Another week, another bombshell on President Donald Trump’s decades of financial malfeasance. This time, a months-long investigation by ProPublica and WNYC documents how Trump and the Trump Organization allegedly defrauded their investors while doing everything they could to artificially limit liability.
In a new report, the Center for American Progress examines the origins of Russia’s political assault on the United States and shows that it was part of a much broader and more coordinated effort than has previously been understood. Based a review of publicly available documents, the report finds that there were five lines of effort to influence the election and that all five began or accelerated in 2014.
On January 6, 2017, the U.S. intelligence community released a declassified assessment to the public confirming what most had already suspected: Russian President Vladimir Putin had ordered an influence campaign in 2016 aimed at the U.S. presidential election.1 Since the intelligence community released its assessment, the public has learned a great deal about this assault from the special counsel investigation, press reporting, and declassified intelligence. Based on analysis of available material, it has become increasingly clear when, how, and why Russia launched the campaign against American democracy. It is evident that there was a surge of activity intended to influence the American electorate and political institutions that originated in 2014 as a counterresponse to the U.S.-led international isolation of Russia following its intervention in Ukraine.
Devin Nunes, the chair of the House Intelligence Committee, is set to release transcripts of testimony from key witnesses in their Russia probe. Here’s a reminder that the investigation he ran was nothing more than an elaborate cover-up on Trump’s behalf.
If Trump seeks to undermine the investigation and obstruct justice by firing Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, there would be serious concerns about the impartiality of any political official at the U.S. Department of Justice who replaces him. These concerns are heightened by Trump’s repeated demands that the Department of Justice protect him from accountability for his actions. The only way to repair the trust of the American people in the integrity of the investigation would be to follow past precedent and ensure the special counsel is truly independent.
President Donald Trump has been desperate to fire Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and squeeze the Mueller investigation. (Trump’s accomplices in congress even tried to impeach him.) Now, it looks like somebody in the administration or in Congress is leaking stories mischaracterizing a sarcastic comment, originally suggested by someone else, to give Trump a convenient pretext to fire him. Rosenstein’s removal would be a major blow against the Mueller investigation.