Team Trump looks to tar investigators as they drill down on Trump’s financial ties to Russia

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Team Trump doesn’t like the Russia investigation one whit, but they are particularly averse to the idea that the probe might balloon from collusion and obstruction into an expansive review of Donald Trump’s finances. Now Trump’s legal team is working to turn the tables on who’s on trial in an effort to cast doubt on the neutrality of special counsel Robert Mueller and his team or worse—lay the groundwork for Mueller’s removal. The New York Times writes:

The search for potential conflicts is wide-ranging. It includes scrutinizing donations to Democratic candidates, investigators’ past clients and Mr. Mueller’s relationship with James B. Comey, whose firing as F.B.I. director is part of the special counsel’s investigation.

The effort to investigate the investigators is another sign of a looming showdown between Mr. Trump and Mr. Mueller, who has assembled a team of high-powered prosecutors and agents to examine whether any of Mr. Trump’s advisers aided Russia’s campaign to disrupt last year’s presidential election.

Some of the investigators have vast experience prosecuting financial malfeasance, and the prospect that Mr. Mueller’s inquiry could evolve into an expansive examination of Mr. Trump’s financial history has stoked fears among the president’s aides. Both Mr. Trump and his aides have said publicly they are watching closely to ensure Mr. Mueller’s investigation remains narrowly focused on last year’s election.

In particular, Trump doesn’t want that investigation going anywhere near his precious tax returns.

He has told aides he was especially disturbed after learning Mueller would be able to access several years of his tax returns.

Man oh man, there’s gotta be some goodies in there, but before we seen them, Team Trump will surely be doing everything in its power to scuttle the investigation.

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