The team that is investigating connections between President Donald Trump’s election campaign and Russian interests appears to be leaking information to the press.
Breitbart reported that the details being leaked seem to have been chosen specifically to damage Trump’s reputation. The team is being led by former FBI Director Robert Mueller, who put the group together last month. Four of the six attorneys he hired for the team donated to the Democratic National Committee or Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.
On Friday, a “person familiar with the probe” told reporters that the special counsel is examining a broad range of transactions involving Trump and his associates’ businesses. This comes a day after Trump himself said that delving into his business matters would be outside the bounds of the Russia investigation.
“The Special Counsel’s Office has undertaken stringent controls to prohibit unauthorized disclosures that deal severely with any member who engages in this conduct,” Joshua Stueve, spokesman for the Special Counsel’s Office wrote in an email response.
The source who leaked the information also said investigators are looking at Russian purchases of apartments in Trump buildings, and Trump’s involvement in a “controversial SoHo development” with Russian associates, the 2013 Miss Universe pageant in Moscow, and Trump’s sale of a Florida mansion to a Russian oligarch in 2008.
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