For the last three years, federal prosecutors have been conducting a secret investigation to determine whether or not millions of dollars flowing from an Egyptian state-owned bank could have illegally contributed to President Donald Trump's 2016 presidential victory. However, now that investigation has mysteriously been shut down.
This week, the investigative probe was confirmed by a Justice Department senior official who shared details with CNN. According to the DOJ official, the investigation was closed in July, reports CNN.
"The case was first looked at by the Special Counsel investigators who failed to bring a case, and then it was looked at by the US attorney's office, and career prosecutors in the national security section, who also were unable to bring a case. Based upon the recommendations of both the FBI and those career prosecutors, Michael Sherwin, the acting US attorney, formally closed the case in July."
In a September court filing, the Justice Department confirmed that an "an ongoing foreign campaign contribution investigation" was transferred to Washington, D.C., prosecutors after United States Department of Justice Robert Mueller's office was shut down in July 2019.
At one point, the extensive, top-secret investigation was so confidential that a full floor inside a Washington, D.C. federal courthouse was blocked off so Mueller's team could carry out investigative proceedings.
While investigators still have not confirmed whether or not they had legitimate evidence to confirm bank transfer from the Egyptian bank, insiders have suggested otherwise.
According to The Daily Beast, multiple insiders reportedly confirmed to CNN that there was substantial information to uphold a subpoena and continue the campaign finance investigation despite Mueller's investigative probe being complete.
It has also been reported that there were questions concerning a last-minute campaign contribution to Trump's 2016 campaign. The president, himself, reportedly contributed $10 million to his own campaign. The sizable donation was the single, largest contribution to the campaign and the president could not be reimbursed for it. However, investigators had qualms about the donation and where it may have originated from.
Federal law enforcement officials suspected, in part because of intelligence information, that there was money moving through the Egyptian bank that could connect to Trump's campaign donation, according to the sources. Yet untangling the web of Trump's complex business interests ultimately remained out of reach. - CNN