Trump-Russia Roundup: January 3 – 9

2019 kicked off with a ton of Trump-Russia news. Here’s your rundown:

This morning, we learned that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is expected to resign if Trump’s controversial nominee for attorney general, Bill Barr, is confirmed.

In 2017, Rosenstein appointed special counsel Mueller to oversee the DOJ’s investigation into Trump’s ties to Russia and Putin’s attack on our democracy. He’s protected the investigation ever since.

Meanwhile, Barr has attacked it and refuses to say he’d recuse himself from the investigation, if confirmed. Barr’s confirmation hearings start next week, and it’s never been more important to keep the investigation in objective hands.

Case in point: A new court filing this week reignited the case for collusion, revealing that Paul Manafort shared polling data with Konstantin Kilimnik, an associate tied to Russian military intelligence, during the 2016 presidential campaign — and then lied about it to Mueller.

We should expect revelations like these to keep coming. Luckily, House Democrats are already working to hold Trump accountable, defend our democracy, and help Mueller uncover the truth. They’re already pledging to reopen investigations into Trump’s ties to Russia and make Mueller’s findings public.

Read more about this week’s breaking news in the first Trump-Russia Roundup of the year:

The Washington Post: Rosenstein expects to leave Justice Dept. if new attorney general is confirmed
Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein has told people close to him that he expects to depart the Justice Department if a new attorney general is confirmed.

The Guardian: Manafort shared polling data on 2016 election with elusive Russian – Mueller
Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort shared polling data on the 2016 election with a Russian man linked to Moscow’s intelligence agencies, according to special counsel Robert Mueller.

CNN: Schiff plans to make interview transcripts ‘fully available’ to Mueller
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff said Sunday that he plans to move quickly to provide the panel’s interview transcripts to special counsel Mueller.

The Washington Post: Democrats threaten to subpoena Whitaker over Mueller probe, discussions with Trump
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler is preparing to subpoena Whitaker to testify before the panel about whether his relationship with Trump influenced his oversight of the special counsel’s Russia probe.

The Washington Times: Mueller’s final report to be made public, top House Judiciary Dem vow
Mr. Nadler said his committee will be the one to receive that report once Mr. Mueller finishes his investigation and will subpoena it if necessary.

CNN: House Judiciary chair says Democrats are ‘not going to wait for the Mueller report’ to investigate Trump
“We are not going to wait for the Mueller report. There is plenty for the Judiciary Committee to look into right now,” the New York congressman said in an interview Friday.

Politico: Schiff to target potential perjury during Congress’ Russia probe
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) said Sunday that he wants to work with special counsel Robert Mueller to determine whether any witnesses who have testified before his panel have committed perjury.

Supreme Court rules against mystery corporation from ‘Country A’ fighting subpoena in Mueller investigation
The Supreme Court on Tuesday left in place a lower-court order requiring an unnamed foreign-owned corporation to comply with a subpoena said to be part of special counsel Mueller’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election.

The Washington Post: Senators renew attempt to protect special counsel Mueller
Republicans and Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee are renewing their attempt to protect special counsel Mueller’s job, sending a signal to Trump as he keeps up his criticism of Mueller’s Russia investigation.

The New York Times: Judge Extends Term for Grand Jury Hearing Evidence From Mueller
The extension underscores that Mueller’s team continues to pursue leads about Russia’s covert effort to influence the results of the 2016 election, and whether anyone in the Trump campaign conspired with Moscow to help Trump win.

The Independent: Robert Mueller given more time to investigate Trump’s possible collusion with Russia
The jury had been impanelled in July 2017 for a standard 18-month term and was set to expire this week. The extension granted by federal judge Beryl Howell means the investigation will continue for some time yet.

CBS News: Hearing dates set for Trump attorney general nominee Bill Barr
Barr will field questions from members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, soon to be controlled by Sen. Lindsey Graham, on Jan. 15 and Jan. 16, the committee announced.

The New York Times: Veselnitskaya, Russian in Trump Tower Meeting, Is Charged in Case That Shows Kremlin Ties
Natalia V. Veselnitskaya, the Russian lawyer who in 2016 met with Trump campaign officials in Trump Tower, was charged on Tuesday in a separate case that showed her close ties to the Kremlin.

Bloomberg: When Mueller Issues a Report, Trump May Try to Suppress Some of It
The White House may try to block portions of Special Counsel Mueller’s final report from being shared with Congress and the public in a fight that could end up before the Supreme Court.

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