Special Counsel Robert Mueller is digging into the finances of popular vote loser Donald Trump, especially those records related to his connections with Russia as he was considering his run for the office.
Trump has previously considered, and likely still does, any such inquiries into his finances a breach of the mandate for Mueller. It’s not, of course, but Trump is clueless about the law, so there’s that.
Remember the New York Times interview where Trump left open the possibility of firing Mueller and, when asked if a look at the Trump family’s finances beyond any relationship with Russia would cross a red line, replied, “I would say yes, I think that’s a violation.”? Well, Mueller didn’t listen.
Robert Mueller’s Investigators are now asking witnesses about Donald Trump’s business activities in Russia prior to the 2016 presidential campaign as he considered a run for president, according to a new CNN report.
Questions to some witnesses during wide-ranging interviews included the timing of Trump’s decision to seek the presidency, potentially compromising information the Russians may have had about him, and why efforts to brand a Trump Tower in Moscow fell through, two sources said.
The lines of inquiry indicate Mueller’s team is reaching beyond the campaign to explore how the Russians might have sought to influence Trump at a time when he was discussing deals in Moscow and contemplating a presidential run.
Mueller was appointed to investigate Russian meddling in the 2016 campaign. The President claims that any investigation of his family’s finances would be a breach of the special counsel’s mandate.
Seth Abramson has been saying that the investigation should follow the money trail for some time, claiming that now that it’s happening, it’s for the good of America, because it’s bad for Trump, of course:
It seems almost inevitable at this point that we’re going to find out that Trump decided to run for President at the same time he made some shady deals with Russia. Is there really any doubt?