Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation has been all over the headlines in recent weeks, and no matter how hard the Trump Administration tries to pretend that all is well in the White House, intelligent Americans can clearly see that Trump’s short-lived empire is slowly crumbling at his feet.
Shortly after news broke of the F.B.I.’s raid on Paul Manafort’s home, people in Trump’s circle began to noticeably sweat the possibility that they’d be next. Now, we have confirmation that Mueller’s investigation has targeted Manafort as well.
According to Bloomberg:
“Mueller’s team of investigators has sent subpoenas in recent weeks from a Washington grand jury to global banks for account information and records of transactions involving Manafort and some of his companies, as well as those of a long-time business partner, Rick Gates, according to people familiar with the matter.”
The banks are not the only outlets the grand jury has reached out to in order to retain any shred of evidence against Manafort, including Manafort’s own son-in-law, and a “Ukrainian Oligarch.” It is reported that Manafort will likely see other financial trouble as a result of such deep digging into his monetary trouble.
Dmitry Firtash is the Ukrainian Oligarch in question, and he is facing extradition to the U.S. for matters surrounding this case. Firtash put $25 million into a real estate deal that Paul Manafort started about 10 years ago. The deal quickly picked up investors. Firtash, however came under scrutiny in Austria when he was “charged in an unrelated case with paying bribes in India in violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.”
This is not the end of Manafort’s trouble, as Bloomberg reports, “Federal prosecutors in Manhattan were investigating Manafort earlier this year, examining allegations that he laundered money from eastern Europe into New York properties, according to two people familiar with the earlier inquiry. The Southern District of New York handed off their work to the special counsel’s team once Mueller was appointed, the people said.”
This is the beginning of the end for Trump and all his cronies.