December 6, 2018 Trump-Russia Roundup

Trump-Russia Roundup: November 29 – December 6

Mueller recommends little to no prison time for Flynn, and Cohen and Manafort await their sentencing recommendations. Read about it all in this week’s Roundup.

This week, Mueller filed a sentencing memo for Trump’s former national security advisor, Michael Flynn. The heavily redacted memo was filed with the U.S. District Court in Washington ahead of Flynn’s sentencing on December 12th.

It could offer clues about what Mueller knows — so we’re reading between the lines:

Mueller’s recommending no jail time. That means he must have been VERY helpful to what appears to be three different investigations Mueller mentions in the memo. It’s heavily redacted, but that’s all the more reason to protect the investigation.

With Flynn’s “substantial assistance” Mueller’s closing in on the truth, and the next few weeks will bring sentences for two more of Trump’s former aides, Cohen and Manafort.

Trump’s lost control of his aides and associates, and now their cooperation with Mueller appears to be paying off. That’s huge — Mueller has more of the information he needs to get to the truth. But we’re running out of time to protect the investigation and make sure he can.

It’s never been more important to stay on top of the truth. Make sure you know all of this week’s Trump-Russia news:

CNBC: Mueller says Michael Flynn gave ‘first-hand’ details of Trump transition team contacts with Russians
Former national security advisor Michael Flynn has given special counsel Robert Mueller “first-hand” details of contacts between Trump’s transition team and Russian government officials, a bombshell court document filed Tuesday says.

The Washington Post: Some intriguing lines from Robert Mueller’s Michael Flynn filing
The sentencing filing, which recommended as little as no prison time for Trump’s former national security adviser in light of his “substantial” cooperation, was heavily redacted.

The Atlantic: Three Trump Lieutenants, Three Different Approaches to Mueller
The fateful decision to work for Donald Trump years ago has put a lot of people in the position of making much harder legal decisions.

Yahoo News: Mueller preparing endgame for Russia investigation
Robert Mueller’s prosecutors have told defense lawyers in recent weeks that they are “tying up loose ends” in their investigation, providing the clearest clues yet that the long-running probe into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election may be coming to its climax.

The New York Times: As Flynn Case Winds Down, Investigation of Turkish Lobbying Persists
Federal prosecutors in Virginia are investigating a secret Turkish lobbying effort that once involved Michael Flynn, the former national security adviser, even as Mr. Flynn’s role in the special counsel’s investigation winds down, according to people familiar with the inquiry.

The Washington Post: Did Trump obstruct justice in public on Monday?
Monday, Trump edged closer to an open display of obstruction and witness tampering: He urged potential witnesses against him to refuse to cooperate with law enforcement — and implied threats against those who do.

Vox: Did Trump commit witness tampering by tweet? I asked 9 legal experts.
In a lively tweet on Monday morning, Trump praised his longtime adviser Roger Stone for vowing not to testify against him.

Buzzfeed: The Trump Organization Planned To Give Vladimir Putin The $50 Million Penthouse In Trump Tower Moscow
Trump’s company planned to give a $50 million penthouse at Trump Tower Moscow to Russian President Vladimir Putin as the company negotiated the luxury real estate development during the 2016 campaign.

The Chicago Tribune: Commentary: How Michael Cohen’s guilty plea clearly links Trump to Russia:
Cohen is pleading guilty to lying to Congress by saying these negotiations had ended by January 2016 and by denying that he spoke to Trump about them.

Politico: Why Roger Stone won’t shut up
It’s all part of a pre-emptive counterattack against the special counsel’s Russia investigation, which many legal experts believe is inexorably closing in on Stone.

NBC: Trump associate Roger Stone invokes Fifth Amendment, won’t give Senate documents or testify
Roger Stone, an associate of Trump, says he won’t provide testimony or documents to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

CNN: No clarity on whether Whitaker sought ethics advice on potential conflicts in Russia probe
Trump’s interim pick to head the Justice Department has been on the job for four weeks, but Matthew Whitaker has been noticeably silent about how he is handling any potential conflicts of interest.

Politico: Schiff: Americans should have ‘no confidence’ in Whitaker’s control of Mueller probe
Rep. Adam Schiff, the incoming chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, on Thursday warned that Americans “can have no confidence” in any decision acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker makes regarding Mueller’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election.

The Washington Post: D.C., Maryland begin seeking Trump financial documents in case related to his D.C. hotel
The attorneys general for Maryland and the District of Columbia issued subpoenas for financial records and other documents from as many as 13 of Trump’s private entities Tuesday as part of an ongoing lawsuit alleging that his business violates the Constitution’s ban on gifts or payments from foreign governments.

USA Today: Adam Schiff: Trump is compromised. What else is he hiding and who else knows about it?
Now we know Trump, like Flynn, was compromised by the Russians. Was the Moscow deal their only financial leverage over the president, or is there more?

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