Gone fishing: Mueller exceeds mandate, expands probe to Trump business transactions

Gone fishing: Mueller exceeds mandate, expands probe to Trump business transactions
Robert S. Mueller III. (Image: Screen grab of Fox News video)

[Ed. – Trump’s lawyer is right.  This is a fishing expedition.  The Mueller mandate is a COUNTERINTELLIGENCE investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 election.]

The U.S. special counsel investigating possible ties between the Donald Trump campaign and Russia in last year’s election is examining a broad range of transactions involving Trump’s businesses as well as those of his associates, according to a person familiar with the probe.

FBI investigators and others are looking at Russian purchases of apartments in Trump buildings, Trump’s involvement in a controversial SoHo development in New York with Russian associates, the 2013 Miss Universe pageant in Moscow and Trump’s sale of a Florida mansion to a Russian oligarch in 2008, the person said.

The investigation also has absorbed a money-laundering probe begun by federal prosecutors in New York into Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort.

John Dowd, one of Trump’s lawyers, said on Thursday that he was unaware of the inquiry into Trump’s businesses by the two-months-old investigation and considered it beyond the scope of what Special Counsel Robert Mueller should be examining.

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