February 20, 2019 Trump-Russia Roundup

Trump-Russia Roundup: February 14 – 20

New reports in that Mueller will give Barr his report soon. But there’s no guarantee Barr will release it in full. Read more in the latest Trump-Russia Roundup:

CNN is reporting that new Attorney General Bill Barr could announce the completion of Mueller’s investigation as soon as next week.

But that doesn’t mean we’re guaranteed to see his full findings.

Nearly two years of Mueller uncovering evidence — 197 charges, 38 people and organizations indicted, 8 guilty pleas — has Trump desperate to bury the truth, and now with Barr’s help, he may succeed.

Congress has an obligation to stop Barr from burying the truth. That’s why there’s a bipartisan bill in the Senate that would do just that: the Special Counsel Transparency Act, which would require a full public report.

We have a right to the truth, and it’s never been more important to have all the facts. Start by reading this breaking news and the rest of this week’s Trump-Russia stories:

CNN: Justice Department preparing for Mueller report as early as next week
Attorney General Bill Barr is preparing to announce as early as next week the completion of Mueller’s Russia investigation, with plans for Barr to submit to Congress soon after a summary of Mueller’s confidential report.

The New York Times: Intimidation, Pressure and Humiliation: Inside Trump’s Two-Year War on the Investigations Encircling Him
Trump asked Whitaker whether Geoffrey S. Berman, the United States attorney for the Southern District of New York and a Trump ally, could be put in charge of the widening investigation into Michael Cohen.

The Hill: Five things to watch as Barr takes the reins of Justice, Mueller probe
The investigation — and Barr’s oversight of it — is likely to dominate his first weeks and possibly months as attorney general, depending on when Mueller submits his final report.

CBS News: Rod Rosenstein will be leaving the Justice Department next month
Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein is expected to leave his post in mid-March and newly installed Attorney General Bill Barr will name his new deputy as soon as this week.

NBC News: McCabe told Congress ‘Gang of 8’ leaders about FBI probe into Trump. They had no objection.
Former acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe told NBC’s “Today” show that he briefed congressional leaders about the counterintelligence investigation he had opened into Trump and that “no one objected.

NPR: Andrew McCabe, Ex-FBI Deputy, Describes ‘Remarkable’ Number Of Trump-Russia Contacts
While he declined to conclude that Trump or his advisers colluded with Russia, McCabe said the evidence special counsel Robert Mueller has made public to date “is incredibly persuasive.”

The Independent: Adam Schiff: Evidence of Trump-Russia collusion evidence ‘in plain sight’, says senior Democrat
Representative Adam Schiff, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said there was “pretty compelling evidence” that there was some form of collusion during that election.

The Washington Post: We’re entering a new phase of the Trump-Russia investigation
We’re entering a new phase of the Trump-Russia investigation, in which Trump’s efforts to contain the probe are failing. Information he tried to suppress about his business and political dealings is emerging — with more to come.

The New York Times: Trump Has Publicly Attacked the Russia Investigation More Than 1,100 Times
Trump has publicly criticized dozens of people and groups related to federal inquiries into contacts between his campaign and Russia, according to a New York Times analysis of nearly every public statement or Twitter post that he has made while in office.

USA Today: Mueller’s office seeks prison sentence of 20 years or more for ex-Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort
Russia special counsel Mueller asked a federal judge on Friday to send former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort to prison for between 20 and 24 years for his conviction on multiple financial fraud charges.

CNN: Special counsel prosecutors say they have communications of Stone with WikiLeaks
Prosecutors said for the first time that they have evidence of Roger Stone communicating with WikiLeaks, according to a new court filing from special counsel prosecutors.

The New York Times: Roger Stone Posted a Photo of a Judge Beside Cross Hairs. She Ordered Him to Court.
The federal judge overseeing Roger Stone’s criminal case on Tuesday ordered a hearing to consider revoking his bail after he posted a photo on Instagram of the judge with what appeared to be the cross hairs of a gun near her head.

The Hill: Trump declares New York Times ‘enemy of the people’
Trump on Wednesday labeled The New York Times “a true enemy of the people” one day after an extensive report detailing the ways in which he has sought to influence the investigations into his presidency and allies.

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