Mueller subpoenas Trump Organization documents in Russia probe
First reported by The New York Times, Special counsel Robert Mueller has subpoenaed the Trump Organization for documents related to his businesses. Mueller did not ask for the documents from Trump, he went directly to a court ordered subpoena to obtain them.
According to the The New York Times report, this is the first known time that Robert Mueller has directly demanded documents related to President Donald Trump’s personal businesses, although Trump’s press secretary said in her daily briefing the story is “old news”.
Earlier in the week Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee moved to close their investigation, saying they found no collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, or that Russia had interfered in the 2016 Presidential election to help Republican candidate Donald Trump and defame Democratic nominee Hilary Clinton.
Coincidentally, shortly before the subpoena announcement, the Trump administration announced a new raft of sanctions on Russia, including against Russian nationals that were previously indicted in the Russian probe. The sanctions were passed by Congress many months before (July, 2017), but Trump had failed to enact them by the October 2017 deadline. Per the legislation, the administration was required to issue guidance by October 1 on how it was implementing the sanctions against Russia.