Top Republican Senator calls for investigation of Trump’s business ties to Russia

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina wants to know more about President Donald Trump’s business dealings, specifically those that are between Trump’s companies and Russia.

Graham’s curiosity piqued, according to CNN, after testimony yesterday involving former acting Attorney General Sally Yates and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper. It was after Clapper expressed that he couldn’t comment about whether he had grave concerns with Trump’s business dealings that Graham apparently decided he wanted to know more, according to CNN reporter Manu Raju.

Trump’s dealings with Russia, and whether or not they are questionable, is something Graham seriously wants to examine, Raju said.

Raju also asked Graham if he thought about getting President Trump’s tax returns. Raju said that Graham said “that would be helpful” in response to that question. On whether Graham would subpoena for those returns, he responded “We’re not there yet,” implying it could be used as an option in the future.

“Clearly, he [Graham] wants to dig a little bit deeper into those business ties to see what if any connections” exist between Trump’s companies and Russia, Raju said.

Trump had promised as a candidate during his 2016 presidential campaign that he would divulge his tax returns at some point. But since becoming president, his administration has said it won’t release any of his tax returns, explaining that people don’t care about them anymore.

Yet many Americans still want to see Trump’s full tax returns to determine whether business dealings pose a conflict of interest between the president and the Russian government.

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