U.S. special counsel Robert Mueller’s team of investigators has sent subpoenas in recent weeks from a Washington grand jury to global banks for account information and records of transactions involving former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and some of his companies, as well as those of a long-time business partner, Rick Gates, sources familiar with the matter told Bloomberg.
Other Manafort business associates, including his son-in-law and a Ukrainian oligarch, have been contacted by Mueller’s team in an attempt to pressure Manafort into cooperating with prosecutors.
Manafort’s spokesman confirmed that FBI agents raided the political consultant’s home in Virginia late last month under a search warrant, a raid first reported by the Washington Post.
“Mr. Manafort has consistently cooperated with law enforcement and other serious inquiries and did so on this occasion as well,” the spokesperson said in a statement Wednesday.
As prosecutors gather many years of information about his financial affairs, Manafort could be dragged deeper into any number of legal disputes. He has a history of doing business with oligarchs and politicians in Ukraine and Russia that predates his political work for Trump, with payments routed through foreign banks and investments in U.S. real estate.