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Feds sought cooperation from Manafort’s son-in-law
Josh Dawsey, Darren Samuelsohn, Politico, Aug 9 2017

2017.08.10 - Yohai_0Yohai (Courtesy: Mossad)

Federal investigators sought cooperation from Paul Manafort’s son-in-law in an effort to increase pressure on Pres Trump’s former campaign chairman, according to three people familiar with the probe. Investigators approached Jeffrey Yohai, who has partnered in business deals with Manafort, earlier this summer, setting off “real waves” in Manafort’s orbit, one of these people said. Another of these people said investigators are trying to get “into Manafort’s head.” Manafort, who is a focus of the broad federal and congressional investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential campaign, is also under investigation for his business and real estate transactions, including some that involve Yohai. That probe has accelerated in recent weeks, according to one of the people familiar with it. FBI agents conducted an early morning raid last month on Manafort’s home in Alexandria, Virginia, rousing him from sleep and seizing reams of material. Manafort has not been accused of any wrongdoing. It is unclear if investigators have secured cooperation from Yohai, who also hasn’t been accused of wrongdoing. A lawyer for Yohai didn’t respond to a request for comment. A Manafort spokesman declined to comment. A spokesman for Mueller also declined to comment. Manafort’s team has repeatedly pushed back on suggestions he’s cooperating with federal investigators. Manafort spokesman Jason Maloni said in a July interview when asked about concerns from former colleagues that Manafort had turned against the Trump team:

Paul’s been forthcoming, but he’s not a cooperating witness and any suggestion to that effect is silly.

People close to Manafort reiterated Wednesday that he has no plans to become a cooperating witness. Mueller’s targeting of both Manafort and his son-in-law over potential criminal wrongdoing is a familiar tactic in white-collar cases, commonly called “climbing the ladder.” One Washington-based white-collar attorney with a client involved in the Russia probe said:

Manafort is on many levels a key subject of the investigation and someone who might be leveraged to share information about others.

The approach involves finding a suspected crime, false statements on tax returns or loan applications, for example and then offering leniency on prosecution in exchange for cooperation. William Jeffress, Scooter Libby’s lawyer, said:

They always start with the people on the low end of the ladder and try to get information on someone high up on the ladder. Mueller would clearly have jurisdiction over any real estate dealings between Yohai, Manafort and the Russians. In addition, he could press Yohai for details on what he knows about Manafort’s role in the campaign.

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