Friday, November 23, 2018

Now we're getting to the good part

The House intelligence committee's incoming Democratic majority is taking its first steps to follow Donald Trump's money, The Daily Beast has learned.

The committee is looking to hire money-laundering and forensic accounting experts, three sources familiar with the plans confirm to The Daily Beast. One Democratic committee office said the purpose of the potential new hires is to examine unanswered financial questions about Trump and Russia, but their work could apply broadly across the panel’s intelligence oversight.

This indicates that likely chairman Adam Schiff’s stated interest in the intersection of financial crimes and intelligence threats isn’t just talk.

Schiff, a California Democrat, has said publicly and privately that he’s interested in President Donald Trump’s relationship with Deutsche Bank, the German financial giant that has been scorched for its connections to money-laundering.


“I think it’s really important that people understand how much Russia relies on money-laundering and financial influence as part of its attempts to undermine Western interests throughout the world,” [Mieke Eoyang, vice president of the Third Way think tank’s National Security Program and former staffer on the committee] said. “It’s one of those things where you really need to check that kind of activity. At the same time, you may have an administration that’s putting pressure on its own people not to look too hard at it, so you’d want more congressional oversight there.”

  Daily Beast
I hope "Little Adam Schitt" cleans Trump's clock.

The only thing that I can see that might be a problem here is, as I've seen arguments made, they could get in the way of Mueller's probe.  Let us hope not. And maybe, it's as much a ploy to put Trump on notice and let him stew.

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