Trump-Russia Roundup: November 21-28
Lies, secret meetings, and the GOP’s continued cover-up — it’s been a busy week for the Trump-Russia investigation:
It’s been a bad week for Paul Manafort.
On Monday, Mueller accused the former Trump campaign chairman of lying (repeatedly) to the FBI and federal prosecutors, violating his plea deal.
Then yesterday, The Guardian reported that Manafort secretly met with WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, in London — right around the time they were working with Russia to steal Hillary Clinton’s emails.
Mueller’s investigation is intensifying, but so is Trump’s cover-up. Trump is upping his attacks on Mueller on Twitter, and Senate Republicans just blocked a bipartisan bill that would protect the investigation by preventing Trump from firing Mueller. (This was the second time they blocked it!)
It’s more important than ever to stay on top of the truth. Catch up on this week’s Trump-Russia news:
The Washington Post: Mueller says Manafort lied after pleading guilty, should be sentenced immediately
Prosecutors with special counsel Robert Mueller said Monday that Paul Manafort breached his plea agreement, accusing Trump’s former campaign chairman of lying repeatedly to them in their investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.
The New York Times: Manafort Breached Plea Deal by Repeatedly Lying, Mueller Says
Prosecutors working for the special counsel said Manafort’s “crimes and lies” about “a variety of subject matters” relieve them of all promises they made to him in the plea agreement.
CNBC: Trump suggests he has inside information on the Russia probe, hours after Mueller said former campaign chief Manafort violated plea deal
Hours after former campaign chairman Paul Manafort was accused of lying to federal investigators in violation of his plea deal, Trump fumed against special counsel Robert Mueller, claiming his probe is “ruining lives” and suggesting that he had inside information about the investigation.
The Guardian: Manafort held secret talks with Assange in Ecuadorian embassy, sources say
Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort held secret talks with Julian Assange inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London, and visited around the time he joined Trump’s campaign.
The Washington Post: Timeline: What it would mean if Manafort and Assange met in 2016
A story from the Guardian attempts to draw a line between two of the largest dots in the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 campaign and overlap with Trump’s campaign. It’s not clear, though, what that line would represent.
The New York Times: Manafort’s Lawyer Said to Brief Trump Attorneys on What He Told Mueller
A lawyer for Paul Manafort, Trump’s one time campaign chairman, repeatedly briefed Trump’s lawyers on his client’s discussions with federal investigators after Manafort agreed to cooperate with the special counsel, according to one of Trump’s lawyers and two other people familiar with the conversations.
USA Today: Senate again blocks Senate bill that would protect special counsel Robert Mueller
The Senate again blocked an expedited vote on legislation that would protect special counsel Robert Mueller from being fired.
Politico: Republicans block Mueller protection bill from Senate floor vote
Senate Republicans blocked a bipartisan push to vote on legislation protecting special counsel Robert Mueller on Wednesday.
CNN: Trump refuses to condemn Russian aggression against Ukraine
As world leaders denounced Russia’s aggression against Ukraine, Trump waited more than a day before offering a muted response about the clash, leaving the task of criticizing Moscow to the outgoing US ambassador to the UN.
CNN: George Papadopoulos to start 14-day prison sentence Monday
George Papadopoulos, 22 months after he first lied to the FBI about his contact with Russians while working for the Trump presidential campaign, reported to a federal prison camp in Oxford, Wisconsin.
USA Today: Russia inquiry: House Democrats aim to unmask Trump Jr.’s blocked call
A blocked number in Donald Trump Jr.’s phone records may be among the first targets for Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee in January as they investigate possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russia.
That’s it (for now!). It’s all real news. Nothing fake here.
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