ACTION: RUSSIAN TIES
RUSSIA INVESTIGATION: DEEP AND WIDE
Constant vigilance and pressure is required by all of us, even though in May 2017, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller to serve as special prosecutor overseeing the investigation into Russian influence in the 2016 presidential election.
Concerns circulated around June 10, 2017 that Trump was considering firing Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller, according to his friend and ally Christopher Ruddy. Trump's advisers urge him not to do it, according to news reports.
On June 14, 2017, The Washington Post reported that Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s role in the 2016 elections has expanded its scope and that Trump is being personally investigated for possible obstruction of justice. Investigators have also been looking for any evidence of possible financial crimes among Trump associates, officials said.
In June 2017, we also learned that the FBI is investigating financial transactions involving Trump’s former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, and his son-in-law, who embarked on a series of real estate deals in recent years fueled by millions of dollars from Mr. Manafort, as reported by The New York Times.
“Mr. Manafort has emerged as a key figure in the F.B.I.’s Russia investigation, which has focused on interactions between Trump associates and Russians during and after last November’s presidential election. In addition to his work for Ukraine’s former president, an ally of the Russian leader Vladimir V. Putin, Mr. Manafort’s long lobbying and consulting career has included numerous financial dealings with Russian oligarchs. One of his former employees has been investigated in Ukraine on suspicion of having ties to Russian intelligence.”
BID is following developments closely and will call its members to appropriate action as needed. Please check this posting often for the latest updates.
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