IRS Reportedly Sharing Information About Trump Campaign Officials With Mueller

IRS Reportedly Sharing Information About Trump Campaign Officials With Mueller”

The IRS has given Special Counsel Robert Mueller financial information for members of the Trump presidential campaign and administration. But the IRS was apparently irked when Mueller's team obtained a warrant to raid Manafort's Virginia home in late July in search of bank records and other financial documents.

The result is that financial documents stretching back 11 years are now available to his investigators, mostly covering former Donald Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn.

CNN reported Tuesday that the Manafort raid was the subject of inter-agency acrimony, with the IRS refusing to participate because of fears Mueller's team would interfere with their earlier financial probe.

That Mueller has enlisted the IRS-CI, Mariotti wrote earlier this month, "very strongly indicates" that he has uncovered evidence of a tax crime and is investigating it.

However, "it is not clear whether the special counsel has asked for or obtained Trump's tax returns", CNN reported. Sources say if Mueller's office does have Trump's returns, then Rosenstein, who oversees the probe, likely would have needed to sign off, given the sensitivity surrounding the matter. It's unclear if Flynn is now or was previously under investigation by the IRS. Normally, a Department of Justice official told CNN, the IRS would need a specific grand jury subpoena to share this kind of information with another agency.

Manafort has been under investigation off and on for several years by the FBI.

The special counsel's office chose to proceed with the search on Manafort's home with only Federal Bureau of Investigation agents carrying it out, the sources said. Previous tax-related documents were seized by Federal Bureau of Investigation agents when they raided Manafort's home in July. "You can't charge tax cases without them". His lawyer didn't immediately comment for the CNN story.

The IRS Criminal Investigation division and the special counsel's office also declined to comment to CNN.

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