The question begging to be asked is why Trump is making such great effort to impede the investigation about Russia messing with our election.
He's been firing investigators, FBI officials, prosecutors; subverting the House Intelligence Committee when Republicans were in charge; he's been threatening witnesses and judges on Twitter; and he and his cohorts have been lying about their extensive contacts with Russian officials and intelligence agents before and after the election. Numerous people close to Trump have been indicted or admitted guilt to crimes.
But this isn't just a white collar crime where strict rules of admissible evidence are needed. This is also a counterespionage investigation where numerous indications point to Russian meddling. The FBI and all the other intelligence agencies would be negligent if they didn't follow every lead no matter what Donald and FOX News pundits thought.
From the Gov:
Thanks for writing, JohnnyE. But I have to tell you, no one is saying that Russians did not try to interfere in our election (they always have and always will) or that we shouldn’t find out what they were doing. The problem is that the counterintelligence investigation opened by the FBI, which included a fraudulently-obtained warrant to surveil a member of Trump’s campaign, was based almost entirely on material created by an oppo research company, Fusion GPS, for his opponent’s campaign. The FBI ran with it and essentially accused an American citizen, Carter Page, of being a Russian agent. That’s not “following every lead,” that’s creating one.
If the primary intention of the FBI was to get to the bottom of Russian “meddling,” and they genuinely thought Russia was infiltrating Trump’s campaign, the thing to do would have been to go to the campaign, warn them, and work with them to catch the spies. But they didn’t. Wow, did they handle it wrong. And there is a great deal of evidence suggesting that they hated Trump and were really after HIM. If that’s true, we have as much to fear from our own federal bureaucracy as we have from Russia, maybe more.
They also failed to look into Bill and Hillary’s big-time Russian connections, which would normally raise eyebrows. Mueller’s investigation did not cover this territory, either.
It seems to me that Trump has done an admirable job of leaving the investigation alone. Robert Mueller has gone about his business unimpeded. Trump fired Comey (gosh, we’ve been all through this so many times) for good reason; people on both sides of the aisle wanted him gone. He finally –- finally –- accepted Jeff Sessions’ resignation, but with his “Russia” recusal Sessions was never a fully-functioning AG. Other firings were done internally, not by Trump, and those people needed to go. Rod Rosenstein is only now leaving, even with his serious conflicts of interest all this time. As for the tweets, we all wish Trump wouldn’t tweet, but that’s just him venting; he’s not DOING anything to stop Mueller.
Michael Cohen certainly lied about the timing of his discussions with Russia; maybe in the hearings this week he’ll address why he did that, as there was nothing illegal about the discussions themselves. I have a feeling that, being Michael Cohen, he just lies reflexively. Other indictments of “cohorts” had nothing to do with Russia; they were for process crimes or other illegalities unrelated to any conspiracy between Trump and Moscow.
Hope this clears a few things up for you. Mueller will be done with his investigation soon, though you’ll still get to enjoy never-ending investigations from House Democrats. For the sake of your health, I recommend cutting down on CNN and MSNBC.