The following is an excellent article written by Bob Johnson on the Daily Kos website on June 14, 2017 titled “Money Laundering? Offshore Accounts? You Don’t Say!” and I quote:
Just to add to the breaking news this evening from the Washington Post on Mueller looking into possible obstruction of justice by Trump, The New York Times follows up with a story that ends with this paragraph:
A former senior official said Mr. Mueller’s investigation was looking at money laundering by Trump associates. The suspicion is that any cooperation with Russian officials would most likely have been done in exchange for some kind of financial payoff, and that there would have been an effort to hide the payoffs, most likely by routing them through offshore banking centers.
Recall that on May 31, Bloomberg reported that Mueller had added Andrew Weissmann, the DOJ’s top corporate fraud and foreign bribery investigator, to his team:
Justice Department fraud chief Andrew Weissmann is the most senior government lawyer to join Mueller, the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director who became special counsel on May 17, said two people, who asked not to be named discussing a personnel matter that hasn’t been made public.
As the head of the fraud section in the Obama administration, Weissmann’s specialties have included overseeing investigations into corporate wrongdoing and foreign corruption — including probes into Volkswagen AG over diesel-cheating, global banks over market manipulation and Brazil’s state-owned oil company Petrobras over corrupt payments.
Payoffs? Offshore accounts? No wonder Trump wanted Comey to drop the Flynn investigation. Well, that plus Mike Flynn is just a great, great guy. Right?
And jaywillie reminded me of this story reported by USA Today yesterday:
Over the last 12 months, about 70% of buyers of Trump properties were limited liability companies – corporate entities that allow people to purchase property without revealing all of the owners’ names. That compares with about 4% of buyers in the two years before.
Just a coincidence, of course.