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The Latest: Manafort spokesman appears before grand jury

Posted September 15

— The Latest on probes into Russian meddling in the 2016 election (all times local):

2:45 p.m.

The longtime spokesman for former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort has appeared before a grand jury in Washington.

Jason Maloni, a president of a public relations firm, appeared Friday in front of a federal grand jury that special counsel Robert Mueller is using to investigate potential ties between Russia and the Trump campaign.

Maloni said in a statement afterward that he was required to appear as a witness before the grand jury and that he had answered questions and complied with the obligation.

It was not immediately clear why Mueller and his team were interested in bringing Maloni before the grand jury.

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12:06 p.m.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley is considering issuing subpoenas to President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman and two FBI officials close to fired director James Comey as part of the panel's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 elections.

It would be a second subpoena for Paul Manafort, Trump's former campaign chairman. Grassley and California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the panel's top Democrat, subpoenaed Manafort in July but rescinded it when he agreed to continue to negotiate an interview. Manafort has yet to appear.

It would be the first subpoenas for the two FBI officials, Jim Rybicki and Carl Ghattas, after the Justice Department declined to let them testify.

Committee aides said the panel is mulling the three subpoenas. They spoke on condition of anonymity because the negotiations are private.

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