Report: Robert Mueller is broadening Russia investigation to include Trump’s business transactions

Special counsel Robert Mueller is expanding his investigation into the Trump campaign's possible Russia ties, Bloomberg News reported Thursday, and is now looking into the business transactions of the president and his associates.

According to the report, Mueller's probe includes apartment sales to Russians at Trump properties, a development deal with Russian associates, the Miss Universe pageant Trump held in Moscow in 2013 and the 2008 sale of a mansion in Florida to a Russian oligarch.

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June 7: The 2016 primary season essentially concludes, with both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton as the presumptive party nominees
June 9: Donald Trump Jr. — along with Jared Kushner and former campaign chair Paul Manafort — meets with Kremlin-connected lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya.
June 9: Trump tweets about Clinton's missing 33,000 emails
July 18: Washington Post reports, on the first day of the GOP convention, that the Trump campaign changed the Republican platform to ensure that it didn't call for giving weapons to Ukraine to fight Russian and rebel forces
July 21: GOP convention concludes with Trump giving his speech accepting the Republican nomination
July 22: WikiLeaks releases stolen emails from the Democratic National Committee
July 25: Democratic convention begins
July 27: In final news conference of his 2016 campaign, Trump asks Russia: "If you're listening, I hope you're able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing"
August 4: Obama CIA Director John Brennan confronts his Russian counterpart about Russia's interference. "[I] told him if you go down this road, it's going to have serious consequences, not only for the bilateral relationship, but for our ability to work with Russia on any issue, because it is an assault on our democracy," Brennan said on "Meet the Press" yesterday.
October 4: WikiLeaks' Julian Assange says his organization will publish emails related to the 2016 campaign
October 7: WikiLeaks begins releasing Clinton Campaign Chair John Podesta's emails
October 7: Department of Homeland Security and the Director of National Intelligence release a statement directly saying that Russia is interfering in the 2016 election
October 31: "This WikiLeaks is like a treasure trove," Trump says on the campaign trail
November 4: "Boy, I love reading those WikiLeaks," Trump says from Ohio.

Investigators have reportedly subpoenaed bank records as part of the probe.

The report comes a day after Trump warned Mueller not to look into his personal finances.

"If Mueller was looking at your finances and your family finances, unrelated to Russia — is that a red line?" New York Times reporter Michael Schmidt asked Trump on Wednesday.

"I would say yeah," Trump replied. "I would say yes."

Trump added later in the interview that if Mueller expanded his probe into Trump's finances that it would be a "violation."

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"Look, this is about Russia," Trump said. "So I think if he wants to go, my finances are extremely good."

When pressed by Times reporter Maggie Haberman on whether he would fire Mueller "if he went outside of certain parameters," Trump demurred.

"I can't answer that question because I don't think it's going to happen," the president responded.

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