Special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation is over, but the reverberations of the Trump-Russia affair live on. One such aftereffect is the reluctance of some important figures in the 2016 campaign to speak out, for fear of continued legal entanglements. Take J.D. Gordon, who served as the Trump campaign's director of national security. Never accused of any wrongdoing, he played a central role in one of the most controversial and least understood episodes of the Trump-Russia matter: the approval of the 2016 GOP platform at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. On July 18, 2016, The Washington Post published a story headlined, "Trump campaign guts GOP's anti-Russia stance on Ukraine." Below a scandalously erroneous headline, the piece reported that the campaign, acting contrary to the views of "almost all Republican foreign policy leaders," killed a proposal that the United States provide lethal aid to Ukraine in its struggle against Russia.Why would the campaign do … [Read more...] about The personal cost of the Trump-Russia probe
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World Donald Trump Russia investigation FBI officials explained to Congress last year that they had begun investigating President Donald Trump to determine whether the president was working on behalf of Russia or was entirely innocent of such allegations, transcripts from the closed-door meetings have revealed. James Baker, who was then serving as general counsel for the FBI, explained in the meetings that the bureau was attempting to determine whether Trump was "acting at the behest of [Russia] and somehow following directions, somehow executing their will,” CNN reported on Monday. "That was one extreme. The other extreme is that the president is completely innocent, and we discussed that too," he told investigators from the House of Representatives last year. "We need to investigate, because we don't know whether, you know, the worst-case scenario is possibly true or the President is totally innocent and we need to get this thing over with—and so he can move … [Read more...] about Trump-Russia Investigation: ‘Worst-Case Scenario Is Possibly True or the President Is Totally Innocent,’ FBI Counsel Told Congress
POLITICS 12/07/2018 08:55 pm ET Federal prosecutors described their recommendations for how the president's former lawyer should be sentenced for his involvement in the Trump Russia scandal. Hunter Walker and Luppe B. Luppen WASHINGTON — Two teams of prosecutors filed memos in federal court on Friday describing their recommendations for how President Trump’s former attorney Michael Cohen should be sentenced after pleading guilty to several felonies. The documents described two previously unknown instances of Russians reaching out to Trump’s inner circle. One of the memos that was written by federal prosecutors in Manhattan also accused Cohen of not fully cooperating with the government and suggested he serve “a substantial term of imprisonment.” Cohen spent over a decade as an executive at Trump’s real estate company. After Trump took office last year, Cohen served as his personal attorney. In August, Cohen pleaded guilty to multiple … [Read more...] about Michael Cohen Acted ‘At The Direction’ Of Donald Trump, Federal Prosecutors Say
Breaking News Emails Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings. SUBSCRIBE Nov. 30, 2018 / 1:42 PM GMT By Chuck Todd, Mark Murray and Carrie Dann WASHINGTON — Every time special counsel Robert Mueller speaks — through his court filings — he packs a punch. The latest example came Thursday, when he revealed that Trump lawyer/fixer Michael Cohen was lying about the president’s business ties with Russia, and that Trump & Co. were seeking business deals with Russia well into June 2016, right before Trump officially became the GOP’s presidential nominee. And when you consider what Trump said about Russia during the 2016 campaign, as National Review’s David French writes, those business ties represented an enormous conflict of interest, especially since Russia is/was an adversary. Here was Trump in December 2015, when MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough asked him about Vladimir … [Read more...] about Trump’s Russia dealings represented an enormous conflict of interest in 2016
POLITICS 09/23/2018 03:42 pm ET The attorney is trying to convince voters that their congressman is too busy protecting the president to focus on fixing central California's water crisis. By Jessica Schulberg Andrew Janz decided it was time for Devin Nunes to go when he read about the congressman’s secret trip to the White House last year, when Nunes collected classified information he later claimed was evidence for the unfounded conspiracy theory that the Obama administration had spied on the Trump campaign during the election. Once a relatively unknown member of Congress, Nunes has become infamous in Washington for using his position as the Republican chairman of the House Intelligence Committee to block the panel’s efforts to investigate collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian operatives during the election. In doing so, he has emerged as one of the president’s most loyal allies — and one of the Democrats’ key targets in … [Read more...] about Devin Nunes Is Infamous For Sabotaging The Trump-Russia Investigation. His Opponent Andrew Janz Is Running On Water.