Trump ex-cam­paign aide...

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The White House de­clined to com­ment.

Mueller was ap­pointed as spe­cial coun­sel in May to lead the Jus­tice De­part­ment’s in­ves­ti­ga­tion into whether the Krem­lin worked with as­so­ciates of the Trump cam­paign to tip the 2016 elec­tion. The ap­point­ment came a week af­ter the fir­ing James Comey, who, as FBI direc­tor led the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, and also fol­lowed the re­cusal months ear­lier of At­tor­ney Gen­eral Jeff Sessions from the probe.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors have fo­cused on as­so­ciates, in­clud­ing Manafort, whose home was raided in July by agents search­ing for tax and in­ter­na­tional bank­ing records, and ex-na­tional se­cu­rity ad­viser Michael Flynn, who was forced to re­sign in Fe­bru­ary af­ter White House of­fi­cials said he had mis­led them about his con­ver­sa­tions with the Rus­sian am­bas­sador to US.

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