Special Counsel Robert Mueller has been a busy man the last few weeks. While most everyone was paying attention to the Brett Kavanaugh media circus, Mueller was able to keep a low profile while working the Trump-Russia investigation.
According to a report from the New York Post on Monday, Federal officials have frozen a sprawling five story mansion on the Upper East Side Manhattan owned by Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska. Per the report, the seizure is a direct result of the Deripaska being placed on the U.S. sanctions list after allegations he is “involved in murder, money-laundering, bribery and racketeering.”
If that name doesn’t ring a bell, Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, who was recently convicted in federal court on eight counts of financial crimes, was once on the Russian oligarch’s payroll.
The mansion, built in 1899 and purchased by Deripaska for $42,500,000 in 2008, is said to span a half block east of Central Park. Its current occupant, Dasha Zhukova, is the ex-wife of Russian oligarch Roman Abrmovich, who is reportedly business partners with Deripaska.
Interestingly enough, as the New York Post explains, Ivanka Trump just so happens to be one of Zhukova’s good friends.
“The two are so close that Zhukova and Abramovich often traveled and socialized with Trump and her husband, presidential son-in-law/adviser Jared Kushner, all over the world — from jet-setting hot spots in Russia and Croatia to Aspen and New York,” reported the NY Post.
“Zhukova is dating Greek shipping heir Stavros Niarchos, while Abramovich reportedly is dating Deripaska’s estranged wife, Polina Deripaska,” the NY Post added.
Also, another note of interest tied to Deripaska’s name is that FBI agents are seeking his cooperation as part of the special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into the Trump-Russia scandal.
Mueller moves on Trump Tower…
The government is now moving to seize Paul Manafort’s assets, including unit 43G in Trump Tower, as part of a plea agreement signed last month with special counsel Robert Mueller.
In a court document filed on Friday, Mueller asked a federal judge in Washington, D.C., to grant the government “full and exclusive custody and control” over nine assets previously belonging to Manafort, ABC News reports.
Manafort’s plea deal requires him to fully cooperate with federal and non-federal investigators. He’s had several interviews with several different investigators and he’s already given up intel that is expected to make political waves across Washington in the near future.