If Donald Trump thought he was going to have a nice relaxing Father’s Day weekend, all of his plans to play golf and avoid all of his presidential responsibilities have just been ruined.
A new suspect has just been revealed in the Russian investigation, and it’s going to send the White House into a panic. It turns out that Special Counsel Robert Mueller is now looking into top Republican Senator Sen. Jim Risch (R-ID) for accepting illegal straw donations from the people hired by Trump’s ex-campaign manager, Paul Manafort, who hired American lobbyists to influence the policies of the government of Ukraine.
This shouldn’t be too much of a surprise, considering that earlier this year, Risch stated that Russia should be excused for meddling in the 2016 election. The Statesman reported:
“U.S. Sen. Jim Risch, R-Idaho, was reportedly among numerous American politicians pursued by a Ukrainian lobbying effort now being scrutinized by special counsel Robert Mueller.
A Massachusetts attorney believes Risch received illegal foreign campaign contributions via a scheme concocted by Manafort and a former business partner, Rick Gates, in which a foreign national group backed by Yanukovych’s political party used ‘straw men’ to donate to U.S. candidates running for federal office.”
Mueller recently announced this new evidence based on his investigation into Manafort’s political activities, which involved the Putin-supported Ukrainian political party and former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych. Manafort is currently in jail for his corrupt actions in Trump’s presidential campaign, although prior to then he had a history of helping Yanukovych get his political opponents imprisoned. Thanks to newer evidence on Manafort, Risch has become a large target, as he has been on the Foreign Relations Committee for over 10 years. The Statesman wrote:
“The push ‘engaged … every member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee,’ Paul Manafort wrote in a 2013 memo to former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych.
Mueller’s team included the memo in court documents filed Tuesday in the case against Manafort.”
As Risch is currently at the top of the chain and primed to replace Foreign Relations chairman Sen. Bob Corker, this is really bad news for the GOP and of course, Trump.
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