“Amid new signs that special counsel Robert Mueller is pursuing an obstruction of justice case against President Donald Trump, Republicans in Congress have intensified their own investigations of the Justice Department’s and FBI’s handling of inquiries into Trump’s ties to Russia.
Tuesday brought several dramatic developments in the Russia saga, including the news that Mueller recently interviewed Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the first Cabinet official known to be questioned in the investigation. The New York Times also reported that former FBI Director James Comey was interviewed by Mueller last year.” MORE
“In his complaint, Manafort alleges that Mueller’s investigation “diverged from its focus on alleged collusion between the Russian government and President Trump’s campaign.” MORE
“Tom Steyer’s trove of data is fueling speculation about how the Democratic activist might use his new political power.” MORE
“Maddow said, “I’ll leave you with this, Mike Pence is in trouble. It is possible that the Vice President did nothing wrong, nothing criminal, but he really has been left out in the cold by the White House when it comes to the Michael Flynn story and Michael Flynn’s guilty plea. The White House is still telling a story about how and why and when Mike Flynn was fired. A story that all defends on this account by and about the vice president that is now disproven. That doesn’t make any sense. And they are trying, I guess, to stick with this thing but really do need a new account now of how Michael Flynn was fired and why because the old one can no longer be operative. What had been their operative explanation for why Flynn was fired is the White House was shocked, shocked to learn Mike Flynn had lied to vice president Mike pence about his conversations with the Russian government.” MORE
“Trump’s legal team is clearly setting the stage to say the president cannot be charged with any of the core crimes discussed in the Russia probe: collusion and obstruction. Presumably, you wouldn’t preemptively make these arguments unless you felt there was a chance charges are coming.
A lawyer wouldn’t be offering a defense before anything has been filed unless they are trying to get out in front of charges that are coming.” MORE
“The truth that the Trump family has been trying to hide is finally coming out as a Trump building in Panama has ties to drug trafficking and Russian organized crime.
NBC News reported, “Ventura said the Trumps never asked about his clients, the people who were buying the condo units, and he never told them. To cite one example, he said that he sold seven to 10 units in the Trump Ocean Club to a man named David Murcia Guzmán, founder of a large Colombian marketing company. Guzmán is now in U.S. custody, awaiting extradition to Colombia after being convicted by a U.S. federal court of laundering money for drug cartels, including through real estate.” MORE
“At least five companies have announced they will not advertise during Sean Hannity’s TV and radio shows following the host’s coverage of Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, who is accused of sexual misconduct with a 14-year-old.” MORE
THE DAILY SHOW