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If you were in the shit as deep as Donald is you’d want to…

If you were in the shit as deep as Donald is you’d want to discredit the man investigating you too.

This week in the Trump-Russia investigation: Mueller follows the…

This week in the Trump-Russia investigation: Mueller follows the money as FBI probe hits 1-year mark

  • The FBI investigation into Russia’s meddling in the 2016 presidential election turned 1 year old this week, and President Donald Trump marked the occasion as only he can: by mocking it.
  • “Have you seen any Russians in West Virginia or Ohio or Pennsylvania?” Trump asked during a West Virginia rally on Thursday. “Are there any Russians here tonight? Any Russians?”
  • Trump — who has repeatedly described the FBI’s probe and other investigations into his presidential campaign’s alleged ties to Russia as a “witch hunt” — told supporters at the rally that Democrats invented the “totally made-up Russia story” because they have “no message, no agenda and no vision,” and that allegations of collusion were “fake.”
  • But the investigations continued to ramp up this week as special counsel Robert Mueller reportedly impaneled a grand jury as part of his probe, a sign of the investigation’s increasing scope. Here’s what happened in the Trump-Russia investigations this week. (8/5/117, 4:1 0PM)

Robert Mueller has impaneled a grand jury in the Russia probe….

Robert Mueller has impaneled a grand jury in the Russia probe. Here’s why that’s important.

  • Special counsel Robert Mueller has impaneled a grand jury as part of his probe into the Trump campaign’s alleged ties to Russia, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday, a clear sign the investigation is heating up and could continue to drag on for months.
  • The fact Mueller impaneled a grand jury doesn’t mean one or more indictments are imminent, but it does provide some clues about where the investigation stands.
  • For one, a grand jury had already been convened for former national security adviser Mike Flynn, who resigned in February after misleading White House officials about his contacts with Russians during the campaign. Read more. (8/3/2017 5:18 PM)

A bipartisan group of senators are already planning how to…

A bipartisan group of senators are already planning how to thwart attempts to fire Mueller

  • After reports surfaced that the Trump administration is trying to undermine the special investigation into Russia led by Robert Mueller, some Senate Republicans have started coming up with backup plans to keep Mueller’s investigation going.
  • On Thursday, two bipartisan groups of senators introduced separate bills that would provide court oversight to any attempt to fire a special counsel appointed by the Justice Department.
  • The first of the two bills introduced by Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) and Chris Coons (D-Del.) would allow courts to review the firing of a special counsel investigator. Read more. (8/3/2017 5:01 PM)

micdotcom: The Russia investigation may be reaching a “pivot…

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The Russia investigation may be reaching a “pivot point” — which could result in a constitutional crisis

  • The New York Times reported Trump’s attorneys are looking for ways to discredit Mueller’s Russia investigation — and potentially fire Mueller.
  • The Washington Post also reported the lawyers are looking for potential conflicts of interest among Mueller’s attorneys.
  • “If you’re trying to fire prosecutors … we’re coming toward a real crisis,” Ron Hosko said in an interview Thursday afternoon. 
  • The head of the Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund, who once oversaw the criminal investigative division of the FBI, Hosko said that Trump considering interfering with or firing Mueller would be a “pivot point” for the country in the Russia investigation.
  • It’s not clear what would happen if the president tried to fire Mueller or direct his investigation. What is clear: It would trigger a legal and constitutional crisis. Read more (7/21/17)

Kellyanne Conway’s Fox interview shows exactly how the White House plan to go after Robert Mueller

  • In an interview Friday on Fox and Friends, Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway painted a picture of what the White House’s attempts to discredit Mueller will look like.
  • The main source of criticism the Trump administration has leveled against Mueller are the supposed “conflicts of interest” of his legal team
  • Conway and the Fox hosts drew on these alleged conflicts of interest during Conway’s interview, as the adviser said Americans have a right to know about the “political motivations” of Mueller’s team. Read more (7/21/17 2:45 PM)

micdotcom: micdotcom: Trump just warned Robert Mueller not to…

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Trump just warned Robert Mueller not to look into his finances — it might be too late for that

  • In an interview with the New York Times on Wednesday, President Donald Trump warned special counsel for the Russia investigation Robert Mueller not to look into his personal finances.
  • Moments after that interview was released, the Times released a separate story reporting that banking regulators are already taking a deep look into Trump’s relationship with the German banking giant Deutsche Bank, and they expect to soon be hearing from Mueller as well. Read more (7/19/17)

Trump suggests that the FBI director should report directly to him

  • Also in the interview with the Times, Trump suggested that he believes the FBI director should report directly to him, not the attorney general.
  • In a portion of the interview that picks up with Trump talking about Nixon, Trump claims that the FBI director was always supposed to report to the president of the United States, and only began reporting to the Justice Department out of “courtesy.” Read more (7/19/17)

Trump says he wouldn’t have appointed Sessions if he knew he’d recuse himself from the Russia matter

  • Finally, in the same interview with the New York Times, Trump told reporters that he would not have appointed Jeff Sessions to be attorney general if he had known he would recuse himself from the Russia matter.
  • “Sessions should have never recused himself, and if he was going to recuse himself, he should have told me before he took the job and I would have picked somebody else.” Read more (7/19/17)

Update: Jeff Sessions says “I plan to continue” as attorney general

  • Attorney General Jeff Sessions said on Thursday that he has no intention to resign from his post as the country’s top law enforcement officer, despite the fact that President Donald Trump voiced frustration with Sessions in a New York Timesinterview published Wednesday.
  • “We love this job, we love this department and I plan to continue to do so as long as that is appropriate,” Sessions said at a Thursday morning news conference. Read more (7/20/17 10:30 AM)

Update: Mueller is reportedly 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. 
  • Mueller 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.
  • Investigators have reportedly subpoenaed bank records as part of the probe. Read more (7/20/17 11:15 AM)

Trump just warned Robert Mueller not to look into his finances —…

Trump just warned Robert Mueller not to look into his finances — it might be too late for that

  • In an interview with the New York Times on Wednesday, President Donald Trump warned special counsel for the Russia investigation Robert Mueller not to look into his personal finances.
  • Moments after that interview was released, the Times released a separate story reporting that banking regulators are already taking a deep look into Trump’s relationship with the German banking giant Deutsche Bank, and they expect to soon be hearing from Mueller as well. Read more (7/19/17)

Trump suggests that the FBI director should report directly to him

  • Also in the interview with the Times, Trump suggested that he believes the FBI director should report directly to him, not the attorney general.
  • In a portion of the interview that picks up with Trump talking about Nixon, Trump claims that the FBI director was always supposed to report to the president of the United States, and only began reporting to the Justice Department out of “courtesy.” Read more (7/19/17)

Trump says he wouldn’t have appointed Sessions if he knew he’d recuse himself from the Russia matter

  • Finally, in the same interview with the New York Times, Trump told reporters that he would not have appointed Jeff Sessions to be attorney general if he had known he would recuse himself from the Russia matter.
  • “Sessions should have never recused himself, and if he was going to recuse himself, he should have told me before he took the job and I would have picked somebody else.” Read more (7/19/17)

Robert Mueller is now investigating the Donald Trump Jr. Russia…

Robert Mueller is now investigating the Donald Trump Jr. Russia meeting

  • Former FBI Director Robert Mueller, who was appointed special counsel to investigate alleged ties between Russia and President Donald Trump’s campaign after Trump fired former FBI Director James Comey in May, is looking into a July 2016 meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and Kremlin-linked lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya, the Washington Post reported Tuesday.
  • Present at the meeting were Trump Jr.; Veselnitskaya; Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law and now-senior adviser; Paul Manafort, Trump’s campaign manager at the time; Anatoli Samochornov, a former State Department employee and translator; and Rinat Akhmetshin, a former Soviet spy and lobbyist who opposes the Magnitsky Act.
  • An eighth person, Ike Kaveladze, also attended the meeting, the Post first reported Tuesday. Kaveladze represented Aras Agalarov, a Russian real estate mogul who hosted the Trump-owned Miss Universe pageant in Moscow in 2013. His son, Russian pop star Emin Agalarov, was also present at the meeting arranged by music promoter Rob Goldstone. Read more. (7/18/2017 3:00 PM)