Paul Manafort

To Flip Manafort: Is Mueller Gathering Plea Deals?

Reading Time: 4 minutes While many others targeted by special counsel Robert Mueller have agreed to cooperate, President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, has pleaded not guilty to various charges brought against him. In Washington, DC, Manafort faces 15 to 20 years in prison if found guilty of conspiracy against the United States, lying to prosecutors, making Read More

Christopher Wray, Rod Rosenstein, Jeff Sessions

Rosenstein Is Caught Between Doing His Job and Appeasing Trump

Reading Time: 3 minutes Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has one of the toughest jobs in Washington. He wants to ensure that the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election can proceed while also having to handle the increasingly frequent tantrums from President Donald Trump. The latest chapter in this ongoing saga started in late April when Trump Read More

Michael Cohen, Stormy Daniels

Trump Lawyer Michael Cohen: Beyond Porn Star Payments, Russia Angle

Reading Time: 26 minutes Michael Cohen, one of President Donald Trump’s personal lawyers, claims that he paid porn star Stormy Daniels — who reportedly had an affair with Trump in 2006 — $130,000 out of his own pocket shortly before the 2016 presidential election. But who is Michael Cohen? WhoWhatWhy found out some fascinating things about this Trump confidant. As with almost everything in this saga, there’s a Russian angle.

Donald Trump, Deutsche Bank, Moscow

Deutsche Bank: A Global Bank for Oligarchs — American & Russian, Part 2

Reading Time: 16 minutes What do President Donald Trump and a number of Russian oligarchs have in common? Answer: Deutsche Bank. We pick up where we left off by examining how Trump first became involved with the international colossus — a bank catering to clients who understood that sometimes the line between profit and illegality blurs.

Donald Trump, Deutsche Bank

Deutsche Bank: A Global Bank for Oligarchs — American and Russian, Part 1

Reading Time: 19 minutes International banking colossus Deutsche Bank has a track record of deploying illegal financial trading, money laundering, and shady offshore tax shelters in the service of the global elite. Should anyone be surprised that Deutsche is on Robert Mueller’s Trump-Russia investigation radar?

Donald Trump, Taxes

Curious Coincidences in IRS Trump Audit

Reading Time: 2 minutes Donald Trump’s refusal to release his tax returns has long been a subject of conjecture. To that, we’d like to add a related mystery: Why did the IRS begin auditing Donald Trump in 2002? Why that year in particular? Donald Trump’s finances were always complicated and fertile ground for the IRS, yet, it only began Read More