RUSSIA MEDDLING: Mueller subpoenas Trump's organisation

Randal Sanchez
March 17, 2018

The Trump Organization has been responding to requests for records from special counsel Robert Mueller since July 2017, company lawyer Alan Futerfas said. The Trump Organization, which U.S. President Donald Trump ran with his family before he entered the White House, played down the significance of any subpoena, a lawyer saying on Thursday that the company has told the public since July that it is being cooperative with the special counsel's investigation.

The details of the subpoena are not available.

(The report came the same day that the Trump administration joined the United Kingdom and other allies in accusing Russia of committing a nerve-agent attack against a former Russian spy and his daughter in Salisbury earlier this month.) "The administration is confronting and countering malign Russian cyber-activity, including their attempted interference in USA elections, destructive cyber-attacks, and intrusions targeting critical infrastructure", Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said in a statement.

The White House declined to comment specifically on the report and referred questions to the Trump Organization.

The Trump Organization has said that it never had real estate holdings in Russian Federation, but witnesses recently interviewed by Mueller have been asked about a possible real estate deal in Moscow.

Also on Thursday, Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee - who have had access to internal Trump Organization documents and interviewed key witnesses - announced the alleged 2016 bank deal. The story of the subpoena was first issued by the New York Times.

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In another email obtained by the newspaper, Sater wrote that he would get "Putin on this programme and we will get Donald elected". Trump signed a nonbinding letter of intent for the project in 2015 and discussed it at least three times with Cohen. The Moscow project did not go ahead. It imposed sanctions against Russian individuals and organizations in retaliation for that election interference. The Democrats did not indicate the source of their information.

"Whether there was an effort by Russian Federation to create a back channel or assist the Trump campaign through the NRA or gun-rights groups is an open question the committee's minority has endeavored to answer for the past year", he said.

Because of this incriminating inference, grand jury subpoenas can raise Fifth Amendment concerns. "Russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross-section of a lot of our assets", he said in 2008, "say in Dubai, and certainly with our project in SoHo and anywhere in NY". Sanders answered questions about Russian Federation, tariffs and other topics.

Trump said, "I own nothing in Russian Federation".

Some of the murkiest financial dealings with possible Russian ties that Trump engaged in may have taken place in NY, not Moscow. The Trump Organization, as far as we know, has been cooperating this whole time.

I know it's risky and, frankly, foolish to apply rational self-interest rules to Donald Trump, but I don't think this subpoena, or more accurately, the leak of the existence of a subpoena that was issued some weeks ago, will lead to Robert Mueller's firing.

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