The New York Times is reporting that a number of Trump associates are being investigated by law enforcement and U.S. intelligence agencies for potentially improper business dealings with Russia. The investigations center around certain communications and financial transactions that have intercepted by law enforcement.
Among those being investigated is former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort. Reports the Times: “Mr. Manafort is among at least three Trump campaign advisers whose possible links to Russia are under scrutiny. Two others are Carter Page, a businessman and former foreign policy adviser to the campaign, and Roger Stone, a longtime Republican operative. The F.B.I. is leading the investigations, aided by the National Security Agency, the C.I.A.. and the Treasury Department’s financial crimes unit.”
As the Times notes, with Trump now in the Oval Office, it may be possible for him to quash some elements of these investigations. We can only hope that, despite Trump’s authority, investigators will continue to have autonomy to investigate the exact extent of the ties between Russia and Trump’s inner circle, especially given the questions swirling about Trump’s relationship with Russia.