Russia

Trump Himself is Under Investigation.

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

As far as we know, Trump was not personally under investigation when he fired former FBI director James Comey, but firing the FBI director has a way of changing things.

The Washington Post first reported last night that special prosecutor and former FBI director Robert Mueller is investigating Trump for obstruction of justice. And there's more.

Investigators have also been looking for any evidence of possible financial crimes among Trump associates, officials said. [...]

The obstruction-of-justice investigation of the president began days after Comey was fired on May 9, according to people familiar with the matter. Mueller’s office has taken up that work, and the preliminary interviews scheduled with intelligence officials indicate that his team is actively pursuing potential witnesses inside and outside the government.

According to the New York Times, the "financial crimes" Mueller is investigating includes possible money laundering.

A former senior official said Mr. Mueller’s investigation was looking at money laundering by Trump associates. The suspicion is that any cooperation with Russian officials would most likely have been in exchange for some kind of financial payoff, and that there would have been an effort to hide the payments, probably by routing them through offshore banking centers.

The Times report does not speculate who may have run Trump's money laundering operation, but I think we know who it was. We learned months ago that Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort, who has deep ties to Russian and Ukrainian oligarchs, was funneling money through offshore bank accounts in Cyprus. It's possible he was conducting legitimate business, but color me skeptical.

Trump had a meltdown on Twitter this morning where he accused the "deep state" of conducting a "witch hunt," but Trump has only himself to blame. He has personally made it very clear that he fired James Comey because he wouldn't drop the investigation of his buddy, former national security adviser Michael Flynn. Moreover, he simply won't keep his stupid mouth shut.

  • Milt Zmijewski

    If Trump directed the money laundering and it is proven in a court of law, all of his assets can be taken over by the government. We really will be poor Donald.

  • Aynwrong

    Everyone here has already summed it up nicely so, I’m just gonna drop this off right here.
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  • muselet

    The problem with special prosecutors is that they often don’t know or care when to stop (hi, Ken Starr!). If Robert Mueller’s investigation goes on too long, it’ll further undermine public confidence in the very idea of special prosecutors.

    Of course, what the public must realize is that Mueller and his team are operating in a target-rich environment. They have to sort through penny-ante corruption, self-dealing, money laundering and obstruction of justice. That’s going to take some time.

    Our long national nightmare, part 2, is only just beginning.

    –alopecia

    • Scopedog

      That’s certainly a worthy concern but remember that Mueller is not Ken Starr. Mueller was the well-respected head of the FBI before Comey and honestly, yes, he is operating in a target-rich environment where many of the targets are just dropping evidence of their guilt left and right.

      • muselet

        I didn’t mean to imply any equivalence between Ken Starr and Robert Mueller. I was just noting that the activities of special counsels/prosecutors/whatevers tend to go on for a long time.

        –alopecia

  • Badgerite

    “Follow the money.”

    • muselet

      Sometimes, you can’t improve on the classics.

      –alopecia

  • Badgerite
  • Al Capone his ass. I don’t care what he goes down for; any of his crimes will do. Just bring him down. 😠

  • Finally, finally! Now let’s see what comes of it.