Pros­e­cu­tors ramp up for­eign lob­by­ing probe in New York

The Record (Troy, NY) - - WEATHER -

WASH­ING­TON >> Spin­ning off from the spe­cial coun­sel’s Rus­sia probe, pros­e­cu­tors are ramp­ing up their in­ves­ti­ga­tion into for­eign lob­by­ing by two ma­jor Wash­ing­ton firms that did work for former Trump cam­paign chair­man Paul Manafort, ac­cord­ing to peo­ple fa­mil­iar with the mat­ter.

The in­ves­ti­ga­tion had been quiet for months since spe­cial coun­sel Robert Mueller re­ferred it to au­thor­i­ties in Man­hat­tan be­cause it fell out­side his man­date of de­ter­min­ing whether the Trump cam­paign co­or­di­nated with Rus­sia.

Jus­tice Depart­ment pros­e­cu­tors in the last sev­eral weeks have be­gun in­ter­view­ing wit­nesses and con­tact­ing lawyers to sched­ule ad­di­tional ques­tion­ing re­lated to the Podesta Group and Mer­cury Pub­lic Af­fairs, the peo­ple fa­mil­iar with the in­quiry said.

The New York work un­der­scores the broad ef­fects of Mueller’s in­ves­ti­ga­tion, ex­tend­ing well beyond the cen­tral ques­tion of Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump and col­lu­sion.

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