaign chairman.

Investigators have been looking at the financial transactions of Manafort, who has not been accused of any wrongdoing, but is seen as a central figure in Mueller's investigation into Russia's 2016 election interference.

"While Trump has not signaled any public intention to pardon Manafort or anyone else involved in the Russian Federation investigations, the president has privately discussed his pardon powers with his advisers". President Trump could not pardon Manafort if he were charged and convicted of a state crime.

News broke earlier this month that federal agents conducted a raid at Manafort's home on July 26, seizing documents and other items.

As the report noted, the president is not able to pardon state charges, so if Manafort ends up facing charges in NY, there is nothing Trump could do to stop it. Last November, the NY prosecutor won a $25 million settlement following his investigation into fraud involving Trump University.

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Politico said no decision had been made on whether to file charges, and quoted one of the sources as saying 'Nothing is imminent'. Trump has called Schneiderman, who brought one of the lawsuits over Trump University that were settled for $25m in 2016, a "lightweight".

The president has has regularly criticized investigations into connections between his campaign and Russian officials as a witch hunt.

Mr Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner and Mr Manafort also attended the meeting.

Manafort is one of a handful of Trump campaign associates who have been a central focus of the Russian Federation ongoing probe. Trump claimed he settled "just to have the matter behind him".

Both the special counsel's office and the NY attorney general's office declined requests for comment from Fox News.

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