The Russian investigation conducted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller has been characterized by its controversial decisions, being the main element why many experts believe this could be nothing more than a political operation. Recently, CNN reported that things are getting so out of control in his probe that the IRS clashed with his team over the broad scope and Manafort raid.
Naturally, this seems like a majorfor the investigation’s image, considering that far from having the comfortable absence of criticism, this investigation has been questioned since day one for plenty of reasons. One of the biggest is that most of Mueller’s team are known for being Democratic donors, which clearly destroys the neutrality that this kind of investigation must have in order to be fair, or at least to show that image.
Recently, the IRS shared information with Mueller’s team about President Trump campaign associates, since the Special Counsel is looking at everything tax-related, including real estate and banking. Nevertheless, the IRS has shown its concern because Mueller is going back 11 years in his search, which represents a very suspicious move from a person whose main objective is exclusively to determine if there was any collusion between Trump’s team and Russia in order to sabotage Hillary Clinton’s campaign in the election.
CNN recently reported that part of the concern of the IRS centered on the far-reaching and broad requests from his team. According to the liberal media outlet, documents of search warrants stated that one of the reasons why Mueller is going back 11 years in the search is, since they are investigating possible tax and financial crimes he committed.
While there would be nothing wrong with this move against Manafort if evidence reveals that he committed illegal acts, legal analysts believe that the concerning element of this issue is that it doesn’t have anything to do with the alleged Russian collusion.
As they noticed, Mueller is bound by a written order issued by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein back in May, which allows him to investigate any matters that arose directly from the Russian probe.
So far, there hasn’t been any evidence that links Manafort’s financial crimes with the original scope of Mueller’s investigation. However, several media outlets reported that Mueller’s main intention with him is to indict him anda classic offer: to flip and play against President Trump in order to receive a lower sentence or even immunity.
Apparently, after some months of being at odds, a source said to CNN that the IRS Criminal Investigation division is finally sharing information about Manafort and former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. The two camps came to this agreement following consultation with officials at the Treasury Department.
While this agreement might indicate the contrary, the truth is that things are not exactly well between the Mueller’s investigation team and the IRS, to the point where they didn’t participate in the Manafort raid over the summer. This raid was carried out exclusively by FBI agents, which represents something extremely unusual given the fact that this particular probe centers around financial issues.
Naturally, in these types of cases, the IRS always has a presence. This way, not wanting to be in this operation could indicate that something is not running well in Mueller’s team, which definitely raises a lot of suspicions.
In fact, CNN reported that tensions between Robert Mueller and the IRS played out behind the scenes of the raid of Manafort’s Alexandria, Virginia home. Far from being just an opinion, the liberal media outlet pointed out that multiple sources confirmed this information.
In addition, CNN stated that while the IRS shared information about Trump’s campaign associates, it remains unknown if they provided the President´s tax returns.
Even the IRS thought Mueller was out of control Shut it down.
— Tom Fitton (@TomFitton)
Apparently, the documents shared by the IRS include tax return-related documents, such as banking and real estate records. Also, it was known that previous tax-related documents were seized by the FBI agents when they raided Manafort’s home.
Apparently, the information the IRS can share is restricted under the Title 26 US Code and usually needs a grand jury subpoena to share tax returns with another agency. Experts assure that if Mueller does have Trump’s tax returns, Rosenstein would have to sign off on it being that it’s a very sensitive matter.
Also, some important figures have called for the Special Counsel’s investigation to be shut down. One of these is President of Judicial Watch Tom Fitton, who tweeted that a week ago how the IRS believes the investigation is getting out of its rails.
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