Grace Panetta, provided by Published 7:55 am PST, Tuesday, January 22, 2019 Since May 2017, special counsel Robert Mueller has been investigating Russian government interference in the 2016 election and possible coordination between the Trump campaign and Moscow. There are at least 101 known points of contact between people associated with the Trump campaign and Russian government-linked individuals or entities from November of 2015 all the way up to January of 2017. Here is the full timeline of all the Trump campaign and transition team's communications with Russia. So far, the special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russian election interference and possible coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia has indicted 34 people and three Russian companies, convicted one person in court, and flipped five cooperating witnesses — three of which are from the Trump campaign. As it currently stands, there are now more than 101 known points of … [Read more...] about Here are all the known contacts between the Trump campaign and Russian government-linked people or entities
Rudolph Giuliani, President Trump's lawyer, said in a CNN interview Wednesday night that he "never said there was no collusion" between associates of the Trump campaign and Russia ahead of the 2016 presidential election. "I never said there was no collusion between the campaign, or people in the campaign," Giuliani said. "I said the President of the United States -- there is not a single bit of evidence the president of the United States committed the only crime you can commit here -- conspiring with the Russians to hack the DNC," he told CNN's Chris Cuomo on "Cuomo Prime Time" Wednesday.Giuliani's comments would seem to conflict with dozens of tweets from the president in which he says there was "no collusion." It also conflicts with some of Giuliani's own previous tweets as well. The comments were part of a rambling back-and-forth by Giuliani in which he mixed his message on whether collusion was even a problem at all. "If the collusion happened, it happened a long time … [Read more...] about Giuliani: “I never said there was no collusion” between Trump campaign and Russia
NEW YORK — A news story making the rounds claims that members of President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign and transition team engaged in more than 100 contacts with “Russian-linked officials.” The compilation of alleged contacts, however, is a product of the George Soros-funded Center for American Progress, founded by John Podesta, who served as chairman of Trump opponent Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.The analysis uses questionable methods to claim contacts with “Russian-linked officials” and categorizes Wikileaks and its founder, Julian Assange, as Russia-linked operatives based on U.S. intelligence assessments despite a lack of conclusive evidence. USA Today led the charge with a headline claiming, “Trump’s team had over 100 contacts with Russian-linked officials, according to think tank analysis.” The newspaper reported the analysis was conducted by the Center for American Progress (CAP) and its Moscow Project, and … [Read more...] about Fact Check: Did the Trump Campaign Have 100+ Contacts with ‘Russian-Linked Officials’?
Two members of the Republican National Committee (RNC) have put forward proposals to offer early support to President Trump's 2020 re-election campaign. While no Republican has announced a primary challenge to Mr. Trump, Utah Sen. Mitt Romney's recent editorial criticizing the president appears to have sent fear through the GOP that Mr. Trump is losing his grip on the party. One proposal is by Jevon Williams, the national committeeman from the Virgin Islands. Williams sent an email last week to RNC members denouncing Romney's op-ed in The Washington Post that was criticial of Mr. Trump. Williams urged fellow elected RNC members Tuesday night to push for an "unprecedented" rule change to stifle any primary challenge, calling the Romney op-ed "calculated political treachery."But Jeff Kent, chairman of the RNC's Rules Committee, sent a subsequent email to members stating the RNC "is not amending any rules between now and the convention."Williams also urged RNC … [Read more...] about Competing RNC proposals offer early support to Trump campaign
2020 Elections 'The goal is to have the convention be an advertisement of who we are as a party,' says one top adviser, not 'a battle of the 15,000 people in the arena.' President Donald Trump is tightening his iron grip on the Republican Party, launching an elaborate effort to stamp out any vestiges of GOP opposition that might embarrass him at the 2020 Republican convention. The president’s reelection campaign is intent on avoiding the kind of circus that unfolded on the convention floor in 2016, when Never Trump Republicans loudly protested his nomination before a national TV audience. The effort comes as party elites like Utah Sen. Mitt Romney are openly questioning Trump’s fitness for the job, and it’s meant to to ensure that delegates to next year’s convention in Charlotte, N.C., are presidential loyalists — not anti-Trump activists looking to create a stir.Story Continued Below Shortly before the holidays, Trump political aides Bill Stepien and … [Read more...] about Trump campaign moves to stave off mayhem at 2020 convention