Tag Archives: Russia Investigation

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If Not for Mueller, Trump Says His Approval Would Be at 75 Percent

75%

“Without the phony Russia Witch Hunt, and with all that we have accomplished in the last almost two years (Tax & Regulation Cuts, Judge’s, Military, Vets, etc.) my approval rating would be at 75% rather than the 50% just reported by Rasmussen.” — President Trump, claiming in a tweet that his approval rating would be 75% if it wasn’t for special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation. FiveThirtyEight has Trump’s average approval at just 41%.

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The Number that Trump Fears

119

Jonathan Swan: “A number scaring the hell out of the Trumps: 119. … The equation: 70 hours of Michael Cohen interviews with Mueller’s team + 30 hours of interviews with former White House counsel Don McGahn + 19 Michael Flynn interviews with prosecutors.”

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Mueller Investigation Hasn’t Cost Taxpayers a Dime

$0.00

New York Magazine: “As of September, the fiscal cost of the Mueller investigation was roughly $0.00. By that point, the probe had spent roughly $26 million. But, by striking a plea agreement with Paul Manafort for his myriad white-collar crimes — an agreement that required Trump’s former campaign manager to forfeit five multi-million-dollar properties, a life-insurance policy, and the contents of multiple bank accounts — Mueller’s investigation had acquired somewhere between $26 million and $42 million worth of revenue for the federal treasury.”

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Putin Was to Get $50 Million Penthouse at Moscow Trump Hotel

$50 million

“President Trump’s company planned to give a $50 million penthouse at Trump Tower Moscow to Russian President Vladimir Putin as the company negotiated the luxury real estate development during the 2016 campaign,” BuzzFeed News reports.

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Dershowitz: Mueller Report Will Be ‘Devastating’

“I think the report is going to be devastating to the president and I know that the president’s team is already working on a response to the report.” He added: “When I say devastating, I mean it’s going to paint a picture that’s going to be politically very devastating. I still don’t think it’s going to make a criminal case.”

— Alan Dershowitz, a frequent defender of President Trump, to ABC News.

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Whittaker Sounds Like an Impartial Guy — Not!

“I would indict Hillary Clinton.”

— Mark Whittaker, who was appointed Acting Attorney General today, writing in USA Today in July 2016.

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Mar-a-Lago Member Donated to Defense Fund for Mueller Indictees

$150,000

Anthony Lomangino, a recycling mogul, Trump campaign donor and Mar-a-Lago member, gave $150,000 to a legal defense fund set up for current and former Trump aides mired in special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe, according to a new filing with the IRS, Politico reports.

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Trump Pledges, Won’t Pledge, Doesn’t Pledge to Not End Mueller Investigation

“Well, I — I don’t pledge anything. But I will tell you, I have no intention of doing that. I think it’s a very unfair investigation because there was no collusion of any kind. There is no collusion. I don’t want to pledge. Why should I pledge to you? If I pledge, I’ll pledge. I don’t have to pledge to you. But I have — I have no intention of doing that.”

— President Trump, in an interview on 60 Minutes, on whether he would pledge not to fire special counsel Robert Mueller.

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It’s the End of the Beginning for Trump

“He’s not going to survive Manafort’s testimony. … I think there’s a substantial possibility that this evidence that Manafort is offering will implicate somebody up the chain.”

— Former White House ethics lawyer Norman Eisen, in an interview on ABC News, saying that he believes this is “not the beginning of the end, but the end of the beginning for Donald Trump.”

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Mueller’s Approval Rating on the Rise

59%

A new Fox News poll finds approval of special counsel Robert Mueller stands at 59%, up 11 points since July, and 40% expect the investigation will find Trump committed criminal or impeachable offenses, up 5 points.