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Continuing my thread on our reporting over past 2 yrs that largely revolved around following the money. I want to note it wasn't just what Mueller was doing but we dug deep to find out what congressional committees were doing as part of their probes 1/

What we discovered, as laid bare in this report by @LoopEmma and me, is that committees like Senate Intel wanted to follow the money as it related to Russia/Russia interference but they were apparently being stonewalled by the Treasury Department 2/

buzzfeednews.com/article/emmalo…
Again, using docs, we obtained non public letters committees such as Senate Intel sent to Treasury requesting financial records on dozens of individuals and entities. But Treasury was not turning over these records as evidenced by this Grassley release which cites our work 3/
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EXCLUSIVE: A Russian-born lobbyist who attended the Trump Tower meeting received suspicious payments totaling half a million dollars before and after the encounter.

The latest from me, @JasonLeopold, @a_cormier_, @TaniaKozyreva, @jtemplonbuzzfeednews.com/article/emmalo…

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@JasonLeopold @a_cormier_ @TaniaKozyreva @jtemplon Some more highlights from this story, which has a lot in it:

Akhmetshin’s bank, Wells Fargo, flagged the transactions because they felt he may have violated the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA).

Mueller’s probe has given that law new bite.

buzzfeednews.com/article/emmalo…
@JasonLeopold @a_cormier_ @TaniaKozyreva @jtemplon Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman @SenatorBurr confirmed that the committee has scrutinized Akhmetshin’s Magnitsky-related lobbying work: “Given that the June 9 meeting was about that, I think we’ve explored every possibility relative to that topic.” buzzfeednews.com/article/emmalo…
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Since last Oct, @a_cormier_ and I (with valuable contribs from @LoopEmma) have been on the #MoneyTrail, reporting stories abt suspicious financial transactions connected to all the key figures in the Trump/Russia probe whose finances are under scrutiny by Mueller/Congress 1/
We started with this story on Paul Manafort, published one day before he was indicted. 2/

buzzfeednews.com/article/jasonl…
Since then, we've reported on suspicious financial transactions about Sergey Kislyak, the Russian embassy, Maria Butina and Paul Erickson, GOP operative Peter Smith and a 2-parter on the planners of the Trump Tower meeting

Those stories are all here 3/

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For folks asking Q's about the #MoneyTrail as it relates to Mueller investigation, here's an explainer as we have noted in this and previous stories 1/

Last year, prior to the appt of Mueller as special counsel, multiple congressional committees investigating Russia's interference in election sent confidential letters to Treasury asking for any suspicious activity reports on dozens of people caught up in Trump/Russia probe 2/
Treasury financial crimes unit sent out broad requests to numerous banks & searched it's databases for suspicious activity reports on these individuals and businesses going back 2 & 5 yrs. In some cases banks conducted what's known as a "look back" at these individuals' accts 3/
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NEW: Federal investigators are looking at a series of international bank transactions following the planners and participants of the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting #MoneyTrail buzzfeednews.com/article/anthon…
The investigators are focused on two bursts of financial transactions — one shortly after the meeting and the other after the 2016 election — involving the family of Aras Agalarov, a Russian billionaire real estate developer with ties to both Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump
11 days after the Trump Tower meeting — the same day Paul Manafort became Trump’s campaign chief — a company controlled by Agalarov wired more than $19.5 million to his own account at a bank in New York.
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