(National Sentinel) Palace Intrigue: Special counsel Robert Mueller has taken additional steps to prove he’s not really interested in finding out whether President Donald J. Trump’s campaign “colluded” with Russia to “steal the election,” but rather that he’s more interested in getting something on the president — anything.
As reported by Politico, Mueller has teamed up with one of Trump’s biggest political nemeses, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, another Democrat to go along with his staff of Democrat-donor lawyers, as he continues to probe the business transactions of Manafort, who spent some time as Trump’s campaign manager.
The cooperation is the latest indication that the federal probe into President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman is intensifying. It also could potentially provide Mueller with additional leverage to get Manafort to cooperate in the larger investigation into Trump’s campaign, as Trump does not have pardon power over state crimes.
The two teams have shared evidence and talked frequently in recent weeks about a potential case, these people said. One of the people familiar with progress on the case said both Mueller’s and Schneiderman’s teams have collected evidence on financial crimes, including potential money laundering.
No decision has been made on where or whether to file charges. “Nothing is imminent,” said one of the people familiar with the case.
Manafort has not been accused of any wrongdoing and has previously denied it. A spokesman for Manafort didn’t return phone calls seeking comment.
Schneiderman has a contentious history with Trump. The president has mocked him relentlessly on social media and TV, denouncing him as a “hack” and “lightweight.”
The attorney general won a $25 million settlement last November after a lengthy investigation into fraudulent practices at Trump University. The president said he settled just to have the matter behind him, though his previous mantra was to never settle cases.
The New York prosecutor’s office also is looking into some of Trump’s business transactions and could potentially share those records with Mueller’s team, one of these people said. Those inquiries are in the preliminary stage.
Some Trump supporters will dismiss this as little more than partisan noise, but they do so at their peril. If you haven’t come to grips yet with the seriousness of Mueller’s probe, this should change your perspective.
The “Russian collusion” narrative was a hoax — it was never real. Rather, it was manufactured as a means of justifying the appointment of Mueller and thereby authorizing the fishing expedition he is now conducting, as a means of “getting” a duly-elected president. If Manafort and the president — and whomever else Mueller targets — are not squeaky clean, the least little infraction of the law will be blown out of proportion and used as a means to dispose of Trump once and for all.
Maybe now it makes a little more sense as to why establishment Republicans are refusing to help Trump pass his agenda (which is their agenda, or used to be); they know (or think they know) how this story ends.
The swamp is deep, wide, and it stinks to high Heaven.
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