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Reports December 17, 2018

Following the Money: Trump and Russia-Linked Transactions From the Campaign to the Presidential Inauguration

At the turn of the 18th century, a newly elected president of the United States—only the second in the nation’s then-brief history—cautioned the American people about “the danger to our liberties if anything partial or extraneous should infect the purity of our free, fair, virtuous, and independent elections.” In particular, John Adams pointed to threats from abroad, warning that if a changed election outcome “can be obtained by foreign nations by flattery or menaces, by fraud or violence, by terror, intrigue, or venality, the Government may not be the choice of the American people, but of foreign nations. It may be foreign nations who govern us, and not we, the people, who govern ourselves.” Speaking before a joint session of Congress, he thus pleaded with the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives to “[preserve] our Constitution from its natural enemies,” including “the profligacy of corruption, and the pestilence of foreign influence, which is the angel of destruction to elective governments.” The threat of foreign influence over our elections did not wane in the intervening 220 years: Today, the United States has a president whose election was aided by the fraud and intrigue of a foreign nation. Americans who watched how President Donald Trump, in the words of the late Sen. John McCain, “abased himself … abjectly before a tyrant” in Helsinki, cannot be faulted for wondering whether John Adams’s long-ago warning has become a reality. Trump’s campaign to win the presidency required money, as did the Kremlin’s campaign to help him. While these two campaigns aligned in their goal—Trump’s victory—overt monetary contributions from Russia would have drawn regulatory scrutiny, not to mention public ire. Any financial support from abroad, therefore, would have had to be creatively obscured.

Dispatch December 10, 2018

OP-ED: Mueller Is Telling Us: He’s Got Trump on Collusion

For nearly two years, since the U.S. intelligence community released its report on the Russian campaign to assist Donald Trump in the 2016 election, the American people have been seeking an answer as to whether the Trump campaign colluded with its Russian counterpart. In the endless speculation about the direction of the investigation, a common view was that maybe the investigation would never implicate President Trump or find any collusion. But a flurry of recent activity this past week all points in the same direction: Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation will likely implicate the president, his campaign, and his close associates in aiding and abetting a Russian conspiracy against the United States to undermine the 2016 election.

Dispatch December 6, 2018

The Pence/Flynn Cover Story Continues To Unravel

Yesterday we shared our analysis of why the Flynn sentencing memo pointed to a quid pro quo with Russia—and warned that Vice President Mike Pence should be worried. That’s because the memo further debunks one of the Trump administration’s most obvious Russia-related lies: their cover story on why Flynn resigned.

Dispatch December 5, 2018

What You May Have Missed in the Flynn Sentencing Memo

While there’s been plenty of thoughtful legal analysis of the sentencing memo for former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, one big nugget has been all but overlooked. And it may answer a long-standing key question surrounding Flynn's role in the Russia investigation. On page 3, Mueller is indicating that Flynn’s phone calls with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak during the transition were part of a quid pro quo: pulling back sanctions on Russia in exchange for their help during the election.

Dispatch November 30, 2018

Memo: How Recent Developments Impact Our Understanding of the Russia Investigation

This week’s dramatic developments are a game changer in the Russia investigation: They clearly indicate that Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation will implicate the president, his campaign, and his close associates in aiding and abetting a Russian conspiracy against the United States to undermine the 2016 election. This attack continues to this day and is an ongoing threat to our national security that President Donald Trump continues to abet. It’s time for policymakers to shift their focus to not only protecting the Mueller investigation, but also preparing the public for the full breadth of corruption that the investigation will reveal.

Dispatch November 30, 2018

Updated Moscow Project report: “Putin’s Payout: 10 Ways Trump has Supported Putin’s Foreign Policy Agenda”

The will-they-or-won’t-they back and forth over Trump and Putin’s G-20 meetings is just the latest data point in a long line of inexplicable behavior in the relationship between the two. This unprecedented peculiar personal relationship between the Commander-in-Chief and a foreign adversary has translated into significant policy decisions. Underneath the occasional posturing and general chaos, however, the reality is that the White House has demonstrated a clear and consistent pattern of behavior toward Russia by not only calling for better relations with the Kremlin but also actively advancing Russia’s foreign policy objectives. 

Dispatch November 28, 2018

It’s Official: Mueller Has Identified Collusion

A draft plea agreement that Special Counsel Robert Mueller sent to conspiracy theorist and Roger Stone associate Jerome Corsi confirms that, in investigating the hack and release of stolen emails, Mueller has identified collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia during the 2016 election. And Mueller identified that the man at the center of it was in regular contact with Trump himself.

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