Mueller goes after Trump’s Money Sources, Impanels Russia Grand Jury
Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating President Donald Trump and the connections between his 2016 presidential campaign and Russia has put together a grand jury to dig deeper into Trump’s business and personal finances, according to sources close to the investigation.
The Wall Street Journal quotes sources as confirming that Mueller has put together a grand jury in Washington D.C. to dig further into collusion between the 2016 presidential campaign of Mr. Trump and Russian authorities, and the sources of his personal and business finances.
“This is a significant development. If Mueller feels that there is a need to impanel a grand jury, it must mean that he believes he has enough to keep going and that cannot be good for Trump and those around him,” a Democrat with intimate knowledge of the investigation told The Liberal Advocate News moments after news of the grand jury broke moments ago.
Earlier this week, spokesman for special counsel Mueller, Josh Stueve confirmed that the special counsel added Greg Andres, a high-powered attorney with expertise in white-collar crimes to his already loaded legal team.
Experts believe one area Mueller is looking closely into is Trump and his associates’ financial ties with Vladimir Putin and Russia.
Sources say the investigation has widened to focus more on financial crimes not necessarily connected to the 2016 presidential elections.
Mueller is also looking into whether Trump, by firing former FBI director James Comey earlier this year, attempted to obstruct justice.
One day after firing Comey, Trump told the Russians that firing the “nut job” lifted pressure on him, a comment experts say indicates the point of firing Comey was to stop the investigation by the FBI.
“I just fired the head of the F.B.I. He was crazy, a real nut job. I faced great pressure because of Russia. That’s taken off,” Trump reportedly told the Russians.
Then White House spokesman Sean Spicer later confirmed that the president spoke to Russian President Vladimir Putin about Comey’s dismissal.
“By grandstanding and politicizing the investigation into Russia’s actions, James Comey created unnecessary pressure on our ability to engage and negotiate with Russia,” Mr. Spicer said.
“The investigation would have always continued, and obviously, the termination of Comey would not have ended it. Once again, the real story is that our national security has been undermined by the leaking of private and highly classified conversations,” he added.
South Carolina Republican Lindsey Graham and New Jersey Democrat Cory Booker have introduced a bipartisan bill in the U.S. Senate to ensure Trump cannot fire Mueller or impede his investigation in any way.
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