Trump-Russia Roundup: January 17 – 23
The American people deserve the whole truth about Trump’s ties to Russia. We deserve to see the results of Mueller’s investigation.
Mueller’s findings will be key to understanding the truth about Trump’s ties to Russia and holding him — or anyone who broke the law — accountable. But Trump’s nominee for attorney general, Bill Barr, refuses to commit to making Mueller’s findings public.
This week’s news shows why that’s so dangerous:
Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s personal lawyer, admitted that negotiations and planning to build a Trump Tower Moscow continued through the 2016 election. If true, that would mean Trump not only lied to voters, he was also working to secure a business deal in Russia while Russia was attacking our democracy to help him win!
Michael Cohen, Trump’s former lawyer, admitted he paid a tech firm to rig online polls ahead of the presidential campaign.
Meanwhile, Mueller zeroed in on the Trump campaign’s coordination with the NRA and their dual connections to Russia.
From Rudy Giuliani’s lies to the NRA’s corruption, this week’s news made one thing clear: Releasing Mueller’s comprehensive findings to the public is essential to learning the truth about Trump’s ties to Russia and holding him accountable.
But Trump’s nominee for attorney general, Bill Barr, won’t commit to making Mueller’s findings public, so House Democrats are fighting back — even vowing to subpoena the report if they have to.
Read more about their efforts to make Mueller’s findings public and other Trump-Russia news developments in this week’s Roundup:
The Washington Post: Barr hearing: Feinstein says she won’t vote for attorney general nominee unless he promises to release Mueller report
Sen. Feinstein said Wednesday that she would not vote for attorney general nominee Bill Barr unless he were to commit to releasing the report generated by the special-counsel investigation—something he has notably declined to do.
The Inquisitr: House Democrats Vow To Subpoena Mueller Report If Necessary
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler vowed to subpoena Mueller’s final report if necessary. Nadler’s remarks follow the recent confirmation hearing of Bill Barr, who has expressed reservations to making the report available to the public.
The Hill: Why William Barr must promise to make the Mueller report public
The Senate should demand unqualified assurances that both Congress and the public will have access to Mueller’s comprehensive findings. Barr should not be confirmed if there is any doubt he will release them.
NBC News: Giuliani: Discussions on Trump Tower in Moscow were ‘active’ throughout 2016 election
Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani said that plans to build a Trump Tower in Moscow remained an “active proposal” as late as November of 2016, leaving open the possibility that Trump’s company pursued the business deal up until the presidential election.
The Wall Street Journal: Giuliani Says Talks on Building a Trump Tower in Russia Went on Through 2016
A lawyer for Trump gave conflicting statements about the timeline of negotiations during the 2016 campaign to build a Trump Tower in Moscow, suggesting on Sunday that those talks had continued through the election before backtracking on Monday.
NBC News: In sharp reversal, Giuliani now claims: ‘I never said there was no collusion between the campaign’ and Russia
Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s personal attorney, made several attempts to clarify an assertion he made in which he claimed that he “never said” the Trump campaign didn’t collude with Russia. That comment runs counter to his and Trump’s past remarks on the matter.
The Washington Post: Russian oligarch’s deal for sanctions relief is sweeter than publicly portrayed, document suggests
A Russian oligarch allied with Putin will maintain majority control of a major energy company from which the Treasury Department is lifting sanctions despite the Trump administration’s promise to hold him accountable.
CNN: Mueller wants to know about 2016 Trump campaign’s ties to NRA
The special counsel’s team was curious to learn more about how Trump and his operatives first formed a relationship with the NRA and how Trump wound up speaking at the group’s annual meeting in 2015, just months before announcing his presidential bid.
NBC News: Michael Cohen says Trump’s ‘threats against his family’ will delay his testimony before the House
Michael Cohen, Trump’s former personal lawyer and fixer, is delaying his public testimony before Congress “due to ongoing threats against his family from President Trump” and members of his legal team.
Reuters: Supreme Court lets mystery company file appeal under seal
The Supreme Court let an unidentified foreign government-owned company appeal under seal a grand jury subpoena possibly related to Mueller’s probe into Russia’s role in the 2016 election, and the firm said a ruling against it would “wreak havoc” on American foreign policy.
NBC News: Michael Cohen says he paid tech firm to rig online polls ‘at the direction of’ Trump
Michael Cohen, Trump’s former personal lawyer and fixer, confirmed that he paid a small tech firm to rig online polls before the 2016 presidential campaign got underway “at the direction of and the sole benefit of” Trump.
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