If your name is Donald Trump, this is really, really bad news…
According to multiple sources per CNN, the IRS is now cooperating with the requests of special counsel Robert Mueller to allow his team full access to information regarding President Donald Trump and his campaign staff. This is in direct response to questions that have been raised regarding any financial transactions between Donald Trump, his staff, and Russia.
One of the major targets of Mueller’s investigation is Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort. According to a report by Natalie Dickinson for Verified Politics:
Manafort was promoted to Trump’s presidential campaign manager in April 2016 and resigned in August 2017 after it was discovered that Manafort received some $12.7 million dollars for his lobbying work for Ukrainian dictator and Putinist puppet Viktor Yanukovych, who was deposed in the 2014 Euromaidan protests.
Disgraced former National Security Advisor Gen. Michael Flynn is also having his finances probed after it was revealed that he was accepting payments from both the Turkish and Russian governments without having registered himself as a foreign lobbyist during the transition period.
Manafort’s ties to shady figures in Russia and Ukraine have been scrutinized in recent weeks with many new discoveries being made as to the reach of his influence, or the influence of his associates, when it came to the 2016 U.S. Presidential election. Trump’s administration continues to be rocked by the scandal of Russian interference, which it appears could have caused him to win the last U.S. Presidential election.
Manafort resigned in August 2016, and has since indicted by Mueller. Therefore, we can only imagine the extent of the dealings Mueller has reviewed.
What is strange about how the deal played out between Robert Mueller’s team and Manafort’s counsel is that it doesn’t appear the IRS would have had information on some of the more suspicious transactions. In August 2016 it was reported that cash payments to Manafort were found recorded in a ledger in Ukraine. Again, those payments were apparently made in cash. Therefore, the IRS would most likely not have any record of this. So why would Manafort have worried – he could have denied the ledger.
It doesn’t appear that Trump fears anyone as much as he does the IRS, so this should get interesting.