Trump-Russia Roundup: January 4

A drunken admission and an accusation of “treason.” Trump’s house of cards is crumbling. Here’s your first Trump-Russia Roundup of 2018.

Business Insider: Steve Bannon: There’s ‘zero’ chance Trump Jr. didn’t introduce Russians from June 2016 meeting to Trump
Wolff quotes Bannon, who joined the campaign in August 2016, as calling the meeting “treasonous” and “unpatriotic,” adding that Bannon said that “the chance that Don Jr. did not walk the Russians up to his father’s office on the 26th floor is zero.”

Mother Jones: Sen. Feinstein Says Trump’s Social-Media Guru “May Have Corresponded With Russian Nationals”
Trump’s social media manager Dan Scavino “may have corresponded with Russian nationals regarding Trump campaign social media efforts,” Senator Feinstein wrote Wednesday in a letter asking Scavino to agree to an interview this month with the Senate Judiciary Committee.

The Guardian: Trump aide told Australian diplomat Russia had dirt on Clinton – report
The FBI reportedly launched its investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election after George Papadopoulos, a foreign policy adviser to Trump, drunkenly admitted to an Australian diplomat that Moscow had dirt on Hillary Clinton.

The Independent: Donald Trump says that even if he did collude with Russia, it is ‘not a crime’
Trump has insisted there was no collusion between his campaign and Russia, but now he’s claiming that even if there had been, it would not have been “a crime.” We’ll see what Mueller has to say about that.

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