Fear That Trump Will Fire Special Counsel in Russia Probe

President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence of the United States walk together on the White House grounds in Washington DC, May 11
President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence of the United States walk together on the White House grounds in Washington DC, May 11 (White House/Benjamin Applebaum)

President Donald Trump and his supporters are looking for ways to disparage Robert Mueller, the former FBI director who is investigating Russia’s attack on America’s 2016 election.

The New York Times reports that Trump’s political aides and legal counsel are hoping to find a conflict of interest they could use to discredit Mueller’s investigation — or even build a case to fire him. Read more

What’s Next in the Trump-Russia Scandal

American president Donald Trump makes an appearance at the Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Maryland, February 24
American president Donald Trump makes an appearance at the Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Maryland, February 24 (Michael Vadon)

We have entered a new phase in the Trump-Russia scandal.

Not only did the president’s oldest son, Donald Trump Jr., met with a Kremlin-friendly lawyer last summer hoping to learn damaging information about Hillary Clinton; he did not seem at all surprised when a Russian contact told him Moscow was supporting his father.

This is the clearest evidence yet of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

Which, despite what Trump’s apologists in the conservative media are saying, would be a crime.

But that doesn’t mean Trump is about to lose his job. Read more

Republicans Think Democrats Are Worse Than Russia

Radio and television host Sean Hannity speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Maryland, February 27, 2015
Radio and television host Sean Hannity speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Maryland, February 27, 2015 (Gage Skidmore)

How can Republicans still support Donald Trump despite there now being proof of collusion between his 2016 presidential campaign and Russia?

Several users on Twitter have suggested that the right-wing media would have gone berserk if this story was about Hillary Clinton. I think they’re right. Instead of giving Donald Trump Jr. a softball interview, Sean Hannity would be screaming bloody murder.

We know, because that’s what he did during the phony Clinton email scandal.

And perhaps that’s part of the answer: To some on the American right, Democrats are such a threat that it justifies collaboration with a foreign power. Read more

Trump’s Son Joins List of Officials Who Lied About Russia Contacts

Donald Trump Jr. speaks at a campaign event for his father in Tempe, Arizona, October 27, 2016
Donald Trump Jr. speaks at a campaign event for his father in Tempe, Arizona, October 27, 2016 (Gage Skidmore)

It’s hard to find anyone in Donald Trump’s orbit who didn’t meet and speak with Russian officials at some point.

And they all lied about it.

The latest addition to the list is the president’s oldest son, Donald Trump Jr.

The New York Times reports that in the summer of 2016, the young Trump met with a Kremlin-friendly lawyer in New York, hoping to get compromising information about Hillary Clinton.

Paul Manafort, the then-Trump campaign chairman, and Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law and close advisor, both attended the meeting.

Junior first denied the meeting happened. Then he admitted it did, but claimed it had nothing to do with politics. Only then did he admit it was campaign-related after all, but there was nothing wrong with it because the lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya, didn’t have any dirt on Clinton. Read more

If Trump Is Innocent in Russia Scandal, Why Does He Act Guilty?

NATO secretary general Jens Stoltenberg and American president Donald Trump answer questions from reporters at the White House in Washington DC, April 12
NATO secretary general Jens Stoltenberg and American president Donald Trump answer questions from reporters at the White House in Washington DC, April 12 (NATO)

I’d like to recommend two articles on the Trump-Russia scandal. Read more

Trump Investigated for Obstructing Justice, Financial Crimes

American president Donald Trump visits Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia, on Memorial Day, May 29
American president Donald Trump visits Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia, on Memorial Day, May 29 (US Army/Elizabeth Fraser)

The Washington Post reports that President Donald Trump is under investigation for potentially obstructing justice when he fired the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, James Comey, in May.

The newspaper describes this as a “major turning point” in the legal offensive against the American president, who also faces questions about his team’s ties to Russia. Read more

Trump Administration Looked to Unilaterally Lift Russia Sanctions

American president Donald Trump is seen in Washington DC, January 20
American president Donald Trump is seen in Washington DC, January 20 (DoD/Marianique Santos)

Is this it?

Last time we checked in with the Russia-Trump scandal, I wondered why the president’s team was so desperate for a back channel with Moscow.

A possible answer comes from Michael Isikoff, who reports for Yahoo News that one of the first things Donald Trump’s people did when they came to power in January was ask the State Department for proposals to normalize relations with Russia, including lifting economic sanctions and returning diplomatic compounds which had been seized by the Obama Administration in retaliation for Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election. Read more