Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said on Tuesday he wanted to know more about Trump's business dealings with Russian Federation and meant to examine whether any connections existed between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign or the president's associates. But they didn't release those returns or any other related documents, so there's now no way to independently verify the claims. Their review also notably takes into account only Trump's returns from the past 10 years, leaving open questions about whether there were financial dealings with Russian Federation in earlier years.
Morgan Lewis was honored by Chambers Europe, a division of publisher Chambers & Partners that ranks law firms based in the region. They've said that Trump should release his returns voluntarily and that it's not against the law for Trump to keep them private. Clapper's answer appeared to be less than a wholesale no - he said he'd seen nothing to concern him in the investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 election but that he couldn't answer beyond that because it could interfere with an investigation.
The attorneys wrote a letter in March that was released by the White House Friday. The president said, "I have no investments in Russian Federation, none whatsoever". "It rules out some of the most obvious things, but it leaves plenty of room". By limiting their review to tax returns from the past decade, Trump's lawyers raise one obvious question: What's in the tax returns from the years before that? Trump and his team have certainly made a lot of false statements about a lot of significant subjects over the years, and it's impossible to really tell what's going on with various Trump business entities without actual access to the underlying financial records. However, the letter did show his income from the Miss Universe pageant back in 2013, which was held in Moscow and one of his properties that he sold to a Russian billionaire in 2008 for $95 million.
The letter was in response to Republican Sen.
The timing of Trump's letter may also be related to something journalists are beinning to suspect, as MSNBC's Rachel Maddow raised late this week: that some of Trump's former top campaign aides are cooperating with the Federal Bureau of Investigation to save their own skins.
On Tuesday, White House press secretary Sean Spicer told reporters that Trump had "charged a leading law firm" to send a letter to Graham showing that "he has no connections to Russian Federation".
There's also the suggestion this week from former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper that reviews of Trump's business dealings in Russian Federation are part of an ongoing investigation.
"I have no investments in Russian Federation, none whatsoever", Trump told NBC News' Lester Holt in an interview Thursday. Regarding his tax returns and his dealings with Russia, Trump has reached that time. A lot of people thought I owned office buildings in Moscow.
"The entire Bayrock affair, involving the Trump Soho hotel and tower in Manhattan, where banks and investors lost millions of dollars, and the profits, according to court papers, disappeared into an Icelandic company backed by a Russian oligarch, would seem not to be covered by this letter-by this very carefully composed letter", he said. A dry, staid "the law is well-settled that campaigns have the right to exclude dissenters from events" would have scored all the substantive points they needed without making the case a top news story.