It is the first known instance of the special counsel’s demanding records directly related to President Trump’s businesses, bringing the investigation closer to the president, the New York Times reports.
Special counsel Robert Mueller has subpoenaed the Trump Organization to turn over documents, including some related to Russia, reports the New York Times. It is the first known instance of the special counsel’s demanding records directly related to President Trump’s businesses, bringing the investigation closer to the president. The breadth of the subpoena was not clear, nor was it clear why Mueller issued it instead of simply asking for the documents from the company, an umbrella organization that encompasses Trump’s business ventures.
The subpoena is the latest indication that the investigation, which Trump’s lawyers once regularly assured him would be completed by now, will continue for at least several more months. Mueller appears to be broadening his inquiry to examine the role foreign money may have played in funding Trump’s political activities.Mueller’s investigators have questioned witnesses, including an adviser to the United Arab Emirates, about the flow of Emirati money into the U.S. Mueller has already indicted 13 Russians and three companies accused of meddling in the 2016 presidential campaign. The Trump Organization has typically complied with requests from congressional investigators for documents for their own inquiries into Russian election interference, and there was no indication the company planned to fight Mueller’s order.