Hawaii Intelligence Digest, 18 May 2017, 00:25 hrs, UTC, Post #204.
Accessed on 18 May 2017, 00:25 hrs, UTC.
Author: Associated Press/Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
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President Trump’s alleged financial and political ties to The Russian Federation are coming to haunt him as the U.S. Department of Justice begins its formal investigation of Mr. Trump’s relationship to Russian power brokers. According to the Associated Press, the Department of Justice has appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller “as special counsel to oversee the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 Presidential election.”
The newly announced probe by the Justice Department comes “amid a growing Democratic outcry for someone outside the Justice Department to handle the politically charged investigation.” Several congressional investigations and a formal FBI inquiry are already underway.
This is not good news for the Trump administration. Earlier this week, a Dutch television documentary accused Mr. Trump of consorting with known Russian criminal syndicates, oligarchs, and established political figures to promote Trump companies in the United States and around the world. A recent article in “USA Today” listed the questionable business arrangements Mr. Trump made with several Russian business figures, some of whom are facing federal indictments of money laundering. The veracity of these charges will be revealed once the formal investigations are over. Perhaps it’s time for Mr. Trump to defend himself with verifiable facts and documents rather than with online tweets and rhetoric. No matter how the investigations turn out, Donald Trump has suffered another blow to his presidency. Whether he will face impeachment proceedings for “high crimes and misdemeanors” or be forced to resign is anybody’s guess at this point. The time “to clear the air” is now, both for Mr. Trump and for those who put him in office.
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