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Special counsel Robert Mueller's team has issued a subpoena to the Trump campaign asking multiple campaign officials to produce Russia-related documents, according to a source with first-hand knowledge of the matter.
The subpoena was first reported by The Wall Street Journal, which also said that the subpoena does not compel testimony by any of the officials.
The source said the campaign has already turned over some 20,000 documents voluntarily, so it’s not clear why the subpoena was issued. A subpoena ratchets up the stakes for noncompliance.
The Journal reported that the Trump campaign had been caught by surprise by the subpoena.
I don't know about all of you, but I get a kind of thrill when I read that something Robert Mueller did caught the Trump White House of campaign "by surprise."
That just means that Mueller is keeping them off balance and on the defensive, and THAT is when people make mistakes.
As for why Mueller decided to issue these subpoenas, well that might have a little something to do with the fact that they discovered that Jared Kushner was holding out on them.
In other Trump/Russia collusion news it appears that the Trump Organization may have been using at least one of its hotels in Panama to launder Russian and mafia money.
Courtesy of the Daily Beast:
A Panama City condo high-rise development that carried the Trump Organization’s marketing imprimatur in the late 2000s was “riddled” with drug traffickers and international mafia figures, beset with dubious sales, and became, as one financial-crimes investigator called it, a “a vehicle for money laundering.” A joint NBC News and Reuters investigation, along with a report issued by anti-corruption watchdog Global Watch, says transactions at the Trump Ocean Club International Hotel and Tower served as a laundering operation for Colombian cartel proceeds and Russian human traffickers, and Trump Organization officials did little if anything to question where the money was coming from. One key broker, Alexandre Henrique Ventura Nogueira—now a fugitive in Europe—told interviewers that President Trump and his adult children were directly involved in the marketing, management, and even the design of the skyscraper, which opened in 2011. Ventura Nogueira said he had at least 10 direct meetings with Ivanka Trump about the sales. Ivanka Trump didn’t respond to requests for comment. The White House referred questions to the Trump Organization, who legal counsel denied involvement in sales: “No one at the Trump Organization, including the Trump family, has any recollection of ever meeting or speaking with this individual.”
Of course they don't. Right up until the Mueller team discovers an email or document which proves they actually did speak or meet up with this individual.