The Roundup: April 18 – 24
The Mueller Report is out. Now it’s up to Congress to decide what happens next.
Quick history lesson: Before Congress initiated impeachment proceedings against Nixon, the Senate Watergate committee held nationally televised hearings to show the public the extent of his crimes.
We need to do the same now with Trump.
It’s starting already: Attorney General Barr will testify before the House Judiciary Committee on May 2, they’re finding a time for special counsel Mueller to speak, and they’ve issued a subpoena demanding former White House counsel Don McGahn — a key player in the case for obstruction — testify on May 21.
These hearings are a crucial next step towards airing all the incredibly damning evidence in Mueller’s report, page by page, and making sure the American people know the true extent of Trump and his administration’s corruption and deceit.
And when these hearings are over, all options must be on the table for holding Trump accountable — including impeachment.
Because if anyone else had committed the crimes Mueller lays out in his report, they would be going to jail right now.
Read everything we know so far about what’s in the Mueller report, and what’s on the road ahead as Congress works to hold Trump accountable:
The New Yorker: The Mueller Report is Clear: Donald Trump Repeatedly Tried to Obstruct Justice
Now we know why Attorney General Barr went to such great lengths to spin the contents of Mueller’s report. Although Mueller’s team didn’t establish that Trump or anybody connected to his campaign engaged in a criminal conspiracy with Russian trolls and hackers, the investigation dug up voluminous evidence that Trump repeatedly tried to hamper, and even close down, the Russia investigation.
Vox: The Mueller report’s collusion section is much worse than you think
Mueller’s report on Donald Trump and Russia establishes a damning series of facts about the Trump campaign’s connections to the Kremlin. The report found that Trump and his campaign were both actively seeking to cultivate a relationship with the Russian government and willing to work with it to acquire damaging information about its political opponents.
The New York Times: Mueller Report Shows Depth of Connections Between Trump Campaign and Russians
Donald Trump and 18 of his associates had at least 140 contacts with Russian nationals and WikiLeaks, or their intermediaries, during the 2016 campaign and administration transition. Mueller’s report revealed at least 30 more contacts beyond those previously known.
Politico: What you missed in the Mueller report
The special counsel’s 448-page report raises even more intriguing questions about Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election and sheds new light on charges Mueller considered and dropped, who dished on Trump, who evaded Mueller’s attempts to secure an interview, what happened to the FBI’s mysterious counterintelligence investigation and why a Russian Olympic weightlifter mistakenly ended up on the public radar.
NBC News: Manafort told Gates not to plead guilty, said Trump’s lawyer vowed to ‘take care of us’
Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort told his longtime associate Rick Gates — after they were hit with federal charges — not to plead guilty because Trump’s personal lawyer had assured him they’d “be taken care of.” According to the Mueller report, this exchange took place in January 2018, three months after Manafort and Gates were indicted on 12 federal counts including conspiracy against the U.S. and money laundering.
Newsweek: Trump Campaign Figures Deleted Communications before Mueller Could See Them, Potentially Altering Report
Trump’s campaign officials and associates deleted information and concealed details from special counsel Robert Mueller’s team, leading investigators to conclude that it could “not rule out the possibility that the unavailable information would shed additional light” on the findings.
Roll Call: Mueller says messaging apps likely destroyed Trump-Russia evidence
The special counsel’s office “learned that some of the individuals we interviewed or whose conduct we investigated — including some associated with the Trump Campaign deleted relevant communications or communicated during the relevant period using applications that feature encryption or that do not provide for long term retention of data or communication records.”
Just Security: Russia “Previewed” Plan to Disseminate Emails with Trump Campaign
A significant revelation in the Russia investigation was elevated in a memo written by Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee. As Rep. Adam Schiff recently told Chris Hayes, “our memo discloses for the first time that the Russians previewed to Papadopoulos that they could help with disseminating these stolen emails.”
CNN: House panel issues subpoena to former White House counsel Don McGahn
The House Judiciary Committee has served former White House counsel Don McGahn with a subpoena as part of its investigation into obstruction of justice, a move to bring in a key player with direct knowledge about Trump’s efforts to undermine the Russia probe. The subpoena asks McGahn testify before the committee on May 21 and provide documents on three-dozen topics by May 7.
Hill Reporter: Democrats Ready to Hold Former WH Official In Contempt Over Subpoena
Rep. Elijah Cummings has decided to schedule a House of Representatives vote on the issue of the refusal of Carl Kline, former White House Personnel Security Director, to respond to his subpoena. As a result of Kline’s refusal, Rep. Cummings has floated the idea of holding Kline in contempt for refusing the invitation to speak before the House.
Washington Examiner: Nadler: Mueller report a ‘roadmap’ for House investigation of Trump
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler said the special counsel Robert Mueller’s report was written “with the intent of providing Congress a roadmap” to investigate Trump for obstruction of justice.
USA Today: Pelosi to Democrats: If facts support impeaching Trump, ‘that’s the place we have to go’
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi left open the possibility Monday of impeachment of Donald Trump during a conference call with Democrats. “We have to save our democracy. This isn’t about Democrats or Republicans. It’s about saving our democracy,” Pelosi said in a call with her colleagues, according to a source on the call.
That’s it (for now!). It’s all real news. Nothing fake here.