Although Republicans have been shamelessly dragging their feet in the Trump/Russia investigation, progress is still being made. Sally Yates’s testimony before the Senate yesterday raised new questions about Trump’s Russian-compromised National Security Advisor Michael Flynn. It’s clear that the administration hasn’t been truthful about what they knew, when they knew it, or why they failed to act.
Today, another piece of the puzzle fell into place:
CNN reports that the Senate Russia investigators have requested that the Treasury Department’s criminal division hand over any information on Trump, his officials, or campaign aides that they may have.
Senator Mark Warner, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee explained:
“We’ve made a request, to FinCEN in the Treasury Dept, to make sure, not just for example vis-a-vis the President, but just overall our effort to try to follow the intel no matter where it leads. You get materials that show if there have been, what level of financial ties between, I mean some of the stuff, some of the Trump-related officials, Trump campaign-related officials and other officials and where those dollars flow, not necessarily from Russia.”
FinCEN, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, is a bureau within Treasury that focus on combatting international money laundering. It makes sense that Trump, with all his well-documented conflicts of interest, would fall under suspicion for this type of illicit activity. Both of his sons have bragged about the Trump Organization receiving millions of dollars from Russian sources, which Donald then later denied. The entire company is suspect, and needs to be examined much closer.
Warner added a threat to reinforce his request to Treasury:
“Chairman Burr and I requested that information, until we get it, I’m not going to support the administration’s nominee for undersecretary of Treasury finance, for terrorism and finance, because they owe us these documents first.”
The more we learn about the Russian scandal, the more merit it seems to have. Hopefully, the Senate will eventually discover the full truth. If there really are traitors in the White House, we not only have a right to know, we need to know.
Rob Haffey is a writer, filmmaker, and winner of the ScreenCraft Writing Fellowship. He is a graduate of Drexel University.