The IRS is now cooperating with the requests of special counsel Robert Mueller, and allowing his team access to information in regards to President Donald Trump and his campaign staff, per several sources at CNN.
The team is accessing this information to further the investigation into ties that may exist between President Trump, his staff, and Russia.
Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign chairman, has been a major target of Mueller’s investigation. Journalist Natalie Dickinson says, Manafort was promoted to Trump’s presidential campaign manager in April 2016 and resigned in August after it was discovered that Manafort received some $12.7 million dollars for his lobbying work for Ukrainian dictator and Putinist puppet Viktor Yanukovych…“.
Many new discoveries have been made as to the reach of Manafort’s influence, and his ties to questionable figures in Russia and Ukraine.
Manafort’s August 2016 resignation has brought his integrity and affairs with Russians into the spotlight. And Trump’s administration continues to suffer the consequences of possible Russian interference.
By exposing the finances of Manafort, Mueller believes that he will be able to illustrate wrongdoing and collusion on Trump’s behalf. “…the financial records that Mueller’s team wants extend as far back as eleven years ago, which speaks volumes about Manafort’s greed and his willingness to skirt the law.” It is interesting, the type of people with which President Trump surrounds himself.
Another interesting point is that a deal has been reached between Mueller’s team and Manafort’s counsel for personal information from the IRS. More than likely, this is because the IRS has no information that could implicate Manafort. In August 2016, it was reported that cash payment to Manafort were found recorded in a ledger in Ukraine. The IRS wouldn’t have records of cash payments, and of course, Manafort can deny that he ever received such a payment. The deceit of Trump and his team is astounding.