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Robert Mueller, the special counsel in charge of the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 US election, has subpoenaed the current spokesman and an attorney who previously represented Paul Manafort.
Mueller is asking public-relations representative Jason Maloni and attorney Melissa Laurenza for all documents related to their work for Trump’s former campaign chairman, CNN reported on Tuesday, citing people familiar with the developments. Mueller is also asking Maloni and Laurenza to testify before a federal grand jury.
It was not immediately clear what piqued Mueller’s interest in Maloni, who has only worked for Manafort since March, The Wall Street Journal reported. Maloni operates a public-relations firm called JadeRoq in Bethesda, Maryland.
Laurenza served as an attorney for Manafort until recently. Manafort hired new lawyers as the Russia investigation began heating up around him.
Manafort is one of a handful of Trump campaign associates who have been a central focus of the Russia ongoing probe. The Trump campaign brought him on in March 2016 to help wrangle delegates ahead of the Republican National Convention, and he was promoted to campaign chairman in May that year.
Manafort resigned three months later amid scrutiny over millions of dollars in undisclosed payments for work he performed on behalf of former Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych. Since then, Manafort’s work as a foreign agent has remained under the microscope in the US’ Russia investigation, which led to an FBI raid at one of his homes in Alexandria, Virginia, last month.