Special Counsel Robert Mueller is probing whether Paul Manafort, President Trump’s 2016 campaign manager, possibly laundered money, according to The Wall Street Journal.
A person familiar with the matter told The Journal that Mueller and his team’s inquiry into Manafort began several weeks ago.
Manafort’s potential money laundering is reportedly part of Mueller’s criminal investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential race.
The probe includes whether Russia and Trump’s campaign colluded during the contest between him and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton last year.
The House and Senate Intelligence Committees are also examining possible money laundering by Manafort, people with knowledge of both investigations told The Journal.
Some Twitter users on Thursday treated the news about Manafort as a major development in the ongoing investigation of Russian election intrusions last year.
Manafort is one of three top Trump campaign aides expected to appear before Senate committees next week.
Senior White House adviser Jared Kushner, who is also Trump’s son-in-law, is scheduled to appear before the Senate Intelligence Committee in a closed-door session Monday.
Manafort and Donald Trump Jr., meanwhile, are both slated to appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee next Wednesday.
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. are also reportedly probing Manafort’s real estate transactions.
Both men are Democrats, and their individual offices are examining whether Manafort’s dealings resulted in fraud and money-laundering.
Manafort reportedly spent and borrowed tens of millions of dollars in relation to properties across the U.S. over the last 10 years.
The Republican political consultant’s overseas actions, meanwhile, have drawn scrutiny after he spent years working for a pro-Russia political party in Ukraine.
Manafort resigned from Trump’s campaign in August 2016, leading to new campaign manager Kellyanne Conway ultimately replacing him.