All of Trump’s screams about a witch hunt isn’t slowing Mueller down as he moves into a new revealing phase of his Russia investigation.
After national intelligence agencies concluded that Russia had attempted to hack the election in favor of a Donald Trump victory, congressional and a federal investigation was launched. Following Trump’s suspicious firing of CIA Director James Comey, special prosecutor Robert Mueller was appointed to oversee the investigation.
Both the congressional investigation and Mueller’s have unearthed interesting finds, such as business ties between Trump’s business and Moscow, plans for meetings between Trump and Putin, and connections between multiple officials close to Trump and Russia.
As their investigation of the attempted hacking of the election and possible collusion between Trump and Russia to do so continues, Trump gets more and more frantic. His supporters, including some Congressmen, are starting to notice, and want this Russia business locked away, where nobody can dig deeper into its secrets.
However, Mueller is not showing signs of stopping. He just keeps gaining speed.
What’s Happening Now:
Now, Mueller is calling in the only people Trump is more scared of than possible leakers in his own inner circle: the IRS.
Mueller is working with members of the IRS’s Criminal Investigations unit, which is dedicated to prosecuting financial crimes. Apparently, the FBI is not properly equipped to investigate matters of financial crime, so they called in the experts.
For Mueller to invest federal money in calling in a new unit means he has a lead to follow, and that lead may be connected to Trump and his bank accounts.
One of the largest issues on the 2016 campaign trail was Trump’s refusal to hand over his tax returns, a long-standing tradition of presidential candidates. Hillary Clinton, who Trump repeatedly demeaned as a dishonest and “nasty” woman, handed hers over to the people. Trump refused, saying it was because he was under audit, even though the IRS made it clear that him sharing his tax returns would in no way impede their audit.
Trump then said he would share his tax returns if elected. He took it back once he arrived in the Oval Office. The tax returns are nowhere in sight, and likely never will be.
Unless this investigation turns up something interesting and brings to light the real reasons Trump refuses to let America see his tax returns.
And Trump isn’t the only one under the microscope. Mueller has also teamed up with New York Attorney General Eric Schemederman to look into Paul Manafort, Trump’s old campaign manager, and his possible ties to Russia. Manafort’s investigation also revolves around possible financial crime such as money laundering.
Interestingly enough, Trump has previously warned Mueller against investigating his family’s finances.
Mueller has never indicated that he was scared of Trump or his continuous threats over the Russia investigation. If Mueller thinks following the taxes will lead him to a conclusion on Trump and his inner circle, he will dutifully follow that trail.
Intimidation isn’t going to save Trump from this one.