Always Look On The Bright Side of Life

Cue the countdown for some some incoherent and angry tweets from the orange man-child currently occupying the Oval Office:

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Special counsel Robert Mueller has impaneled a grand jury in Washington to investigate allegations of Russia’s interference in the 2016 elections, the Wall Street Journal said on Thursday, citing two unnamed people familiar with the matter.

The grand jury began its work in recent weeks and is a sign that Mueller’s inquiry into Russia’s efforts to influence the election and whether it colluded with President Donald Trump’s campaign is ramping up, the Journal said.

Other reporting makes clear what the grand jury is likely to be focused on:

Federal investigators exploring whether Donald Trump’s campaign colluded with Russian spies have seized on Trump and his associates’ financial ties to Russia as one of the most fertile avenues for moving their probe forward, according to people familiar with the investigation.

The web of financial ties could offer a more concrete path toward potential prosecution than the broader and murkier questions of collusion in the 2016 campaign, these sources said.
I, among many others, originally thought that the reason Trump never wanted to show his tax returns to the public is because they would show him to be much more highly leveraged and less wealthy than he claims. But with Trump freaking out when learning Mueller would have access to those returns (uh, yeah, why wouldn’t he receive access if he has reasonable suspicions they’re evidence to a crime?), it now appears that the real reason is because they would raise troubling questions about his financial ties to global organized crime.
I’m happy to hear the wheels of justice grind forward, but less happy that I have such an obviously-guilty idiot for a president who requires investigating. On the other hand, Hillary Clinton once deleted some personal emails and is a bitch, so who knows if we’d be in better shape with her in office than Trump.