Last night the Washington Post dropped the latest in what has become a carpet bombing of bombshells, reporting that President Donald Trump is under criminal investigation for obstruction of justice in the investigation. The newspaper touted the “major turning point in the nearly year-old FBI investigation, which until recently focused on Russian meddling during the presidential campaign and on whether there was any coordination between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin.”
But that perhaps overshadowed another detail buried at the end of a similar NY Times report about the investigation which is being led by newly appointed Special Counsel Robert Mueller about possible money laundering by Trump associates.
“A former senior official said Mr. Mueller’s investigation was looking at money laundering by Trump associates,” a source told the Times reporters“The suspicion is that any cooperation with Russian officials would most likely have been done in exchange for some kind of financial payoff, and that there would have been an effort to hide the payoffs, most likely by routing them through offshore banking centers.”
It is not clear from the report which Trump associates might be under investigation, however, both former campaign manager Paul Manafort and presidential aide Jared Kushner have come under scrutiny for alleged interactions with foreign entities.
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