A Russian billionaire who bought a villa President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump interrupts Missouri campaign collection after wife collapses Fox News hosts join Trump on the stage of the Missouri campaign collection Nate Silver in final interim projections: "Democrats need a few things that go awry" to lose MORE 2008 in a shop that is now being investigated by a special adviser Robert MüllerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: The US should welcome Mueller's decision as head of the Russia investigation MORE was detained in Monaco on Tuesday and interviewed in connection with an ongoing corruption investigation.

Dmitri Rybolovlev, president of AS Monaco, was voluntarily detained by the authorities in Monaco on Tuesday and is being investigated on charges of corruption and interference, according to French intelligence Le Monde.

In a statement, the lawyers of Rybolovlev, Hervé Temime and Thomas Giaccardi, demanded that his presumption of innocence be "respected" in the interviews.

"We regret the breach of the confidentiality of the lawsuit that constitutes this information, and we demand that the presumption of innocence regarding Mr. Rybolovlev be strictly respected," they said in an email to The Hill.

"In addition," she added, "the information that formed the basis of the case was confiscated by Mr Rybolovlev's mobile phone, a lawsuit that itself is the subject of a pending case in the Monaco Court of Cassation."

Rybolovlev was the buyer of a villa in Florida by Trump in 2008 for $ 95 million, a significant increase over the $ 41 million Trump had paid for the property just four years earlier. Rybolovlev did not live in the villa, but divided the property into three lots, of which he sold two for a total of $ 71 million, according to the New York Times.

His purchase of the villa is one of several Trump business transactions that Bloomberg News reported last year, and was investigated by Müller, who proves alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government during the 2016 elections.

In Monaco, Rybolovlev is being investigated since SMS has surfaced. It was then announced that his lawyer had regular contact with senior police officers in Monaco and lured them with tickets and other perks, the Times said. No charges have yet been filed.

Monaco Minister of Justice Philippe Narmino resigned last year because of the scandal when it was announced that he had thanked Rybolovlev by the Russian lawyer for a helicopter flight to the Rybolovlev ski resort.

Trump and his allies have attacked the special prosecutor investigating the president's business, which they claim is outside of Müller's mandate in the Department of Justice.

Update at 16:15



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