The Internal Revenue Service’s Criminal Investigation unit has reportedly been tapped by special counsel Robert Mueller’s office to help investigate financial ties between Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and Russia.

According to a report Thursday in the Daily Beast, Mueller’s office has turned to the Criminal Investigation unit because of the extensive financial expertise of its agents. Mueller, a former director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, has experience working with IRS agents employed by the unit during joint investigations by the FBI and the IRS of crimes such as tax evasion and money laundering. By teaming with the IRS, Mueller might presumably get access to Trump's tax returns, which the president has so far refused to release.

The IRS did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Mueller’s office is also reportedly now working with New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman on the investigation of former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort’s financial transactions with Russia, according to Politico.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller III, testifying before Congress when he was FBI director
Special Counsel Robert Mueller III, testifying before Congress when he was FBI director Chris Kleponis/Bloomberg News

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Michael Cohn

Michael Cohn

Michael Cohn, editor-in-chief of AccountingToday.com, has been covering business and technology for a variety of publications since 1985.