If perhaps you were wondering where Special Counsel Robert Mueller will make his case, and what evidence he will use to prove if any members of the Trump team conspired with Russia during the 2016 election, court records now suggest that Mueller and his team of investigators are following the money trail.
The Hill reports:
“Special counsel Robert Mueller has obtained more than 100,000 pages of financial records as part of the case against President Trump‘s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his business associate Richard Gates, according to court filings on Friday.
Manafort and Gates were charged last month with money laundering and tax fraud. Court filings on Friday indicate that Mueller’s team expects to share hundreds of thousands of documents pertinent to the case, including the financial records, with defense attorneys by Monday.”
Additionally, Mueller has also:
“Issued 15 search warrants related to the case against Manafort, and has targeted bank accounts in the Grenadines, Cyprus and Saint Vincent believed to be used by the former Trump aide.”
The sheer volume of data already gathered by Mueller’s team is staggering:
- 400,000 documents
- 36 electronic devices
Just this week, Manafort drew the ire of Mueller by co-authoring on an op-ed with an operative tied to the Kremlin. That article was slated to run in a Ukranian publication, but the very fact that Manafort was associated with a Russian national directly violated his bail agreement, as federal prosecutors noted in their filing with the court:
“The editorial clearly was undertaken to influence the public’s opinion of defendant Manafort, or else there would be no reason to seek its publication (much less for Manafort and his long-time associate to ghostwrite it in another’s name.)”
Mueller is getting ever closer to the White House. Keep in mind that Manafort was part of Trump’s inner circle for key portions of the 2016 race for the White House. He may also have financial connections to the president, Jared Kushner, and the Trump Organization, which is currently being run by Donald Trump Jr. and his brother, Eric.
How do you bring a crooked president to his knees and remove him from office? By following the money, just like in Watergate.
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