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Trump Hit With Yet Another Investigation And It Has Nothing To Do With Russia

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That’s right. Yet another criminal investigation is now being conducted into President Donald Trump, and it does not even have anything to do with Russian collusion or Special Counsel Robert Mueller. On the one hand, you might say that this poor guy just can’t seem to get a break. On your other much more sensible hand, though, you would probably thank the Lord that some people are doing all they can to hold this out-of-control President to account.

The latest blow to the authority and reputation of the President comes in the form of a criminal investigation into the amount of money he spent on his inauguration early last year. We already have a huge amount to say about Trump’s inauguration, mainly because it was the first time we really got a sense of just how terrible a President he was going to be when he repeatedly insisted that his ceremony had more attendees than that of President Barack Obama (despite extensive and conclusive photo and video evidence proving the exact opposite) and his subsequent extraordinary decision to send his crony Kellyanne Conway onto live TV to churn out the now infamous “alternative facts” line.

It now seems that as well as bare-faced lying, Trump and his team may also have committed some actual felonies in the run-up to the inuguration by breaking spending rules, and they are now being subject to a comprehensive and potentially highly damaging criminal investigation to that effect. The New York Times reports:

Federal prosecutors are examining whether foreigners illegally funneled donations to President Trump’s inaugural committee and a pro-Trump super PAC in hopes of buying influence over American policy, according to people familiar with the inquiry.

The inquiry focuses on whether people from Middle Eastern nations — including Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates — used straw donors to disguise their donations to the two funds. Federal law prohibits foreign contributions to federal campaigns, political action committees and inaugural funds.

The line of questioning underscores the growing scope of criminal inquiries that pose a threat to Mr. Trump’s presidency. The special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, is focusing on whether anyone in the Trump campaign conspired with Russia to tip the 2016 presidential election in Mr. Trump’s favor, while prosecutors in New York are pursuing evidence he secretly authorized illegal payments of hush money to silence accusations of extramarital affairs that threatened his campaign.

The inquiry into potential foreign donations to the inaugural fund and the super PAC is yet another front being pursued by multiple teams of prosecutors. Thomas J. Barrack Jr., a billionaire financier and one of Mr. Trump’s closest friends, raised money for both funds.

Expect to hear much more of this in the coming months, as it does not sound like these guys are going to let this matter go easily – and quite rightly so. Although, who knows what other outrageous revelations might happen between now and then that will drown this out and make it seem remarkably insignificant.


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