Trump-Russia Roundup: January 12
Trump backtracks, Bannon lawyers up, Feinstein drops a bombshell. These stories and more in this week’s Trump-Russia Roundup:
The Washington Post: Trump declines to say whether he would sit for interview with Mueller’s team
Trump on Wednesday declined to say whether he would grant an interview to special counsel Robert Mueller and his team, deflecting questions on the topic by saying there had been “no collusion” between his campaign and Russia during the 2016 presidential election.
The Daily Beast: Steve Bannon Lawyers Up… as Russia Investigators Get Ready to Pounce
Steve Bannon is lawyering up as he gets ready to face investigators looking into the Trump-Russia nexus…[The new lawyer] is is helping Bannon prepare for an interview with the House intelligence committee, which is currently scheduled for next week.
Vox: Trump is mad that “Sneaky Dianne Feinstein” debunked a key Republican theory on Trump and Russia
Sen. Dianne Feinstein ignored the objections of her Republican colleagues on the Senate Intelligence Committee and released the transcript of Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson’s extensive congressional testimony about Christopher Steele’s dossier on Trump and Russia.
NBC News: Democrats warn U.S. remains unprepared for Russian election interference
A new Democratic congressional report finds that the United States still lacks “a coherent, comprehensive and coordinated approach” to countering potential future threats from the Kremlin or elsewhere.
Business Insider: Fusion GPS: Author of Trump-Russia dossier thought Trump ‘was being blackmailed’ by Russia
The dossier’s author went to the FBI in July 2016 when he became worried that Trump, then a candidate, was being blackmailed. Simpson said Christopher Steele, a former British spy, cut ties with the FBI amid concerns it was being “manipulated” by Trump.
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