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.
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.
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.
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.
Special Counsel Robert Mueller has secured a guilty plea from longtime personal Trump attorney Michael Cohen for making false statements to Congress about a planned Trump Tower Moscow project in 2016.
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.
As a new Congress prepares to arrive, CAP Action’s Moscow Project released a comprehensive report laying out not just the overwhelming case that the Trump campaign colluded with the Russian government to win the 2016 election but also how the U.S. should respond.
Last week, just ahead of the Thanksgiving weekend, Trump reportedly submitted his written answers to questions from the Special Counsel’s office. This raises the question of whether or not Trump and his lawyers shared the answers, or portions of them, with anyone that is a party to Trump’s joint defense agreement. According to Bob Woodward’s book Fear, thirty-seven witnesses in the Mueller investigation are part of a joint defense agreement with the president, allowing them to share details of their interviews with Mueller with one another. The agreement “is created by the existence of a common legal interest” that allows lawyers to share information about their clients without violating attorney-client privilege.