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Mueller Probe Expands to Trump, Kushner Businesses

by Countable | 7.20.17

Paul Manafort, pictured above at last summer's Republican National Convention.

What’s the story?

In an interview with the New York Times published Wednesday, President Trump maintained that the special counsel probe headed by Robert Mueller would be overstepping its bounds if it looked into his businesses. Bloomberg now reports that they are doing just that.

Why does it matter?

Bloomberg received an email Thursday from one of Trump’s lawyers, John Dowd, stating that he believed looking into Trump’s businesses was beyond the scope of the special counsel’s directive:

"Those transactions are in my view well beyond the mandate of the Special counsel; are unrelated to the election of 2016 or any alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia and most importantly, are well beyond any Statute of Limitation imposed by the United States Code."

In the order from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointing Mueller, however, it states that "any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign" as well as “any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation,” fall under Mueller’s mandate, suggesting that this type of inquiry may not be out of bounds.

According to Bloomberg’s source, a person familiar with the special counsel probe:

"FBI investigators and others are looking at Russian purchases of apartments in Trump buildings, Trump’s involvement in a controversial SoHo development in New York 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 probe is also looking into the financial dealings of Wilbur Ross, Commerce Secretary, and Jared Kushner, senior advisor and the president’s son-in-law. The probe has also taken over the money-laundering investigation concerning former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort that started under former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara.

What can you do?

Do you support the special counsel probe pursuing a broad mandate in their investigation of President Trump, his administration officials, and Russia? Or do you think it is overstepping its bounds?

Use the Take Action button to tell your reps what you think!

— Asha Sanaker

(Photo Credit: Disney/ABC Television via Flickr / Creative Commons)

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  • Patty
    07/20/2017
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    I fully support Mr Mueller following the leads in this investigation wherever they go, including and especially following the money trail.

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  • Linda
    07/20/2017
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    I completely support the special counsel investigations of Trump's finances.

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  • Carol
    07/20/2017
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    Follow the money. Follow the lies. Our republic hangs in the balance.

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  • Brenda
    07/20/2017
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    Follow the leads wherever they lead. Muller has full support of the majority of this country. Since when do we need approval from suspects in an investigation.

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  • Helen
    07/20/2017
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    I support the ability of Robert Mueller to investigate anything he thinks is important. He is working with some of our country's finest prosecutors, and he knows what is germane and what is not. All indicators lead to money laundering, and private financial matters are NOT out of bounds.

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  • Jim
    07/20/2017
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    Trumps business ties are absolutely within the purview of the investigation. Trumps history of making money from the Russian oligarchy is a matter of record. It is part of the FOLLOW THE MONEY trail that must be pursued in order to get to the bottom of this nasty business. When you are the President, you are correctly and properly the subject of intense scrutiny. And certainly, this president is no exception. And because of his past shameful record of business chicanery, they damn well better look into this crap. It's certainly where the reek of corruption seems to be the strongest.

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  • Sue
    07/20/2017
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    MUELLER NEEDS TO LOOK AT EVERYTHING RELATED TO #45 AND HIS FAMILY, STAFF, ETC IN REGARDS TO RUSSIA. THE WH IS RUNNING SCARED. YOU OUR REPRESENTATIVES SHOULD NOT, BUT BE VERY FRIGHTENED ABOUT THE RUSSIAN INFLUENCE WITH HIM.

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  • BeStrong
    07/20/2017
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    Mr Trump cannot "fire" his way out of this. Mr Mueller has hired over a dozen of the top legal minds within the justice system to work in tandem with him on this matter. He can't fire them all. The truth will be found and whatever appropriate consequences will follow. Sometimes it's not politics, it's just what's right. Bumpy ride or not, this process will move to its conclusion.

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  • Jeanne
    07/20/2017
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    I support all investigations into 45, inner circle of advisors, family and political nominees. The interference into the election is not going away. I remember trickie dickie saying on tv that "your president is not a crook" and we all knew he was. It took 2 years to get rid of him. We can't wait that long. Too much is at stake now.

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  • Celeste
    07/20/2017
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    Anything relating to business dealings that any of the players in this investigation have had with Russia is directly related to the investigation. If anyone being investigated attempts to prevent investigation into their businesses dealings with Russia (what are they trying to hide?), it is clearly obstruction of justice

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  • Dara
    07/20/2017
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    It is Special Counsel Mueller's job to investigate. The president needs to stop bullying, he now represents the country, NOT himself. He was fully aware this is a public service position when he made an active choice to run for office. Grow up and be professional. This isn't reality TV.

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  • Jan
    07/21/2017
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    Traitorous cretins need the Leavenworth Hotel. It's beyond belief that we are discussing the betrayal of America. If President Obama had even 1/20th of these infractions, he would've been impeached. If you're rich and a white male, you have the benefit of a double standard. Russians hacked the election and bought the presidency.

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  • Dominick
    07/20/2017
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    I support the full investigation of our current president as it relates to ANY and ALL Russian dealings.

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  • Lisa
    07/20/2017
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    president trump decided not to divest from his personal businesses and also decided to ignore nepotism rules and hire his daughter and son in law and fired the FBI director after not receiving his loyalty pledge. He now is angry that the AG revised himself and claims he would not have appointed him if he knew he was going to do that. ALL of these points and many more are the reasons that bob mueller needs to conduct a thorough investigation.

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  • Dave
    07/21/2017
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    Trump should have known that as president your life and family operation and dealing will be an open book. Like all the products trump family has are made are in China, loans from Russia and China, the wheeling and dealing, and may be the ties to the mob. One can only conclude they have a lot to hide! Trump does not understand, it is required and the public demands it, that the FBI follow the lies and the money of Russia involvement, which seem to be a lot.

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  • Judy
    07/20/2017
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    Dear 45: Me thinks thou dost protest too much!

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  • Robin
    07/20/2017
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    I fully support it... his profit making from being president and advertising need to be OVER!

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  • Nancy
    07/20/2017
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    What is the President hiding in his tax returns that he refuses to release? And why didn't he divest from his properties all over the world and place them into a blind trust overseen by an independent person? Did he obstruct justice in the firing of FBI director James Comey?

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  • Ellen
    07/21/2017
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    To my congressmen: as #45 works to pardon himself, family and aides and discredit one of the few appointees ever to be completely agreed upon by both sides of the aisle, please take stock. If #45 has nothing to fear, then why try to derail the imvesrigation? If all around him are innocent-why investigate pardons? This is not normal. He is a criminal, his family are criminals as are his henchmen and minions and as such should be thrown in jail.

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  • Suzi
    07/21/2017
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    I fully support the special counsel pursuing a broad mandate in their investigation of president trump, his administration officials and Russia. They are not overstepping their bounds.

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