A few weeks ago, popular vote lose Donald Trump issued some threats to special prosecutor Robert Mueller in his strange New York Times interview, implying he would fire him if he expanded his investigation into Trump’s financial dealings. This was a bluff, of course, because Donald Trump is a schoolyard bully with no real leverage in this case. Fast forward mere weeks and Mueller is indeed expanding the probe into Trump’s finances.
The Hill explains further:
The federal probe into alleged ties between the Trump campaign and Russia has expanded to focus on possible financial crimes, including those not necessarily related to the 2016 presidential campaign, CNN reported Thursday.
CNN reported that some leads unrelated to Russia, but that involved individuals close to President Trump, are being passed along to special counsel Robert Mueller, who is leading the probe, to encourage cooperation.
Acting Attorney General Rod Rosenstein noted in the letter appointing Mueller in May that the special counsel can probe any matters that “arose or may arise directly from the investigation.”
The president publicly warned Mueller to not investigate his business transactions during a New York Times interview last month, saying the special counsel would be crossing a line.
But Bloomberg reported in July that Mueller was looking into Trump’s past business transactions, including purchases from Russian buyers at Trump properties, the 2013 Miss Universe pageant in Moscow, a SoHo development involving Russian associates and Trump’s 2008 sale of a Florida mansion to a Russian oligarch.
Some experts estimate that this Russia probe will likely take 12-18 months before it inevitably brings Trump down. Of course, it’s also possible that Trump comes through it and limps towards leaving office on his own on Jan. 20, 2021. Either way, history will look back at Donald Trump as one of the most corrupt and inept politicians in American history, and you can take that to the Bank of Moscow.