If reports are true one day after comments from the President about Mueller, he just took off the gloves….
A report today from Bloomberg disclosed that the Mueller investigation is expanding its probe to include Trump business dealings and his associates. According to Bloomberg, the information came from…yup…you guessed it “a person familiar with the probe.”
Miraculously this was leaked the date after the New York Times reported that the President warned Mueller that “digging into matters beyond Russia would be out of bounds.” Bloomberg News reports:
FBI investigators and others are looking at Russian purchases of apartments in Trump buildings, Trump’s involvement in a controversial SoHo development with Russian associates, the 2013 Miss Universe pageant in Moscow and Trump’s sale of a Florida mansion to a Russian oligarch in 2008, the person said.
Agents are also interested in dealings with the Bank of Cyprus, where Wilbur Ross served as vice chairman before he became commerce secretary, as well as the efforts of Jared Kushner, the President’s son-in-law, and White House aide, to secure financing for some of his family’s real estate properties. The information was provided by someone familiar with the developing inquiry but not authorized to speak publicly.
Joshua Stueve, Mueller’s spokesman, declined to comment, as did Abbe Lowell, a lawyer for Kushner and a Manafort spokesman.
Representatives for the White House, Trump Organization, and Ross didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.
Mueller’s team is looking at the Trump SoHo hotel condominium development, which was a licensing deal with Bayrock Capital LLC. In 2010, the former finance director of Bayrock filed a lawsuit claiming the firm structured transactions in fraudulent ways to evade taxes. Bayrock was a key source of capital for Trump development projects, including Trump SoHo.
Another significant financial transaction involved a Palm Beach, Florida estate that Trump purchased in 2004 for $41 million after its previous owner lost it in bankruptcy. In March of 2008, after the housing bubble had begun losing air, Russian fertilizer magnate Dmitry Rybolovlev bought the property for $95 million.
As part of their investigation, Mueller’s team has issued subpoenas to banks and filed requests for bank records to foreign lenders under mutual legal assistance treaties, according to two of the people familiar with the matter.
Of course, keep in mind that this is just an investigation and these “leaks” coming from the Mueller camp do not indicate wrong doing as of yet. Funny though that this was “leaked” the day after the President’s comments to the New York Times were published.
Hopefully, Mueller will be done soon and we can get this whole thing over with, regardless of the results.