Trump-Russia Roundup: January 31 – February 6
In this Roundup: It’s no surprise Trump attacked Mueller’s investigation in his State of the Union address last night. Here’s why he’s panicking:
Last night, Trump used the State of the Union to attack the Trump-Russia investigation.
And he sounded a lot like Nixon in 1974, who said, “I believe the time has come to bring that investigation and the other investigations of this matter to an end.”
Like Nixon, Trump is panicking. And considering Monday’s news — federal prosecutors subpoenaed the Trump Inaugural Committee’s financial documents! — it’s no surprise Trump’s desperate enough to use this historic platform to advance his cover-up.
California Attorney General Becerra gave this scathing response to Trump’s remarks: “Criminality, conspiracy, obstruction of justice — all of these dark shadows follow Donald Trump and his administration.”
We couldn’t agree more.
Don’t let those dark shadows obscure the truth. Catch up on the latest news in this week’s Trump-Russia Roundup:
TIME: Trump Used the State of the Union to Call for an End to Investigations. So Did Nixon
Though Trump did not mention Mueller by name, Trump singled out “ridiculous” and “partisan” investigations, and warned that they could harm the economic “resurgence.”
NPR: Trump Inaugural Committee Hit With Subpoena
Trump’s inaugural committee has received a subpoena from Justice Department investigators. The subpoena reportedly orders the committee to hand over a wide-ranging collection of documents related to how it was funded and by whom.
The New York Times: Trump Inaugural Committee Ordered to Hand Over Documents to Federal Investigators
The subpoena seeks documents related to all of the committee’s donors and guests; any benefits handed out, federal disclosure filings; vendors; contracts; and more.
Business Insider: US prosecutors subpoena Trump golf courses in Scotland, which some Democrats worry might have been funded by Russian money
US prosecutors last year ordered the company that owns Trump’s golf courses in Scotland to show its financial filings in an attempt to reveal its ownership.
The Washington Post: Virtually every organization Trump has run in recent years has been under investigation. Here’s where those probes stand.
A breakdown of the latest in each of the serious investigations Trump has faced along with how much trouble each could pose for Trump.
NBC News: Trump says he doesn’t know if he wants Mueller report made public
“It depends,” Trump said. “I have no idea what it’s going to say.”
Vox: The news about Donald Trump Jr.’s mysterious calls before the Trump Tower meeting, explained
When Donald Trump Jr. testified about his meeting with a Russian lawyer during the 2016 campaign, he was asked about two calls he placed to blocked phone numbers while setting up the meeting. He said he couldn’t remember whom he called — and Democrats questioned whether he called his father.
Buzzfeed News: Lobbyist at Trump Tower Meeting Received Half A Million Dollars In Suspicious Payments
A bank flagged transactions, including large cash deposits, made before and after Rinat Akhmetshin attended the 2016 Trump Tower meeting.
PBS News Hour: Trump confidant Roger Stone due in court for Mueller team’s Russia probe
A federal judge cautioned longtime Trump confidant Roger Stone not to treat the charges against him like a public relations campaign or book tour, and said she may issue a gag order in the case.