Originally posted by @mott-the-hoople
the meuller investigation is exposing democrats...even meuller himself. since news broke of his connection to Russia he is now wanting out...Trump has got to be loving this, and any gop running in the mid terms.
It is meuller time...to run! but Trump doesn't want him out.
"Shut down"? Hardly:
Bad news for Trump from the Senate Intelligence Committee; unlike Nines' whitewash in the House, it concluded that the Russian government's interference in the 2016 election was specifically designed to help the Donald (just like the intelligence agencies said):
Leaders of the Senate Intelligence Committee said Wednesday that they agree with the intelligence community’s assessment that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election and sought to help President Trump win the White House.
“We see no reason to dispute the conclusions,” Chairman Richard Burr (R-N.C.) said in a statement.
“There is no doubt that Russia undertook an unprecedented effort to interfere with our 2016 elections.”
That committee also released thousands of pages of testimony, most of which regarded the June Trump Tower meeting that Mueller is investigating. Besides indicating that Donald Trump Jr. claims to have the memory capability of an amoeba, it also offers the possibility that the Donald was informed of the meeting, something he has repeatedly denied (Note: If Donald Trump denies something, past history shows he's almost certainly lying):
3. Trump Jr. says he doesn't recall whether a key call with a blocked phone number was his father
Trump Jr. has said he never told his father about the meeting. But one particular phone call has raised lots of eyebrows.
It came June 6 shortly after a call with Russian pop star Emin Agalarov about the meeting, but we don't know whom it was with was from because the number was blocked. A big question has been whether it was his father, and whether Trump Jr. might have informed his father about the meeting on that call. (The elder Trump has also denied knowing about the meeting.)
Former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski has testified that the president's primary residence utilizes a blocked number, but Trump Jr. said in testimony that he doesn't recall whether the call was with his father:
Q. Does your father used a blocked number on his cellphone or on any phones that you call him on?
A. I don't know.
Q. So you don't know whether this might have been your father?
A. I don't.
Philip Bump lays out the timeline in detail here:
June 6, 4:04 p.m.: Agalarov calls Trump Jr. Call logs suggest that the call lasts between 60 seconds and two minutes.
June 6, 4:27 p.m.: Trump Jr. is in contact with a blocked number. It lasts for four minutes. It’s not clear if the call was outgoing or incoming; the testimony suggests that it was incoming but a report from Senate Democrats suggests it was outgoing. (The phone records are redacted in the documents released on Wednesday.)
June 6, 4:31 p.m.: Trump Jr. calls Agalarov. The call lasts for three minutes.
June 6, 4:38 p.m.: Trump Jr. emails Goldstone. “Rob thanks for the help
Mueller will have access to who exactly that blocked number belongs to and he has shown an intense interest in the Trump Tower meeting. Recall what Steve Bannon said about it:
“The chance that Don Jr did not walk these jumos up to his father’s office on the twenty-sixth floor is zero.”
And guess who chatted to the Mueller's folks for 18 hours: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-02-15/schiff-wants-bannon-held-in-contempt-if-he-skips-panel-interview
I'm not even getting into the fact that Trump filed a false financial disclosure report last year neglecting to mention his reimbursement of Cohen's Stormy Daniels payout:
If DOJ investigates and determines that president Trump knew of his debt to Cohen when he filed last year’s report, there will be reason to suspect that his omission of the debt from last year’s report was ‘knowing and willful,’ which would be a crime,” Shaub, who resigned in July 2017, said in a written statement. “No one from the Trump camp asked OGE last year whether the debt was reportable and that, instead, President Trump’s attorney asked OGE to allow him to be the first filer in history to be excused from the obligation to certify that his report was true.”
Apol’s letter to the Justice Department is “highly unusual,” said Craig Holman, a lobbyist for the non-profit watchdog group Public Citizen.
“It’s unprecedented,” Holman said. “All the evidence strongly indicates that Trump lied on his previous financial disclosure form.”
That's all just since Monday.