Trump Organization Hands Over Documents To Mueller

By on January 5, 2018

CNN reports that the Trump Organization has given special counsel Robert Mueller’s team a trove of documents related to its ongoing Russia investigation.

According to sources who have knowledge of the matter, the documents in question reportedly span the time period between 2015 and president’s inauguration in 2017.

The Trump Organization produced records that include information related to the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting, the billionaire Agalarov family of Russia, head of the US-based Russian American Chamber of Commerce Sergei Millian, a paid speech Donald Trump Jr. gave in October 2016 to a Russia-friendly policy think tank in Paris, Trump’s foreign policy address in April 2016 at Washington’s Mayflower Hotel and communications regarding WikiLeaks, two of the sources said.

It has been widely reported that the Mueller probe has expanded beyond the question of collusion and is now looking into possible financial crimes (i.e., money laundering) that have Russian ties, as well as potential obstruction of justice by the White House in its alleged attempts to shut down the investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI last December and is now reportedly a cooperating witness in the investigation.

According to reports, the documents turned over to Mueller do not include any prior financial business dealings by the Trump organization before 2015.

The president’s lawyers met with Mueller’s team earlier this week and abruptly changed their tune about the timetable for which they expect the investigation to conclude. They had originally said they believe Mueller’s work would be finished by Thanksgiving…then Christmas…then the New Year. Now they are no longer speculating about when Mueller might wrap things up, which is a good move amid reports that the special counsel could spend the bulk of 2018 (and perhaps even beyond) working on building his case.

That is, of course, unless the GOP somehow finds a way to get rid of him beforehand.