The Senate might finally be doing its job and investigating Trump’s businesses. Since this whole business with Trump-Russia started, everyone in the know has been shouting at Congress to look at his shady business ties, and now they are.
Per the New Yorker,
I spoke recently to a longtime business associate of Donald Trump, and asked his thoughts about the various investigations into collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government. He laughed and said that there is no way Trump could have been part of such a conspiracy. “He couldn’t sit through the meeting,” the associate said. This is a character analysis I’ve heard from several people who have worked with Trump, one that seems confirmed daily by the President’s statements and tweets: the man doesn’t go in for complex, long-term plans. He likes quick, tangible results—“something shiny,” the associate told me. “Right away.”
Our president likes shiny things. He also seemingly has an obsession with nuclear weapons, which are also shiny. There are just so many connections to Russia that he can’t ignore it. He has to fire the FBI director, a US Attorney, and an acting Attorney general and it still won’t stop!
But that seems to be shifting. Senator Lindsey Graham, whose committee is heading one of the investigations, raised the question at a hearing on Monday, and apparently asked the White House for information about ties between the President and Russia. In response, lawyers for Trump released a letter to the Associated Press on Friday, saying they had reviewed ten years of Trump’s taxes and didn’t find “any income of any type from Russian sources,” except for a property sold to a Russian billionaire and proceeds from the 2013 Miss Universe pageant, held in Moscow. Trump’s actual tax returns weren’t released, so the information could not be confirmed. More significant for the long term, perhaps, was another request made by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence to the U.S. Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, which is known as FinCEN, to turn over documents related to Trump and his campaign officials as part of what Senator Mark Warner, the ranking Democrat on the committee, told CNN is “our effort to try to follow the intel no matter where it leads.”
The Walls are closing in on Trump and no matter how you look at it, he is probably going to go down, and go down hard. The only questions so far that I have are “Who does he bring down with him” and “Will the GOP survive this.”