Special counsel Robert Mueller has subpoenaed the Trump Organization to turn over documents, including some related to Russia, according to “two people briefed on the matter.”
This is the first known situation where Mueller is demanding documents through legal means directly from one of President Trump’s businesses. Mueller has officially arrived at Trump’s doorsteps and he is knocking hard.
The scope of the subpoena has not yet been revealed and it is important to note that a subpoena is a very aggressive move by Mueller. He could have simply asked for the documents via request, but instead, he obtained a legally enforceable demand. It suggests that Mueller may have asked and received an inadequate or incomplete response, or that he has reason to suspect the Trump Organization won’t comply fully, and so he wants to attach consequences to noncompliance.
From what we know of Mueller, he is probably gearing up to get them for destruction of evidence or failure to disclose. His way of operating is to already know everything the target is supposed to turn over anyway.
The subpoena was reportedly delivered in “recent weeks,” and in it Mueller ordered the Trump Organization to hand over all documents related to Russia and other topics he is investigating(obstruction). The fact that Mueller issued this subpoena, means this investigation will be stretching on for quite some time and is nowhere near close to ending, as Trump desires.
All the while, Trump’s lawyers are in negotiations with Mueller’s office about whether and how to allow his investigators to interview Trump. This combined with the subpoena, really provides concrete evidence that Trump has done something illegal related to Russia and that Mueller knows what it is.