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Turning over the Trump Inc rock

Turning over the Trump Inc rock

by digby


Of course this was going to happen:

Federal investigators exploring whether Donald Trump's campaign colluded with Russian spies have seized on Trump and his associates' financial ties to Russia as one of the most fertile avenues for moving their probe forward, according to people familiar with the investigation.

The web of financial ties could offer a more concrete path toward potential prosecution than the broader and murkier questions of collusion in the 2016 campaign, these sources said.

One year after the FBI opened an investigation, the probe is now managed by special counsel Robert Mueller. Sources described an investigation that has widened to focus on possible financial crimes, some unconnected to the 2016 elections, alongside the ongoing scrutiny of possible illegal coordination with Russian spy agencies and alleged attempts by President Donald Trump and others to obstruct the FBI investigation. Even investigative leads that have nothing to do with Russia but involve Trump associates are being referred to the special counsel to encourage subjects of the investigation to cooperate, according to two law enforcement sources.

This is how they do it. Once you're under investigation they turn over every rock and they follow the facts wherever they lead. There are no "red lines." This is what criminal investigations are all about. H

It's been obvious for years that Trump's business dealing were dirty, corrupt and criminal. That's the world he has lived and worked in for decades. He evaded the authorities because frankly he just wasn't a big enough fish to go after.

The monumental hubris and narcissism of the man allowed him to believe that he could become president and no one would ever look into any of this. That's crazy all by itself. It's the most high profile job in the world. Why would anyone run for president if they have these kinds of secrets to hide? It was an epic error in judgment.

To then go out of his way to make enemies of some of the most powerful people in America and around the world is so self-destructive that it's clear that on some level he's looking for a way out.

Maybe it seemed like a game to him when it all started. A performance, another WWE grandstand. It wasn't. And now it's all coming down around his head and it may be taking his family down with him.

Unfortunately, he may take the country with him too.