Today in Moscow, John Bolton formally invited Russian President Vladimir Putin to Washington, D.C. just as Trump’s own administration determined that Russia is actively interfering in the 2018 midterms. This is part of a clear and repeated pattern of Trump turning a blind eye to Russia’s actions against the US, all the while taking steps that actually advance Putin’s foreign policy objectives.
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.