But now, as Trump prepares to end his first year in office, the witch hunt narrative may have outlived its usefulness. Mueller’s investigation has expanded and gained serious traction: The president’s former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, and Manafort’s chief deputy, Rick Gates, have been indicted. ” MORE
“As the White House contends with questions about who knew about former national security adviser Michael Flynn lying to the FBI, people close to Vice President Mike Pence are trying to make clear that President Donald Trump’s No. 2 knew nothing at all.
He was at a homeless shelter in Indiana, clad in an apron and doling out hot meals, the day last December when Egypt submitted a U.N. resolution that drew Flynn and Trump’s son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner into international back-channel dealing.” MORE
“Evidence of Donald Trump’s clear obstruction of justice regarding the Russia inquiry continued to pile up on Thursday as a new report from The New York Times revealed that the president “repeatedly urged senior Senate Republicans, including the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, to end the panel’s investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election.”
The Times called Trump’s efforts to end the investigation over the summer “highly unusual intervention from a president into a legislative inquiry involving his family and close aides.” MORE
“Mueller’s investigators are also still actively mapping out all the attempts by Russian nationals and people with ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s government to connect with and possibly infiltrate the Trump campaign. So far, at least nine people in Trump’s orbit had contact with Russians during the campaign or the transition to the White House, according to Mueller’s charging documents and interviews and records obtained by The Washington Post.” MORE
“A federal judge has dismissed — for a second time — a pair of lawsuits seeking to force the State Department to do more to recover former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s emails.
The new ruling from U.S. District Court Judge James Boasberg could irritate President Donald Trump, who is said to have been fuming in recent weeks over reports that the State Department is still processing a backlog of tens of thousands of Clinton emails the FBI came across during its investigation into whether Clinton or her aides broke the law by exchanging information deemed classified. Trump has also complained publicly that the Justice Department has failed to dig into Clinton’s email use.” MORE
In a new letter, Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) his position as a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee to call out Attorney General Jeff Sessions lies about Russia, and demand answers from Sessions about his false statements.
In a letter to Sessions, Franken wrote:
“The credibility of Attorney General Jeff Sessions has been called into serious question after the Justice Department unsealed a plea deal taken by a former foreign policy adviser to President Donald Trump’s campaign.
The documents revealed that former adviser George Papadopoulos attended a “national security meeting in Washington D.C.,” on March 31, 2016, along with Trump, Sessions and others. In that meeting, Papadopoulos “introduced himself,” and explicitly stated “in sum and substance, that he had connections that could help arrange a meeting between then-candidate Trump and [Russian] President Putin.” MORE