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Investigators Sought Assistance From Manafort's Son-in-Law

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Investigators approached Jeffrey Yohai, Paul Manafort's son-in-law, for cooperation in ramping up pressure on the former campaign chairman for President Donald Trump, according to a Thursday report in Politico.

Manafort, who has not been accused of any wrongdoing, is a focus of congressional and federal probes into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential campaign. His business and real estate transactions, some of which involve Yohai, are also under scrutiny.

Investigators are attempting to get "into Manafort's head," according to one of three people familiar with the probe who spoke to Politico.

Last month, investigators raided Manafort's Alexandria, Va., home and seized materials.

Manafort's representatives have said that he is not cooperating with the investigators. "Paul's been forthcoming, but he's not a cooperating witness and any suggestion to that effect is silly," Manafort spokesman Jason Maloni said in July. On Wednesday, people close to Manafort said he had no plans to become a cooperating witness, Politico reported.

"Manafort is — on many levels — a key subject of the investigation and someone who might be leveraged to share information about others," said one white-collar attorney who has a client involved in the probe.

The approach finds a suspected crime such as false tax return statements, then offers leniency in exchange for cooperation, Politico notes. 

"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," said white-collar attorney William Jeffress.

Special counsel Robert Mueller would have jurisdiction over any real estate transactions involving Yohai, Manafort, and Russians, and Mueller could push Yohai to provide details about Manafort's campaign role, according to Jeffress.

Renato Mariotti, a former federal prosecutor, rejected comments from Manafort associates who have said the former campaign chairman has no Trump information that would matter to investigators in the probe.

"That's very often the case that people involved in wrongdoing aren't candid with even their closest friends and associates and family, because they don't want to disappoint the people they're closest to," Mariotti said in Politico.

In June, The New York Times reported that the FBI was probing real estate deals involving Manafort and Yohai.

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Investigators approached Jeffrey Yohai, Paul Manafort's son-in-law, for cooperation in ramping up pressure on the former campaign chairman for President Donald Trump, according to a Thursday report in Politico.
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