Despite sharp criticism and lack of evidence that there was any collusion between Trump and Russia, liberals have nonetheless been probing the issue.
When the question of whether Special Prosecutor Mueller would look into Trump’s family’s finances, Trump gave a firm response. Trump, none too happy with the idea that Mueller might investigate his family’s personal finances, gave Mueller a strong warning to focus his investigation on Russia and not his family’s finances. (via Dailycaller)
The warning came after an interview between Trump and the New York Times. One of the topics they questioned him on regarded Mueller’s ongoing investigation into the claims by Democrats that Trump worked with Russia to rig the election. They specifically asked Trump, “Mueller was looking at your finances and your family finances, unrelated to Russia – is that a red line?” (via NewYorkTimes)
Trump showed his strong feelings about the issue and reminded everyone what the point of the investigation was, saying, “I think that’s a violation. Look, this is about Russia.” (via NewYorkTimes)
Based on an article by Bloomberg, a source close to the investigation stated that Mueller is expanding his investigation to include Trump’s business and family finances to see if there’s any hint of a tie to Russia that could be used in the investigation. It seems that Mueller wants to investigate a few dealings in particular: Russians purchasing apartments in Trump buildings, the president’s former involvement in the SoHo development, Trump overseeing the Miss Universe pageant in Moscow in 2013, and a Russian oligarch purchasing a mansion in Florida from Trump.
Trump was very insistent that he didn’t have any business ties to Russia and had no businesses operating within Russia. Yet it’s likely that any Russian business dealings, no matter how remote or how long ago, would be of interest to Mueller and utilized by liberals to prove their claims of a collusion between Russia and Trump.
It’s ironic that claiming any business dealings with Russia are grounds for collusion, because if that is the case, it would mean that any foreign donations to the Clinton Foundation during her time as secretary of state would be considered collusion as well. Apparently a Russian citizen buying an apartment from Trump in the past is more evidence of corruption than Hillary failing to report a $1 million donation from Qatar in violation of her ethics agreement during her time in office.
Evidence of a Trump-Russia collusion is lacking, if not non-existent. If Mueller investigates Trump’s family’s finances, is that an overreach of power?
During the interview, reporters asked Trump if he would ever “fire Mueller if he went outside of certain parameters of what his charge is?” Trump responded by saying “I don’t think it’s going to happen.” (via NewYorkTimes)
It’s unclear whether Trump meant he didn’t believe Mueller would ever cross the line enough to warrant being fired, or if Trump wouldn’t fire him even if he did. It might be possible that, considering Trump has nothing to hide, even if Mueller crossed the line there wouldn’t be anything Trump would worry about him finding.
Nevertheless, if Mueller does expand his investigation to include matters not related to Russian ties, the focus of his investigation, it means he’s not finding any evidence of collusion and is beginning to grow desperate. No doubt many liberals are hoping and waiting for Mueller to find something that verifies their claims, even if it’s the purchase of an apartment.