Per court records obtained by POLITICO, Robert Mueller seized bank accounts at three different financial institutions in October 2017, right around the time he was indicting Paul Manafort. With that in consideration, based on the series of financial crimes involved, this shouldn’t be all that surprising.
The news of Mueller having seized the accounts was only released at the beginning of this month and it is substantial as was the first actual confirmation that Mueller has seized accounts and financial assets of those he’s targeting either directly or in the periphery of criminal charges in the Trump-Russia scandal.
We have known that Mueller’s scope is enormous, even able to penetrate that which this president holds most dear: tax returns. But this is a different beast.
Contained within the same court filing, the special counsel’s office obtained a search warrant for information related to “five telephone numbers controlled by AT&T,” though it is not specified to whom those telephone numbers belong.
One can’t help but wonder why Mueller allowed this information to drop six months after the fact. To be clear, Mueller isn’t Trump. He is both brilliant and well-respected by his team. To-date, the special counsel investigation has suffered zero leaks.
This was an information drop. With Mueller, one’s best bet is to assume there is a strategy. As with everyone ensnared in the Mueller Trump-Russia investigation, he already had everything he needed before he came for those bank accounts. The message seems pretty clear: by the time you’re talking to Robert Mueller or anyone on his team, you’re not being asked anything.
The truth is known well in advance of your arrival — it’s best to go ahead and cooperate.