Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report may be the most damning document ever released about an American president. It outlines clear efforts to obstruct justice and is a seemingly exhaustive catalogue of Trump campaign contacts with Russian actors, all while Russia waged a “sweeping and systemic” attack on our political system. But the report barely mentions one incredibly important subject: money. Yet following the money is critical to the Russia investigation.
The Senate Intelligence Committee’s subpoena—approved by Republican Senator Richard Burr—for Donald Trump Jr. to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee marks the first known instance of Congress subpoenaing one of the president’s children. What seems entirely possible is that Trump Jr. lied to Congress when he testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on September 7, 2017. And among the questions that remain unanswered: Why didn’t Mueller interview Trump Jr.?
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s floor speech yesterday declaring the Russia investigation “case closed” reveals just how much Trump and his defenders are panicking. McConnell has consistently used his position of power to cover for the president and block meaningful inquiry into Russia’s attack on the United States when it was politically inconvenient for Trump. So it’s not surprising that when a report was released outlining the Trump campaign’s continuous contacts with Russian operatives and the administration’s efforts to obstruct an investigation into those contacts, McConnell once again began running interference for Trump.
A new brief from the Center for American Progress Action Fund’s Moscow Project shows that, based on public reporting and indictments by special counsel Robert Mueller, there are at least 251 known contacts between Trump’s team and Russia-linked operatives during the campaign and transition, including at least 37 meetings.
We’ve been waiting for two years to hear the answer to the question of whether or not Special Counsel Robert Mueller found that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia. The answer is in: He did. The spin from Attorney General Barr and the president that there was no evidence of collusion is simply not true. In 173 pages on Russian interference, Mueller identified constant contact and interaction between the Russian campaign to elect Donald Trump and the Trump campaign. Mueller found clear evidence of collusion, as the examples below demonstrate.
Despite Attorney General Bill Barr’s redactions and spin, it is clear that the report by Special Counsel Robert Mueller should be considered an impeachment referral for obstruction of justice by the President of the United States, akin to Watergate Special Prosecutor Leon Jaworski’s “roadmap” detailing troubling actions by President Richard Nixon.