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.
President Trump’s defenders responded to the news of Paul Manafort’s plea deal on Friday with the usual refrain: His case has nothing to do with the Trump campaign or allegations that it colluded with Russia in 2016. They’re wrong. Why? Because they’re overlooking the blackmail factor.
President Donald Trump’s campaign chairman Paul Manafort pleaded guilty to conspiracy against the United States and conspiracy to obstruct justice—all on top of what he’s already been convicted of in his Virginia trial. He’s also now cooperating with the Mueller investigation. There’s only one person that was above him on the campaign.
It might be inherent in our Constitutional design that a Supreme Court nominee would reflect the values of his or her appointing president. But when that nominee is the mirror image of a deeply corrupt president, whose authoritarian impulse to put himself above the law flashes through in 140-character outbursts, it’s not a family resemblance we can afford to ignore. Brett Kavanaugh has shown throughout his nomination process that he has a distinct leaning toward holding the president immune from a criminal investigation, even as President Trump seems ever closer to drowning in one. Even more disturbing, however, is a comparison of President Trump’s most erratic and lawless statements with the more erudite and crafted positions of Judge Kavanaugh.
President Donald Trump’s Republican accomplices are doing Russian President Vladimir Putin’s dirty work for him. They stopped seriously investigating Russia’s unprecedented and unprovoked attack on American democracy months ago; now, they’re going after anybody who still is.
Since the appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller, five people who worked on Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign have been convicted of crimes, from tax fraud to illegal campaign contributions to lying to federal investigators. Though Trump's defenders claim the verdicts have nothing to do with collusion, even a cursory understanding of the connections between the campaign and the Kremlin proves them wrong. These convicted felons served as key middle-men between Trump and the Kremlin.
Trump’s personal attorney Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to eight federal counts of tax evasion, bank fraud, and campaign violations. Cohen also implicated the president in his plea deal, stating that he worked “in coordination with and at the direction of” Trump when paying off individuals to keep them from publicly disclosing information that could have harmed Trump’s candidacy. That means the President directed a criminal conspiracy to influence the election. Full stop.