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What We Learned in the Trump-Russia Investigation: Week of Dec 3 – 9, 2017

Papadopoulos’ fiancée counters claim he was just a ‘coffee boy’, saying that he had direct contact with both Flynn and Bannon. Plus, she says there’s proof. source

Mueller has obtained financial records of Trump “affiliates” from Deutsche Bank. Jared Kushner happens to also be a client of Deutsche Bank… source

WH lawyer told Trump that Flynn misled FBI and Pence BEFORE Trump told Comey to drop his investigation of Flynn. This proves obstruction of justice. source

At Trump’s inauguration, Flynn texted a business partner saying that Russian sanctions would be “ripped up” to allow the nuclear power plant deal w/ Russia in Saudi Arabia. source

McFarland, Trump’s National Security Adviser during the transition, sent emails indicating she knew of Flynn’s contact with Kisylak, the Russian ambassador. This contradicts her congressional testimony, in which she stated she was unaware of Flynn’s Russian contacts. source

Trump, Trump Jr., & Trump campaign received an email in September 2016 offering a decryption key and website address for hacked DNC documents held by Wikileaks. source. That very same day they received the key, Trump Jr. tweeted the following: “WIKILEAKS: Hillary Clinton Sent THOUSANDS of Classified Cables Marked “(C)” for Confidential” link

A 2016 RNC Delegate, scheduled to testify to Senate & House, says that Trump directed the party platform to soften stance on Russia’s fighting in Ukraine. source

Trump Jr. says he communicated first with Hope Hicks, not his father, about Trump Tower response. This is important because the initial response was demonstrably false, and the person who dictated/wrote it could be seen as obstructing justice. source

F.B.I. warned Hope Hicks in early 2017 about emails from Russian operatives. Mueller interviewed her at length on December 7th and 8th. source

House Republicans are drafting a contempt of Congress resolution against Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray, claiming the FBI is not giving them requested info that would prove Mueller is politically biased. source

  • Nunes is being particularly aggressive, because as you might remember, he has connections to Flynn. Flynn cooperating could mean Nunes is in trouble. example
  • Also in Nunes news, the House “Ethics” Committee cleared him of any wrongdoing when he shared classified info. He is now free to formally rejoin the Russia probe. source

Mueller argued in court that Manafort’s bail should be revoked due to the fact that he recently tried to pen positive op-ed on Ukraine work with colleague from Russia, hoping it would influence public opinion. source

  • Ultimately, however, the judge did not follow Mueller’s recommendation. source

Pence told the RNC he could replace Trump on ticket after ‘Access Hollywood’ tape came out, with Condoleezza Rice as his running mate. source

Trump Jr. testified before the House Intelligence Committee for 8 hours on Dec 13th, and members say he was non-responsive and “has a very serious case of amnesia.” source