aside FBI Special Counsel Mueller Is Subpoenaing US President’s Business Records

When one of his friends died in the Vietnam War, Mueller was inspired to join the military. He had been previously pursuing a career in the medical field.
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The FBI’s Special Counsel Robert Mueller III has subpoenaed on March 14, 2018, for the first time, documents directly related to the businesses of the republican President Donald Trump.  Mr. Mueller has ordered the Trump Organization to hand over all records related to Russia and anything else he is investigating.

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On March 14, 2018, Michael S. Schmidt and Maggie Haberman of the New York Times penned the following report, “Mueller Subpoenas Trump Organization, Demanding Documents About Russia”

Excerpts:

 “The special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, has subpoenaed the Trump Organization to turn over documents, including some related to Russia, according to two people briefed on the matter. The order is the first known instance of the special counsel demanding records directly related to President Trump’s businesses, bringing the investigation closer to the president.”

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“The breadth of the subpoena was not clear, nor was it clear why Mr. Mueller issued it instead of simply asking for the documents from the company, an umbrella organization that oversees Mr. Trump’s business ventures. In the subpoena, delivered in recent weeks, Mr. Mueller ordered the Trump Organization to hand over all records related to Russia and other topics he is investigating, the people said.”

“The subpoena is the latest indication that the investigation, which Mr. Trump’s lawyers once regularly assured him would be completed by now, will drag on for at least several more months. Word of the subpoena comes as Mr. Mueller appears to be broadening his investigation to examine the role foreign money may have played in funding Mr. Trump’s political activities. In recent weeks, Mr. Mueller’s investigators have questioned witnesses, including an adviser to the United Arab Emirates, about the flow of Emirati money into the United States.”

“The Trump Organization has typically complied with requests from congressional investigators for documents for their own inquiries into Russian election interference, and there was no indication the company planned to fight Mr. Mueller’s order.”

“Since July 2017, we have advised the public that the Trump Organization is fully cooperative with all investigations, including the special counsel, and is responding to their requests,” said Alan S. Futerfas, a lawyer representing the Trump Organization. “This is old news and our assistance and cooperation with the various investigations remains the same today.”

“Mr. Trump signed a nonbinding “letter of intent” for the project in 2015 and discussed it three times with Mr. Cohen.”

“Mr. Mueller could run afoul of a line the president has warned him not to cross. Though it is not clear how much of the subpoena is related to Mr. Trump’s business beyond ties to Russia, Mr. Trump said in an interview with The New York Times in July that the special counsel would be crossing a “red line” if he looked into his family’s finances beyond any relationship with Russia. The president declined to say how he would respond if he concluded that the special counsel had crossed that line.”

“A month before Mr. Trump spoke of his red line, the White House counsel, Donald F. McGahn II, threatened to quit after Mr. Trump asked him to have Mr. Mueller fired because the president believed he had conflict-of-interest issues that precluded him from running the special counsel investigation.”

“Mr. Mueller was appointed in May (2017) to investigate whether Mr. Trump’s campaign colluded with the Russians to influence the 2016 presidential election and any other matters that may arise from the inquiry. He is also examining whether the president has tried to obstruct the investigation.”

“At the same time, Mr. Trump is considering whether to bring on a new lawyer to help represent him in the special counsel’s investigation. Last week, Mr. Trump spoke with Emmet Flood, a longtime Washington lawyer who represented former President Bill Clinton during the impeachment process, about coming into the White House to deal with the inquiry.”

4 comments

  1. Gronda, the man in the White House has tended to enjoy the use of other people’s money. If Mueller follows those trails, he will find how indebted the President is to his benefactors. It is easier for a man of little convictions to trade favors in a quid pro quo transacting of money. He has done this before, but never when the favors could be treasonous at worst.

    We have to remember how he makes his money – he rents his name to developers for royalties. While not illegal, it shows that he is willing to sell pretty much anything. I am hard pressed to believe he is innocent.
    Keith

    • Dear Keith,

      This subpoena by the FBI’s Special Counsel of President Trump’s business organization is a big deal and it sends a strong signal to the White House not to play any games. I suspect that Mr. Mueller has some of the data to where he’ll know if the Trump legal team are not being straight with him.

      I agree with you. The president is a lot of things, but innocent isn’t one of them.

      Hugs, Gronda

    • Dear 1EarthUnited,

      This tells me a lot. He has wrapped up his case regarding the upcoming “Obstruction of Justice” charges. Now he is looking at his Russian related finances. The case is moving along.

      Hugs, Gronda

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