Mueller investigating Russian payments made by Trump Tower meeting organizers: report

Special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE is investigating millions of dollars paid between two organizers of the Trump Tower meeting that involved Donald Trump Jr.Donald (Don) John TrumpHouse chairman: Trump lawyers may have given false info about Cohen payments Sarah Sanders says she was interviewed by Mueller's office Trump dismisses Ann Coulter after criticism: 'I hardly know her' MORE, top Trump campaign aides and a Russian lawyer who promised damaging information on Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonRoger Stone shares, quickly deletes Instagram photo of federal judge on his case Barack, Michelle Obama expected to refrain from endorsing in 2020 Dem primary: report Why the national emergency? A second term may be Trump’s only shield from an indictment MORE.

BuzzFeed News reports that Mueller's team is examining $3.3 million in payments between Aras Agalarov — a real estate developer and Russian billionaire with close ties to both President TrumpDonald John TrumpRosenstein expected to leave DOJ next month: reports Allies wary of Shanahan's assurances with looming presence of Trump States file lawsuit seeking to block Trump's national emergency declaration MORE and Russian President Vladimir Putin — and Agalarov's longtime employee, Irakly “Ike” Kaveladze.

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Kaveladze, who was also involved in planning the June 2016 meeting that Trump associates say resulted in no cooperation between Moscow and the Trump campaign, has been investigated in the past for money laundering, according to BuzzFeed News.

Officials at three separate banks raised concerns about the legality of the transactions, according to BuzzFeed, though the documents obtained by the news site do not show that the money was linked to the Trump Tower meeting.

The money began moving on June 3, the same day that Trump Jr., Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the American Academy of HIV Medicine - Will there be any last-minute shutdown drama? Rule change sharpens Dem investigations into Trump Drama hits Senate Intel panel’s Russia inquiry MORE and Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortRoger Stone shares, quickly deletes Instagram photo of federal judge on his case Mueller probe figures use fame to pay bills Mueller subpoenas former Cambridge Analytica employee MORE met with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya at Trump Tower in Manhattan, according to the documents.

Four federal law enforcement officials told BuzzFeed that Mueller's office is investigating the transactions, though the special counsel's office declined to comment to BuzzFeed.

Scott Balber, an attorney for the two Russian men named in the documents, dismissed insinuations that the money was used for purposes related to the meeting.

“This looks like complete nonsense," Balber said. "It’s obvious the events of June 2016 have been a focal point of the special counsel’s investigation, various congressional inquiries, tremendous media attention and the like. We are in the lens of that reality, so it doesn’t surprise me that there’s been some flyspecking, some gross overreporting by a number of financial institutions."

Manafort, who at the time was Trump's campaign chairman, struck a plea deal with Mueller's team earlier this month, allowing him to avoid a second criminal trial on the heels of one in August where a jury convicted him on eight counts of bank and tax fraud.

The deal signed by Manafort includes a "cooperation agreement" with the special counsel's office, according to court filings. Manafort and other current and former Trump officials have long denied any collusion with Russia during the 2016 election.