Special counsel Robert Mueller's investigators are looking into transactions of $3.3 million between two of the people who planned the controversial 2016 meeting at Trump Tower, according to BuzzFeed News.
BuzzFeed said documents show the money was transferred between real estate developer Argas Agalarov, who has ties to both Russian President Vladimir Putin and President Donald Trump, and one of his employees Irakly “Ike" Kaveladze.
The June 3, 2016 Trump Tower meeting was reportedly set up to offer dirt on Hillary Clinton. Documents show that on the same day, the money began moving beween Agalarov and Kaveladze, BuzzFeed said.
Four law enforcement officials told the website that Mueller's team is now looking into the money exchange. The documents reviewed by BuzzFeed do not directly link the money to the meeting.
Scott Balber, an attorney for Agalarov and Kaveladze, said each of these transactions was legitimate. Balber said Agalarov sent funds to Kaveladze, an employee, to pay various business or personal expenses in the U.S., according to BuzzFeed.
“What is suspicious, or insidious, about a billionaire who pays his employee in the U.S. to pay his business or domestic bills?” Balber said. “This looks like complete nonsense.”
Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani has said the meeting at Trump Tower, which included the then-candidate's oldest son and others, was arranged to seek information about Clinton.
“The meeting was originally for the purpose of getting information about Clinton,” Giuliani said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “It turned out to be a meeting about another subject, and it was not pursued at all."
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