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

Special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerTop Republican considered Mueller subpoena to box in Democrats Kamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction Dem committees win new powers to investigate Trump MORE is investigating millions of dollars paid between two organizers of the Trump Tower meeting that involved Donald Trump Jr.Donald (Don) John TrumpDemocrats seek to ban federal spending at Trump businesses Republicans, Trump Jr. signal support for embattled West Virginia governor The Hill's Morning Report — US strikes approved against Iran pulled back MORE, top Trump campaign aides and a Russian lawyer who promised damaging information on Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham Clinton'Teflon Don' avoids the scorn of the 'family values' GOP — again Don't expect Trump-sized ratings for Democratic debates Ocasio-Cortez on Biden: 'I think that he's not a pragmatic choice' 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 Trump2020 Democrats spar over socialism ahead of first debate Senate passes .5 billion border bill, setting up fight with House 'Teflon Don' avoids the scorn of the 'family values' GOP — again 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 KushnerJared Kushner, Ivanka Trump to appear at fundraiser for Jim Jordan: report Trump puts the cart before the horse in Palestine Negotiators face major obstacles to meeting July border deadline MORE and Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortREAD: Hannity, Manafort messages released by judge Manafort, Hannity talk Trump, Mueller in previously undisclosed messages FBI, warned early and often that Manafort file might be fake, used it anyway 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.