There must be some sort of reason for the man in the Oval Office to set Moscow off-limits. Pundits have suggested that Putin has some dirt on Trump to hold over his head. They said it was possible that our president simply admires strong men – as in dictators. A Republican strategist had another idea.
Mike Murphy appeared on MSNBC’s The Last Word With Lawrence O’Donnell and said that an “international businessman” told him that the special counsel, Robert Mueller, has cast his net into the waters of Trump’s business interests.
The strategist said that his source told him that Donald Trump had an agreement with Russian businessmen, who would be closely linked to Vladimir Putin, while 45 was in the midst of the 2016 presidential campaign. That would be a huge conflict of interest, if it were true, or worse.
Murphy told O’Donnell his trusted source would not go public, but he agreed to let the strategist do so:
‘I was walking around (Beverly Hills) and an international businessman I know pretty well, swore me to secrecy said “You can say this on TV. A friend of mine got pulled in by Mueller asking about a MOU, a memorandum of understanding, that Trump had with Russian interests during the 2016 campaign and Mueller has the documents.”‘
That would explain why Mueller’s probe has reached the president’s confident and alter-daughter, Hope Hicks; his former campaign manager and long-time friend, Steve Bannon; another former campaign manager and consultant to the dictators, Paul Manafort; and Trump’s son-in-law and top adviser, Jared Kushner.
CNN reported that Mueller has been investigating Russia’s interference into the U.S. presidential election and possible links to the Trump campaign. Plus, the special counsel spread the reach of his investigation to include the man in the Oval Office’s international business interests. Mueller has already indicted Manafort for illegal business activities.
The consultant’s business associate and Trump’s former campaign manager, Rick Gates, was also indicted. However, Mueller flipped him in exchange for state’s evidence. According to CNN, the special counsel had recently been asking witnesses about Trump’s business dealings with Russia before he ran for president.
Former aide to the Trump presidential campaign, Sam Nunberg, called in to a number of cable news shows in a panic, then appeared on several, showing the subpoena Mueller sent him. The former aide said that Mueller had, indeed, questioned him about Trump’s business interests.
A CNN source said:
‘You ask everything even if you don’t think it’s credible. The allegations are out there, and it was checking the box.’
CNN’s legal analyst and former federal prosecutor in the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice, Michael Zeldin, said:
‘Investigators may be probing Trump’s Russian business ties to determine whether that foundation may have set the table for political cooperation.’
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