As Republican and hand-picked to handle the Mueller report Attorney General Bill Barr testifies Wednesday and Thursday (if he even shows up to the Democratic-led hearing on Thursday) about his mishandling of the Mueller report, including deceptive claims about its conclusions and lies to the Senate about his knowledge of Mueller’s thoughts on his misleading “summary”, remember that Barr claimed there was no evidence of collusion and not enough evidence for obstruction of justice.
And yet, the Trump team had a total of 251 contacts with Russia-linked operatives and at least 37 meetings, none of which were reported to the authorities, according to a new exhaustive report by the Moscow Project.
“36 of these contacts, including 3 meetings, were with individuals alleged to have links to Russian intelligence,” they pointed out.
The Moscow Project included Skype calls as meetings.
Additionally and exceptionally troubling is that 88 of those contacts, including 13 meetings, “were held after Trump received his first intelligence briefing as a presidential candidate on August 17, 2016, when he was specifically warned about Russian attempts to infiltrate his campaign.”
The Moscow Project has complied those meetings from various sources. 251 unreported contacts is not an accident. See the full list here or at the link above:
The Moscow Project is an initiative of the Center for American Progress Action Fund.
The redacted Mueller report detailed in “unflattering detail how President Donald Trump tried to impede the probe, raising questions about whether he committed the crime of obstruction of justice.”
“The conclusion that Congress may apply the obstruction laws to the President’s corrupt exercise of the powers of office accords with our constitutional system of checks and balances and the principle that no person is above the law,” the Mueller report stated.
The redacted Mueller report revealed “numerous links” between the Russian government and Trump’s campaign and wrote that Trump’s campaign “expected it would benefit electorally from information stolen and released through Russian efforts.”
Indeed, Ryan Goodman, an expert, studied Part I of the report and concluded that it actually identifies strong evidence of collusion between Trump and Russians.
This is the truth that Barr lied to cover up, and today’s Republican led-hearing will no doubt barely touch on this national security emergency. If it goes like any of their other hearings on this matter, they will pivot to preening outrage over leakers and call for an investigation into the investigators instead of allowing the public to realize that their president is very clearly compromised at the very least, and is not a legitimately elected president.
To admit that Donald Trump got into office by accepting help from a hostile foreign power, which he did, and was actively involved over numerous contacts with that power, would be to admit that also there are down-ticket elections of Republicans that were assisted by Putin.
That is to say, there are Republicans in the Senate and House who might not be there were it not for Russia’s help of Donald Trump. So naturally they aren’t interested in pulling the curtain back on the little man behind the ridiculous, clearly unfit person occupying the White House.
The Republican-led cover-up has permeated the entire party, turning a once patriotic party that stood for national security into the biggest national security threat facing this nation.
Ms. Jones is the co-founder/ editor-in-chief of PoliticusUSA and a member of the White House press pool.
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