Two interesting stories today.
i) Paul Manafort was, as recently as last Thursday, ghostwriting an opinion article praising himself, for a Russian chap with ties to Russian intelligence, who is known to US intelligence.
The article violates his bail agreement, which is now being reviewed. The article was to cover his “political work” in Ukraine, which resulted in the criminal charges he’'s now up on.
How fucking stupid do you have to be to do this and get caught? Just when you think the people caught up in this investigation can’t get any more stupid, they go and do it.
ii) More importantly, it is being widely reported that Trump’s bank records have been subpoenaed by the Mueller investigation.
This would be very significant because Trump has said that Mueller investigating his financial records would be a “red line”. That line looks like it has now been crossed.
Fox News and Trump’s lawyer Jay Sekulow are denying the story.
But the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, the Financial Times, ABC News are all reporting the story, which originally appeared in the German publication Handelsblatt - Trump banks with Deutsche Bank. One would imagine the different media organisations have all done independent sourcing on this story.
I’ll leave it up to the reader to decide who to believe.
If the story is true, the likelihood of Trump trying to fire Mueller increases significantly.