Congress Stuns Trump & Moves To Expose Impeachable Money Laundering Pipeline


No matter how hard he tries, Donald Trump just cannot escape the looming shadow of federal investigation. You might think that Trump merely sold his soul to Russia for a chance at the presidency of the United States, but the depth of his entanglement is unimaginably deeper. Despite his increasingly unhinged denials…

… Trump is in deep.

Congress refuses to rest, and is following every lead that could result in Trump being held accountable for his long history of alleged abuses. Much of his despicable behavior is hard to prosecute, but financial crimes always leave a very detailed paper trail.

In May and December of 2017, the House’s Committee on Financial Services formally asked Secretary of the Treasury (and low-budget John Oliver), Steven Mnuchin, to deliver documents related to Trump’s Russian financial ties. Both requests were ignored. This isn’t surprising, given that those very documents will likely implicate Mnuchin himself in a multi-national money laundering scheme. The governmental agency charged with investigating federal financial crimes (FinCEN), such as money laundering, is headed by the very man that should be under investigation.

It turns out that there should be more stringent requirements for being appointed Secretary of Treasury than just really liking to stand near money.

Today, the tenacious committee members unloaded again on Mnuchen. This request (via Bloomberg Politics) is the most strongly worded yet, with damning supporting evidence that Mnuchin is compromised and should recuse himself from any decisions relating to the Trump/Russia financial scandal.

Among other requests, the committee specifically asks Mnuchen:

“Have you ever directed, or has any other Trump Administration official, Trump campaign official or Trump family member called on you to direct U.S. Treasury officials or staff members to obscure, destroy, or withhold information implicating the President, Trump campaign officials, Trump family members or his associates?”

But what would Mnuchin’s motive be? Why would he cover up these financial crimes for Trump? Oh, that’s right. He served as the Trump campaign’s finance chair. He was intimately involved, part of the inner circle. Just like our favorite spigot of information, Steve Bannon. In fact, Bannon’s stunning revelations in Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury: Inside Trump’s White House only give more weight to the theory that the campaign and Trump organization both knew about these financial indiscretions.

“This is all about money laundering. Their path to [expletive] Trump goes right through Paul Manafort, Don Jr. and Jared Kushner.It’s as plain as a hair on your face.”

If Bannon, who served as the campaign’s CEO, knew about this dirty cash pipeline, then there’s no question that the finance chair of the campaign knew, too.

Further support of this theory comes from Mnuchin’s own actions as head of the Treasury Department:

Donnie T.’s got a big grudge against FinCEN. Before his cronies were installed in leadership, FinCEN fined one of Trump’s casinos for…. wait for it: money laundering! In 2015, the then-director of FinCEN issued this statement:

“Like all casinos in this country, Trump Taj Mahal has a duty to help protect our financial system from being exploited by criminals, terrorists, and other bad actors. Far from meeting these expectations, poor compliance practices, over many years, left the casino and our financial system unacceptably exposed.”

Trump thinks he’s smart.

But the combined efforts of congress, other public servants, state and federal agencies, and the intelligence community are unrelenting. The march of justice has begun.

Featured image via Getty/Andrew Harrer

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