According to several sources at CNN, the IRS is now cooperating with the requests of special counsel Robert Mueller to allow his team to access information regarding President Donald Trump and his campaign staff. This is in direct response to issues that have been exposed regarding the investigation of ties that may exist between trump, his staff, and Russia.
One of the major targets of Mueller’s investigation is Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort. According to a report by Natalie Dickinson for Verified Politics:
Manafort was promoted to Trump’s presidential campaign manager in April 2016 and resigned in August 2017 after it was discovered that Manafort received some $12.7 million dollars for his lobbying work for Ukrainian dictator and Putinist puppet Viktor Yanukovych, who was deposed in the 2014 Euromaidan protests.
Disgraced former National Security Advisor Gen. Michael Flynn is also having his finances probed after it was revealed that he was accepting payments from both the Turkish and Russian governments without having registered himself as a foreign lobbyist during the transition period.
Manafort’s ties to shady figures in Russia and Ukraine have been scrutinized in recent weeks with many new discoveries being made as to the reach of his influence, or the influence of his associates, when it came to the 2016 U.S. Presidential election. Trump’s administration continues to be rocked by the scandal of Russian interference, which it appears could have caused him to win the last U.S. Presidential election.
With Manafort having resigned in August 2016, and then later having been indicted by Mueller, one can only imagine the extent of the dealings Mueller has reviewed.
The interesting part of this situation is that a deal for personal information was reached – between Mueller’s team and Manafort’s counsel. In August 2016 it was reported that payments to Manafort were found recorded in a ledger in Ukraine. These payments were apparently made in cash. Therefore, the IRS would most likely not have any record of this. So why would Manafort have worried – he could have denied the ledger.
This web of deceit Trump and his staff are weaving is becoming increasingly tangled.