Tag Archives: Russiagate

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Bannon: Trump Tower Meeting with Russians ‘Treasonous’

“They’re going to crack Don Junior like an egg on national TV.”

— Steve Bannon, describing the Trump Tower meeting between the president’s son and a group of Russians during the 2016 election campaign as “treasonous” and “unpatriotic,” according to an explosive new book seen by the Guardian.

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Republicans Try to Characterize Mueller Investigation as a ‘Witch Hunt’

“Mueller has demonstrated he is incapable of leading a focused, unbiased review of his initial assignment. His witch hunt must end.”

— Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ), writing in USA Today.

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Trump’s Lawyers Preemptively Arguing Case Law

“The President cannot obstruct justice because he is the chief law enforcement officer under the Constitution’s Article II and has every right to express his view of any case.”

— John Dowd, President Trump’s outside lawyer, outlining to Mike Allen a new and highly controversial defense in the Russia probe: A president cannot be guilty of obstruction of justice.

Enumerati

Mueller’s Investigation Has Cost $5 Million So Far

$5 million

Special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into the Russian government’s efforts to interfere with the 2016 election has cost more than $5 million, ABC News reports. “Those expenses include money for a staff of more than 16 attorneys, dozens of FBI agents, support staff, travel and office supplies.”

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Kislyak Won’t Name Trumpers He’s Spoken to

“First, I’m never going to do that. And second, the list is so long that I’m not going to be able to go through it in 20 minutes.”

— Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, saying that it would take him more than 20 minutes to name all of the Trump officials he’s met with or spoken to on the phone, CNBC reports.

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Even Fox Employees Were Embarrassed by Coverage of the Russia Investigation

“I’m watching now and screaming. I want to quit.”

“Some employees at Fox News were left embarrassed and humiliated by their network’s coverage of the latest revelations in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian election meddling,” according to conversations CNN had with several individuals placed throughout the network.

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Trump Can’t Get Effective Legal Representation

“Trump’s efforts to enlist the services of a large firm have so far been rebuffed. White-collar experts at three high-powered firms, Sullivan & Cromwell, Steptoe & Johnson, and Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, have turned him down, say two people familiar with the matter. Some firms had conflicts that prevented them from taking the job; others worried that Trump wouldn’t follow legal advice, potentially damaging their firms’ reputation, two people said.”

Bloomberg

Enumerati

One-Third of Trump Voters Don’t Believe Don Jr.’s Meeting Happened

32%

A new Public Policy Polling survey finds that 32% of Americans who voted for President Trump said they don’t believe that Trump’s eldest son met with a Russian lawyer last year — even though he admitted that he did.

Poetic Justice

Outlaws and In-Laws

It must be a cross to bear for Donald Senior,
To have a son as dumb as Donald Junior.
But that chip off the block
Might end up chipping up rocks,
Doing hard time with co-colluder Jared Kushner.

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Even Fox Anchor Wonders at the White House Deception

“Why is it lie after lie after lie? The deception is mind-boggling. And there are still people who are out there who believe we’re making it up. And one day they’re gonna realize we’re not and look around and go: Where are we, and why are we getting told all these lies?”

— Fox News anchor Shepard Smith, quoted by the Washington Post, saying the White House is lying about its ties to Russia.