By: Lisa M. Hayes
Special counsel Robert Mueller has subpoenaed the Trump Organization for business documents. To be clear, this probably happened weeks ago, but it’s just now being reported. The New York Times, which first reported the subpoena, said it included documents related to Russia.
The report marks the first publicly known time that Mueller has demanded documents related to President Donald Trump’s businesses. Trump has previously indicated he would not comply with requests of this nature. Obstruction is a crime, and subpoenas come with a very heavy legal hammer.
Make no mistake, Mueller doesn’t need anything requested in the subpoena to make his case. It simply means Robert Mueller and his team are giving Donald J. Trump an opportunity to be charged with more crimes if he fails to turn over what he’s been asked for.
Here’s how you know: The subpoena was painstakingly specific. Mueller’s team knew exactly what to ask for because they already know it’s there.
The Times report said the subpoena is related to records before Trump’s run for office specifically related to real estate and business dealings with Russia. Considering the list of high profile witnesses that have been on parade cooperating with the investigation in recent weeks, it’s fairly clear Mueller isn’t on a fishing expedition. Mueller is on a coffin nailing mission, and who’s in that coffin is yet to be determined. However, these court documents have the name “Trump Organization” written all over them.
It’s hard to fathom, but this investigation is not moving slowly. For those of us watching from the nosebleed bleacher seats wondering when it’s going to come to an end, it might feel like forever. However, the Mueller and his team are investigating the largest worldwide criminal operation and organization in history. This investigation might seem like a U.S./Russia affair. However, weaves through countless other countries around the globe. In the framework of an investigation of historic proportions, things are moving very quickly.
It’s a big coffin. There are lot’s of nails to be hammered.