‘There’s rea­son to be con­cerned’

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics - BY S.A. MILLER AND DAN BOYLAN

The threat of an ex­pand­ing spe­cial coun­sel in­ves­ti­ga­tion into Pres­i­dent Trump’s fi­nances has rat­tled his con­ser­va­tive base with fears that the New York bil­lion­aire could be brought down by shady busi­ness deals — not col­lu­sion with Rus­sia.

Jus­tice Depart­ment spe­cial coun­sel Robert Mueller has widened the scope of the Rus­sia in­ves­ti­ga­tion to in­clude Mr. Trump’s busi­ness deals, ac­cord­ing to a Bloomberg News re­port.

The pres­i­dent had warned that such a move would cross a line.

“Those trans­ac­tions are in my view well be­yond the man­date of the spe­cial coun­sel, are un­re­lated to the elec­tion of 2016 or any al­leged col­lu­sion be­tween the Trump cam­paign and Rus­sia, and most im­por­tantly, are well be­yond any statute of lim­i­ta­tion im­posed by the United States Code,” said John Dowd, Mr. Trump’s pri­vate at­tor­ney.

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