During a jumbled and bizarre interview with The New York Times, United States President Donald Trump stated that the ongoing investigation being conducted by former FBI Director Robert Mueller should not have to veer into his personal business dealings. Less than two days later, financial news media giant Bloomberg reported that Special Counsel Mueller is now investigating the business dealings of the Trump administration.
Mueller was appointed by the Department of Justice to investigate serious allegations of collusion between Trump’s political campaign and Russian operatives; this appointment was made after President Trump fired former FBI Director James Comey, who was leading the aforementioned investigation. Although Mueller has not made an official announcement, the Bloomberg report asserts that the source of the information was an investigative official.
An Alleged History of Money Laundering
The Bloomberg news story comes a week after a damning investigative report published by New Republic about the long history of apparent money laundering facilitated by Trump business entities for the benefit of shadowy Russian individuals with ties to organized crime and the Kremlin. Special Counsel Mueller was appointed by the Department of Justice to investigate serious allegations of collusion between Trump’s political campaign and Russian operatives. According to Bloomberg, the investigation will now focus on real estate acquisitions by suspicious Russian buyers. There are numerous business deals to explore, including loans and real estate transfers in New York and Miami Beach. The 2013 Miss Universe pageant, which was held in Moscow, will also be scrutinized along with the former post held by Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross at the Bank of Cyprus. Moreover, certain financing sought by the family of Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, a White House official, will be investigated since it is also connected to strange Russian dealings.
There are now three official investigations into the uncomfortable ties between Trump and Russia: one is a Congressional inquiry that will soon hear testimony from Trump’s firstborn son as well as from Michael Flynn, a retired Army General and former White House staffer who also has connections to Russia. The FBI investigation, which was interrupted by the dismissal of James Comey is now supporting the third investigation by special counsel Mueller.
Trump Against the Ropes
According to a report published by Newsweek, President Trump would cross a major line should he decide to interfere with the Mueller investigation. If Trump moves to dismiss Mueller as he did Comey, Congressional Republicans may stage a revolt and support impeachment hearings that have been proposed by Democrats. It should be noted that Trump is not personally under investigation, but this development related to the special counsel investigation is certainly getting closer, particularly because it may pick up on a money laundering investigation of Trump’s businesses in 2008. That case was picking up steam in March 2017, but it was suspended by the abrupt firing of former US Attorney Preet Bharara, a prosecutor apparently feared by the President.
To make matters worse for Trump, Special Counsel Mueller is legendary for his ability to wrap up investigations by following the money.