Special Counsel Robert Mueller and the office of New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman are now coordinating their respective probes of former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort’s finances.
Politico was the first to report that a senior law enforcement official confirmed the cooperation, “The two teams have shared evidence and talked frequently in recent weeks about a potential case, these people said. One of the people familiar with progress on the case said both Mueller’s and Schneiderman’s teams have collected evidence on financial crimes, including potential money laundering.”
It was also reported that the investigative team approached Manafort’s colleagues and family members after Manafort’s home was subject to a pre-dawn raid by federal agents in late July.
If you’re wondering why Mueller, with his juggernaut of a team and all of the resources at his disposal would need to partner with New York: don’t worry. He doesn’t. It has, however, become increasingly clear that Donald Trump does not understand where his executive privilege terminates and that there are a few moves a president could make but would not dare.
Lindsey Graham felt compelled to introduce the bill requiring that the termination of any special counsel would require judicial review. Simply put: it would have been an outrageous abuse of privilege for Trump to fire Mueller, but Lindsey Graham and company didn’t feel that had any real bearing on whether President Trump would pull that trigger.
That same protectionism was extended to US Attorney General Jeff Sessions when the Senate decided to avoid full recess and instead perform entirely ceremonial “pro forma” sessions.
Mueller does not need the New York Attorney General, however, it is important to note that unlike the above listed corrupt and ill-advised things this president was empowered to do but ultimately blocked from doing — the president cannot pardon state crimes, period. With that in mind, I’m sure Mueller’s evidence will be quite fruitful for Eric Schneiderman’s office.