Investigators working for Special Counsel Robert Mueller have interviewed one of Trump’s closest friends and confidants, California real estate investor Tom Barrack, according to Associated Press.
One source who spoke to AP said the questioning focused entirely on two officials from Trump’s campaign who have been indicted by Mueller: Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, and Manafort’s onetime deputy, Rick Gates. Gates agreed to plead guilty to federal conspiracy and false-statement charges in February and began cooperating with investigators.
A second source with knowledge of the Barrack interview said the questioning was much broader, including financial matters about the campaign, the transition and Trump’s inauguration.
For those unaware, Barrack has some serious access and insight into Trump going back decades, since their days developing real estate. Barrack played an integral role in the 2016 campaign as a top fundraiser at a time when many other Republicans were shunning the upstart candidate. He also directed Trump’s inauguration in January 2017.
Like Trump, Barrack is a real estate mogul with close ties to several Mideast leaders. He and Trump met in 1988 when he negotiated the sale of The Plaza Hotel in New York to Trump. Barrack’s publicist in 2016 described the men as having since “solidified a lifelong friendship between themselves and their families.”
For months now, Mueller and his team have interviewed dozens of witnesses in the probe into Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election, however, very few have as much insight into the president’s lengthy business career and all facets of his campaign, inauguration, and administration as Barrack.
This interview is a massive move for the Special Counsel. Mueller increasingly is going after people closer and closer to Trump. Something sensational is bound to come out of this.