Okay so this isn’t impeachment talk, but it is laying the foundation for a vigorous prosecution.
Trump-Russia inquiry: what you missed in a week dominated by Harvey
Though headlines focused on Texas, it was another dramatic week for the investigation, with a focus on Paul Manafort and a lesser-known Trump associate
Pressure on Manafort
The team of prosecutors working under the special counsel Robert Mueller is cooperating with New York’s attorney general, Eric Schneiderman,
to investigate the former Trump campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, and his business dealings, Politico reported.
Mueller is investigating whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to sway the election in his favor.
Robert Mueller and NY attorney general working on Manafort investigation –
Schneiderman’s presence – as a state attorney general – is potentially significant because the president’s power to issue a pardon applies only to federal crimes,
not state convictions (hypothetical, in this case). ...
Trump sought Moscow tower deal
Early in the presidential campaign, Trump signed a non-binding letter of intent to build a tower in Moscow, his lawyer, Michael Cohen,
confirmed in a statement to ABC News. This despite Trump’s claiming during the campaign that he “knows nothing about Russia”, has “no loans” and “no deals” there.
In the absence of his tax returns, which the president refuses to publish, the truth of Trump’s holdings is unknown.
Cohen said: “The Trump Moscow proposal was simply one of many development opportunities that the Trump Organization considered and ultimately rejected.”
It separately emerged, however, that Cohen had written an email asking for help with the deal to a top Vladimir Putin aide in January 2016,
in a previously undisclosed example of direct contact between the Trump Organization (Cohen was vice-president at the time) and Moscow during the US presidential campaign. ...
Trump associate’s email: ‘I will get Putin on this program and we will get Donald elected’
A former broker for the Trump organization, Felix Sater, who also helped to develop Trump’s SoHo hotel tower in Manhattan, wrote an email to Cohen related to the same Moscow tower deal on 3 November 2015, obtained by the New York Times, that read in part:
Felix Sater: the enigmatic businessman at the heart of the Trump-Russia inquiry
Michael I arranged for Ivanka to sit in Putin’s private chair at his desk and office in the Kremlin. I will get Putin on this program and we will get Donald elected.
We both know no one else knows how to pull this off without stupidity or greed getting in the way. I know how to play it and we will get this done.
Buddy our boy can become President of the USA and we can engineer it. I will get all of Putins team to buy in on this, I will manage this process.
Cohen denies collusion
Grand jury interviews Trump Tower meeting figure
Trump contacts judiciary chairman after news that son will meet committee
Trump called senator Chuck Grassley, the chairman of the judiciary committee, a day after reports that Donald Trump Jr would meet with the committee behind closed doors to talk about Russia. ...
Trump lawyers met Mueller team to deny obstruction of justice
Lawyers for the president have met multiple times with the special counsel and delivered memos defending their client, the Wall Street Journal reported. One memo reportedly argues that Trump did not obstruct justice when he fired FBI director James Comey because he has an inherent power under the constitution to hire and fire at will. A second memo was described by the Journal’s sources as arguing that Comey is not a reliable witness to the special counsel investigation, “calling him prone to exaggeration, unreliable in congressional testimony and the source of leaks to the news media”.
More to come.