Mueller finally spoke! My thoughts on this are contained in three sections: what he said; unanswered questions; and thoughts on Muller.
I’m publishing this way later than I wanted. At least I have read the entire report.
All of the dirty tricks and breaks from tradition being perpetrated by the GOP to make sure Brett Kavanaugh is confirmed are happening for one reason: Republicans are aware they are likely to lose the House in November. In 2020, they are likely to lose the Senate and the presidency. The only way they can continue running America is to make sure the judicial branch is staunchly conservative. That way, judges can rule efforts to make the country more progressive and tolerant unconstitutional.
The verdict for this episode is: Trump should be removed from office, but won’t.
The Guardian’s Luke Harding has written an incredibly detailed, informative book about Russia’s involvement with Trump, the Trump campaign, and the 2016 election. In Collusion Dirty Money, Secret Meetings, And How Russia Helped Trump Win Harding describes Trump’s 30-year relationship with Russia. Even for someone, like me, who has followed the Russia investigation passionately, Harding’s work is truly worth the time.
The verdict for this episode is: Flynn’s guilty plea proves the so-called fake news is right a lot of the time.
George Papadopoulos, a national security adviser to the Trump campaign, has pled guilty to making false statements to the FBI under 18 U.S. Code Section 1001. The below details come from the statement of the offense (a statement of the facts that Papadopoulos has confirmed. The things reported in the statement of the offense aren’t the entire list of facts that Papadopoulos has shared with prosecutors; instead, they are a list of facts the prosecution deems sufficient to show guilt. Let’s begin with what Papadopoulos and the prosecution say actually happened.