In what some might call a desperate last minute distraction from WaPo’s real news about Clinton’s lies, WSJ reports that the Manhattan U.S. attorney’s office is pursuing an investigation into possible money laundering by Paul Manafort (the same as the state’s probe). In case you are confused, yes, WSJ admits this is in collaboration with the same federal money-laundering probe by special counsel Robert Mueller which has so far produced nothing.
While The Wall Street Journal manages to repeat the salacious headlines in its first two brief paragraphs, the rest of the story is padding, history, and filler about Mr. Kushner’s various investigations (of which there is no new news).
The Manhattan U.S. attorney’s office is pursuing an investigation into possible money laundering by Paul Manafort, said three people familiar with the matter, adding to the federal and state probes concerning the former Trump campaign chairman.
The investigation by the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York is being conducted in collaboration with a probe by special counsel Robert Mueller into Mr. Manafort and possible money laundering, according to two of these people.
A spokesman for Mr. Manafort declined to comment. Mr. Manafort has previously said he did nothing wrong.
So in an effort to clarify…
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office is undertaking the state’s own money-laundering probe concerning Mr. Manafort.
Special Counsel Robert Mueller is communicating with Schneiderman and investigating possible federal money-laundering by Mr. Manafort (acording to two sources).
Mr. Manafort has previously said he did nothing wrong.
And now, according to three people familiar with the matter, the Manhattan U.S. attorney’s office is pursuing an investigation into possible money laundering by Mr. Manafort.
All we can say is – that’s a lot of probes and a lot of lawyers and will be a lot of embarassment if they are unable to get anything to stick to Mr.Manafort.