Trump-Russia Roundup: January 24 – 30
Stone’s indictment is just the tip of the iceberg.
Yesterday, Trump’s longtime friend and adviser, Roger Stone, pleaded not guilty to charges brought forward by Mueller’s investigation.
On Friday, Stone was arrested for lying to investigators about coordinating with the Trump campaign and the Kremlin-linked group, Wikileaks, regarding the release of materials stolen from the Clinton campaign.
Stone’s indictment is the first court document directly linking the Trump team to WikiLeaks. That’s big. It adds an important piece to the puzzle. And it makes it all the more important for the American people to see Mueller’s full and complete findings.
We deserve to know the full truth about the Trump team’s ties to the Kremlin and what happened in 2016. And we need to hear it straight from Mueller, not a Trump lackey.
That’s why on Monday, the Senate introduced bipartisan legislation to stop Trump and his attorney general pick, Bill Barr, from burying or editing Mueller’s findings.
Read more about Stone’s indictment and the new Special Counsel Transparency Act in this week’s Trump-Russia Roundup:
The New York Times: Indicting Roger Stone, Mueller Shows Link Between Trump Campaign and WikiLeaks
The special counsel revealed on Friday the most direct link yet between parallel efforts by the Trump campaign and WikiLeaks to damage Hillary Clinton during the 2016 election using Democratic Party material stolen by Russians.
The Washington Post: What Roger Stone’s indictment means for collusion
Stone’s indictment suggests he was engaging. It lists three occasions on which Stone asked his intermediary to pass along a message to WikiLeaks, including one in which he requested specific emails.
CNN: The single most important sentence in the Roger Stone indictment
It raises questions that could potentially lead to evidence of collusion and embroil Trump himself.
The Washington Post: Trump confidant Roger Stone pleads not guilty to charges in Mueller probe
The indictment alleges Stone sought that information before the election at the direction of an unidentified senior Trump campaign official.
The Hill: Senators introduce bill to require special counsel report be made public
Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chuck Grassley introduced legislation Monday that would require a report to Congress once either the probe ends or in the event a special counsel is fired or resigns.
PBS: Bipartisan Senate bill would require public report from Mueller probe
The legislation would require that the report include “all factual findings and underlying evidence,” according to the senators.
CNBC: Judge abruptly cancels ex-Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort’s sentencing in Virginia case.
A federal judge Monday canceled former Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort’s sentencing in his Virginia case, which was scheduled for Feb. 8, according to a filing.
MSNBC: Blumenthal questions truthfulness of Trump Jr.’s Senate testimony
Senator Richard Blumenthal talks with Rachel Maddow about a new bipartisan bill that would ensure that Robert Mueller’s report be made public, and about the potential for further criminal charges from the special counsel’s office for lying to Congress.
The New York Times: Trump and His Associate Had More Than 100 Contact With Russians Before the Inauguration
Knowledge of these interactions is based on New York Times reporting, documents submitted to Congress, and court records and accusations related to the special counsel investigating foreign interference in the election.
Vox: Trump met Putin without staff or note takers present — again
According to the Financial Times, Trump spoke to Putin during last November’s G20 summit in Argentina without a US official present to take notes. Melania was by Trump’s side during the chat, but no staff joined them.