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Timothy L. O'Brien

Mueller Just Stepped Over Trump's Red Line

The president once warned the prosecutor to stay out of his family business. The reply: subpoenas.
You say lines, I say subpoenas.

You say lines, I say subpoenas.

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Last July, President Donald Trump warned the special counsel Robert Mueller that it would be a "violation" for him and his group of Justice Department investigators to examine the Trump family's finances. The president agreed with a New York Times reporter's question about whether doing so would amount to crossing a "red line."

Mueller apparently has decided to cross that line anyway. The Times reported on Thursday that Mueller's team has subpoenaed Trump's company, the Trump Organization, for records pertaining to a number of business deals -- including some related to Russia.