Senator Richard Burr needs to re-examine what he thinks is acceptable campaign contact with hostile foreign powers. The very same day that The Washington Post extensively detailed a secret meeting between Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and a suspected Russian intelligence operative, Konstantin Kilimnik, Burr claimed the Senate Intelligence Committee has found “no direct evidence of a conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russia.”
The Trump campaign knew Russia was attacking the 2016 election and chose to aid and abet rather than report that effort. There is only one explanation: collusion.
A slew of new information in recent days has significantly advanced the investigation into the financial relationship between Trump and Russia—a thread we’ve been following at the Moscow Project for almost two years. Here are four questions we’re getting closer to answering this week:
If the allegations prove true, Roger Stone’s indictment doesn’t just reveal the Trump campaign attempted to establish a backchannel to WikiLeaks; it shows that they succeeded, gaining inside knowledge that helped create a scandal that dogged Hillary Clinton’s candidacy.
Longtime Trump advisor Roger Stone has been arrested and indicted by the special counsel on seven charges, including obstruction, making false statements, and witness tampering. This is the first indictment that shows directed collusion from the top of the Trump campaign – potentially from Trump himself.
Over more than two years, story after story has demonstrated that President Donald Trump is compromised. Just in the past 10 days, it has been reported that the FBI opened a counterintelligence investigation into the president, Trump’s campaign manager shared internal polling data with a suspected Russian agent, Trump sought to conceal details of his meetings with Russian President Vladimir Putin, and most recently that the president allegedly directed his personal lawyer to lie to Congress. The bombshells show no signs of slowing. Nor do Trump’s efforts to obstruct justice and undermine the investigation. If anything, Trump’s attacks on special counsel Robert Mueller seem to be accelerating, as clear a sign as any that evidence of the crime he is trying to cover up ― collusion with Russia ― is finally catching up to him. It’s time to stop treating each new story as an isolated event. This is not a drill. This is an ongoing crisis.
The report that Donald Trump personally directed his longtime lawyer Michael Cohen to lie to Congress about efforts to develop Trump Tower Moscow during the 2016 campaign is the clearest evidence yet that the president obstructed justice to cover up the evidence of his collusion with Russia. Of course, this just adds to a long list of examples of the president obstructing justice.
The New York Times’s report that the FBI opened a counterintelligence investigation into whether President Donald Trump was acting as a Russian agent raises the prospect that the president may be a clear and present danger to US national security. It wasn’t just the FBI investigating—both the House and Senate intelligence committees opened investigations into Trump’s ties to Russia. But over the past two years, instead of trying to protect our national security, Republicans in Congress worked hard to undermine US law enforcement and protect Trump at all costs. They have been derelict in upholding their duty to protect the Constitution and the country from all enemies, foreign and domestic.