According to a New York Times report, the special investigation led by Mueller into possible collusion between Russian Federation and Donald Trump's presidential campaign is now demanding documents related to Russian Federation.
Geist pointed to reports Thursday that Mueller had subpoenaed the Trump Organization for documents as part of the federal investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election as a signal that the probe would "continue for some time now". The reports mark the first publicly known time that Mueller has demanded documents related to President Donald Trump's businesses. Russian Federation has denied USA intelligence agencies' conclusion that it meddled in the election and Trump has said there was no collusion between his campaign and Moscow officials.
The Trump Organization's lawyer told the Times,"This is old news and our assistance and cooperation with the various investigations remains the same today". And though it is standard practice in these sorts of cases for investigators to issue subpoenas, it's not obvious why it would be necessary if the Trump Organization were completely forthcoming with all of the special counsel's requests.
In a July interview with the New York Times, Trump said that looking into his or his family's finances would be a violation of what Mueller was tasked to investigate, and he'd considered it possible grounds to fire Mueller. The president declined to say how he would respond if he concluded that the special counsel had crossed that line.
"Certain documents in the production reference a proposal for 'Trump Tower Moscow, ' which contemplated a private real estate development in Russia", Cohen's statement says. We're not going to comment for any specific questions about the Trump organization. Trump signed a nonbinding letter of intent for the project in 2015 and discussed it at least three times with Cohen.
Mueller was appointed in May to investigate whether Trump's campaign colluded with the Russians to influence the 2016 presidential election and any other matters that may arise from the inquiry.
The tactic mirrors the approach used by Mueller during his investigation into the White House itself. He is also examining whether the president has tried to obstruct the investigation. Trump has repeatedly railed against the investigation and denied any wrongdoing. Schmidt noted that Trump's lawyers previous year had said the probe would end by Thanksgiving or Christmas. But the President is insisting that he wants to as he reportedly believes that he has done nothing wrong.