Students of history will recall that 1930s Chicago gangster Al “Scarface” Capone didn’t go to prison for the Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre or any of his organized crime activities, but for tax evasion. It’s always the money that takes down the bigwigs.
According to the Wall Street Journal, in the weeks before Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, his agency’s investigation into potential collusion between Trump associates and the Russian government was heating up. Comey started receiving daily instead of weekly updates on the investigation, and was concerned by information showing potential evidence of collusion.
White House officials say the dismissal this week wasn’t connected to the Russian probe.
Some investigators are persuaded that Trump’s business dealings will reveal much helpful evidence. The Senate Intelligence Committee has asked for information from the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, or FinCEN, a division of the Treasury Department.
The goal of the financial inquiry is to understand the nature of any financial ties Trump may have to foreign interests, including Russia, and to determine what investments Trump or his associates have that may be tied to the Russian government.
There currently are eleven congressional staff working on the Senate probe—but some lawmakers have said publicly that eleven staff members isn’t enough to handle the voluminous intelligence reporting and leads that have been generated by the CIA and the National Security Agency.
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