Special counsel Robert Mueller has delivered his latest blow to the tottering Trump regime, and it could be what finally pushes the president to fire him and provoke a constitutional crisis.
Bloomberg reports that Mueller has taken aim at Trump’s dealings with Deutsche Bank AG. It’s been revealed that the special counsel issued a subpoena to the German bank several weeks ago in order to get his hands on documents pertaining to Trump and his family.
In the past, the bank has been forced to pay multimillion regulatory violation fees for entanglements in corrupt Russian finance trades. Many Democrats are concerned that the bank could have been the epicenter of illegal deals between Trump and Russia, which explains Mueller’s interest.
Previously, the bank had resisted calls to surrender details of the roughly $300 million Donald owed the institution before his election, saying they couldn’t reveal information on clients unless they received an official legal order to do so. They’ve now received such an order.
Bloomberg adds that the $300 million represented about half of all Donald Trump’s outstanding debt, and was incurred through real estate deals. The Hill reports that Jared Kushner’s company received a $285 million loan from Deutsche Bank only a month before the election.
The revelation comes after Friday’s bombshell news in which we learned that disgraced former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn has a struck a plea deal with Robert Mueller after it was learned he lied to the FBI.
Given these recent developments, concerns about Trump trying to step in and stop Mueller’s probe seem increasingly well-founded. If the president is indeed guilty, it’s only a matter of time before the special counsel discovers it.
In July, Trump said he might view Mueller digging into his and his family’s finances as a red line or “violation.” In recent weeks, the president has begun a campaign to smear the FBI and Justice Department, perhaps laying the groundwork for what could be an all-out denigration and dismissal of the two organizations as trustworthy investigative bodies.
Essentially, Trump has two options if he did indeed commit a crime: wait until he’s caught, or try to fire Mueller and hope that in the ensuing political firestorm the GOP closes ranks around him and prevents impeachment. Neither is beyond the realm of possibility, and both will shake our democracy to its core. Hopefully, it’s the former, but we should all be prepared for the latter.