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Earlier today, it was reported by CNN that Special Counsel Robert Mueller would be starting interviews with current and former White House staffers in his probe of Russian election interference. Following that report, the network tossed out another huge story, reporting that the IRS was now sharing info with the Mueller team about a number of Trump campaign officials.
Two of the former officials, per CNN’s sources, are ex-campaign chief Paul Manafort and former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn. This comes on the heels of news that Manafort has already been informed that he’ll be indicted, something that longtime Trump ally Roger Stone said Manfort fully expects will happen. It was also reported earlier this month that Manafort has been wiretapped by the FBI since at least 2014.
The IRS news about info sharing with the Mueller investigation may not come as a huge surprise, as last month The Daily Beast reported that the special counsel had enlisted the aid of the agency’s criminal investigations unit. But hearing that the IRS is involved now will likely once again raise questions about the president’s own tax returns and his refusal to publicly release them before and after the 2016 election.
Meanwhile, it should be noted that just a few short months ago, Trump declared that Mueller investigating his personal finances would be a red line for him.
Watch the report above, via CNN.
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