Special Counsel Robert Mueller is still thoroughly investigating Mr. Trump and wants to know all there is about anything and everything related to the Trump campaign, which may eventually lead to the president’s demise. There is no slowing down for Mueller and his team.
Now, Mueller’s team is specifically asking about Trump’s business dealings in Russia prior to the 2016 presidential campaign. According to CNN:
‘Questions to some witnesses during wide-ranging interviews included the timing of Trump’s decision to seek the presidency, potentially compromising information the Russians may have had about him, and why efforts to brand a Trump Tower in Moscow fell through, two sources said.’
This would lead one to believe that Mueller is reaching farther back in an attempt to understand how Russia may have influenced Trump at the time he was discussing deals in Moscow and contemplating running for president. CNN reported:
‘Mueller was appointed to investigate Russian meddling in the 2016 campaign. The President claims that any investigation of his family’s finances would be a breach of the special counsel’s mandate.’
Two sources have said they aren’t even sure if Mueller has enough evidence from his questions to indicate wrongdoing. However, one of the sources said:
‘You ask everything even if you don’t think it’s credible, the allegations are out there, and it was checking the box.’
One investigator from Mueller’s team asked a witness specifically about when Trump became serious about running for president. The investigators were interested in how that coincided with his business ventures.
According to CNN:
‘The source said the witness told Mueller’s team his impression was that Trump was serious about running back in 2014. Trump tweeted earlier this month that he “didn’t know” that he was going to run for president in 2014. This witness was also asked whether Russians had been seen in the office at Trump Tower New York prior to 2015. The answer was no.’
‘For the pageant, Trump partnered with Aras Agalarov, and his son, Emin Agalarov, billionaire real estate developers in Russia. In congressional testimony last year, Donald Trump Jr. said that “preliminary discussions” to build a tower in Moscow began between the Trump Organization and the Agalarovs after the Miss Universe pageant. Trump tweeted with excitement about the potential project, saying “Trump Tower-Moscow is next.'”‘
‘The Trump Organization has never disclosed exactly how much it was paid to hold the beauty pageant in Russia. But Trump’s lawyers said in a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee that the Trump Organization made $12.2 million from foreign sources that year, and a “substantial portion” came from the Moscow event.’
‘Along these lines, the source said, investigators were interested in logistics surrounding Trump’s hotel room in Moscow: Who was there? Who would have access to it? Who was in charge of security? Who was moving around with him during the trip?’
‘ Trump even signed a non-binding letter of intent in October 2015. But Cohen says he cut off negotiations in January 2016. One of the sources said Mueller’s team has also asked about this project, in addition to the potential Agalarov deal.’
‘nothing to do with Russia.’
‘any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation.’