Despite Donald Trump’s best efforts, the FBI and Congress continue to investigate whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election. As previously reported on Restore Progress, senators have been looking into eyebrow-raising real estate deals between Trump and highly connected Russian businessmen. For example, in 2008, a Russian paid Trump $95 million for a mansion listed for $45 million – despite the fact that the Russian never intended to use the estate.
This and other deals appear so unusual that, in addition to looking into possible collusion, some senators are asking whether Russians have used dealings with Trump for money laundering purposes. Reports the Wall Street Journal, “A Treasury Department unit that specializes in combating money-laundering will share financial records with an expanding Senate probe into possible ties between Russia and President Trump and his associates.”
“Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR), a member of the intelligence committee, said that he is particularly interested in information about shell companies, money laundering and the use of property transfers that may be germane to the committee’s Trump investigation.”
With James Comey gone, and with his replacement likely to be a Trump loyalist, more and more of the investigatory burden necessitated by Trump’s presidency will lie with Senate Democrats. Hopefully Senator Wyden and others will continue to push for answers, and serve as a meaningful check on president Trump. They will be busy.