Ex-Trump campaign chair Manafort hit with fresh charges after investigators believe they hit paydirt

President Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, may be under investigation by the Manhattan U.S. attorney’s office for possible money laundering.

The U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York is launching the probe, joining other state and federal investigations of Manafort, according to The Wall Street Journal, citing three people familiar with the matter in a report Tuesday.

The probe is also in conjunction with an ongoing investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller into possible money laundering by Manafort, according to two of the sources.

Manafort’s spokesman declined to comment to the newspaper on the probe, but the former Trump campaign manager has previously denied any wrongdoing.

According to the Wall Street Journal:

The chief of the office’s public-corruption unit, Andrew Goldstein, was hired over the summer by Mr. Mueller to join his wide-ranging investigation of alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election, including possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian operatives. The president has said his aides did nothing wrong, and Russia has denied meddling in the campaign.

Mr. Mueller’s operation took over parts of the Manafort money-laundering probe after Mr. Goldstein arrived. But federal prosecutors in his former office have continued to pursue their investigation in conjunction with the special counsel’s team, the people familiar with the matter said.

The report of the investigation comes after the president interviewed at least two of the candidates for U.S. attorney positions in New York, with one of those being for the office that is now overseeing the new Manafort probe.

New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, whose office has been running its own investigation into Manafort’s New York real estate holdings, has been in communication with Mueller’s team.

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