A new brief from the Center for American Progress Action Fund’s Moscow Project shows that, based on public reporting and indictments by special counsel Robert Mueller, there are at least 272 known contacts between Trump’s team and Russia-linked operatives during the campaign and transition, including at least 38 meetings.
We’ve been waiting for two years to hear the answer to the question of whether or not Special Counsel Robert Mueller found that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia. The answer is in: He did. The spin from Attorney General Barr and the president that there was no evidence of collusion is simply not true. In 173 pages on Russian interference, Mueller identified constant contact and interaction between the Russian campaign to elect Donald Trump and the Trump campaign. Mueller found clear evidence of collusion, as the examples below demonstrate.
Despite Attorney General Bill Barr’s redactions and spin, it is clear that the report by Special Counsel Robert Mueller should be considered an impeachment referral for obstruction of justice by the President of the United States, akin to Watergate Special Prosecutor Leon Jaworski’s “roadmap” detailing troubling actions by President Richard Nixon.
Attorney General Bill Barr did what Trump hired him to do. His press conference was little more than an effort to spin Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. But his spin does nothing to change what we’ve already seen. The Trump campaign was complicit in Russia’s attack on American democracy—and Trump’s accomplices, including now Barr himself, have done everything in their power to mislead the public about that attack and that complicity.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein just publicly backed Attorney General William Barr’s handling of the Russia investigation in an interview with The Wall Street Journal. His remarks shouldn’t come as a surprise: Rosenstein’s role in overseeing the investigation has been complicated, often oscillating back and forth between enabling the White House and backing Mueller’s probe.
After more than two years of trying to shut down the Russia investigation, Trump has finally found his man to do it. It’s not just that Attorney General William Barr still refuses to release the full Mueller report to Congress. Now, he’s pushing the same conspiracy theories as such notorious Trump accomplices as former House Intel chairman Devin Nunes, undermining the very investigation he was supposed to be overseeing by questioning the origins of the Russia investigation.