Here’s the status report that House Intel Democrats released tonight on the Russia probe.
One note: “Candidate Trump’s private business was actively negotiating a business deal in Moscow with a sanctioned Russian bank during the election period.”
And, Republicans don’t think that requires more inquiry on the part of Congress?
Maybe they are trying to influence Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe by dropping their investigation, or, are trying to get the public on their side before a major mid-term election. If Trump gets unfavorable press, so will Republicans as a whole. There are certainly party interests on the line here.
Democrats released the information on President Trump in a 21-page document.
One business associate of President Trump even stated that the deal with the Trump organization would help him win the presidency.
Per the Times:
The associate, Felix Sater, wrote a series of emails to Mr. Trump’s lawyer, Michael Cohen, in which he boasted about his ties to Mr. Putin. He predicted that building a Trump Tower in Moscow would highlight Mr. Trump’s savvy negotiating skills and be a political boon to his candidacy.
“Our boy can become president of the USA and we can engineer it,” Mr. Sater wrote in an email. “I will get all of Putins team to buy in on this, I will manage this process.”
Please read the above email Trump’s associate sent to Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen. It’s eye-opening.
Even though Democrats don’t currently have a majority in Congress, the good news is that they can reopen the investigation if they win in the midterm elections this year, and Mueller’s probe is still largely unaffected.
In the meantime, don’t fall into the Republican trap that there was no Russia collusion.
Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee say there is “significant evidence” of collusion between Trump’s campaign and Russia. That’s a direct quote from the leading Democrat on the panel, California Rep. Adam Schiff.
The GOP report “misleadingly characterizes events, and paints a portrait and tells a story that could not have been better written if it was written in the White House itself,” Schiff said.