The New York, New Jersey and Connecticut states that filed suits in New York and New Jersey alleging that Donald Trump Jr. and Paul Manafort were acting as intermediaries in an effort to help elect Hillary Clinton.
The suit filed Monday in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York alleges that Manafort was paid $50,000 in 2015 to lobby for a pro-Clinton super PAC and $50-per-minute phone calls to voters in Pennsylvania and Ohio.
The New Jersey suit was filed Monday.
It alleges that a third person, Carter Page, “was also paid $10,000 to conduct research on Hillary Clinton and the 2016 election.”
The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post have all reported on the case.
The Times, which is owned by News Corp., and the Post have said they are cooperating with the investigation.
The Post reported Monday that Manafort and Trump Jr., the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, were in contact with Russian operatives, including a Russian banker.
Manafort was the subject of the FBI’s criminal investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, which ended in May.
In a statement to The Associated Press, Trump Jr said he was “disappointed” with the news reports.
“I have been told that there is no evidence that I was involved in any way, shape or form, in the Russian government’s efforts to help Donald Trump win the White House,” he said.
“While I was not involved, I have no reason to believe that any of the statements made by Mr. Trump Jr.” are accurate.
He said the allegations are “not true” and “false.”
The statement also said Trump Jr.’s father has denied any involvement in the campaign.
The AP also said Monday that Trump Jr did not receive any of Manafort’s emails.
Manafort’s lawyer, Brad Parscale, said Monday on MSNBC that he was in touch with the FBI and has been cooperating with their investigation.
“The president did not even know of it,” Parscale said.
Parscale also said he and his client, who did not respond to requests for comment, did not know about the meeting.
Trump has denied ever knowing anything about the Russia investigation and his lawyer, Marc Kasowitz, has said he will be cooperating with federal investigators.
The president is expected to announce a decision on Manafort’s removal Tuesday, according to The New Republic.
Trump’s lawyer has denied the allegations in a statement released Monday by the Trump Organization.
“Donald Trump Jr and Paul B. Manafort have never met with any Russians, nor have they discussed any matter of public interest,” Kasowitz said.
Trump, Jr. said he learned about the allegations from a person with whom he had “intimate information” and who is “very close” to him.
“If true, that would certainly be a concern, and if not, that’s OK with me,” he added.
Manafort has been subpoenaed by the FBI to testify in the investigation into alleged Russian interference and possible collusion between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin, according, to The Washington Times.
The FBI has also subpoenaed Manafort’s business records and financial records, including loans and debt, and Manafort’s phone records, The Times reported.
The former Trump campaign chairman has not yet responded to the subpoenas.
The Republican National Committee said Monday it will file a complaint against Manafort.
“Manafort’s past actions demonstrate a pattern of reckless and illegal behavior,” RNC spokesman Brad Dayspring said in a written statement.
“This is a blatant effort to interfere with the federal government’s investigation of the Russian campaign.
He should immediately resign.”
Manafort’s lawyers have also filed a motion for summary judgment that will ask the judge to declare the court’s order to produce the documents unconstitutional.
“They’re trying to use this for political purposes,” said Robert Bork, who served as chief judge of the federal court for the District of Columbia from 1987 to 1991.
“What they want is to have a lot of documents from the president and his family, so they can use them against the president in the court of public opinion.”
Manafort has denied he had any improper contact with Russians and said in sworn testimony that he has not had any contact with any Russian official during the campaign and was not aware of any contacts with Russians.
Manafort resigned from the Trump administration in July 2016 amid the FBI investigation into his business dealings.
He was appointed by former President Donald Trump to a second term as chairman of the Trump Campaign, and he stepped down in September 2016.
Manafort denied wrongdoing in the indictment.
“It is not my intention to make false statements about my business dealings, or any of my activities for that matter,” Manafort said in the statement.
He added: “I’ve been called a liar, a thief, and a con man.
This is my way of apologizing for any harm that may have been done.”
Manafort is accused of working as an intermediary between Trump Jr, Manafort and other Trump campaign associates.
In the statement Monday, Manafort said he met