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THREAD: #WhatMattered - What changed our understanding of the Russia Investigation over the past week? - 9/17/17 to 9/24/17
1/ A week ago, I wrote this piece for @POLITICOMag that synthesized everything we knew about what Mueller was doing: politico.com/magazine/story…
2/ Since then, I've been asked by many people to update the piece. I plan to do a #WhatMattered analysis every week if possible.
3/ This week's most important news, in my view, was the incriminating Manafort emails, which I discussed here:
4/ Until then, we knew that Manafort was being investigated for crimes like false disclosures. But the emails suggested there was explosive
5/ evidence that Manafort attempted to sell special access to a Russian billionaire. That could make it more difficult for Trump to pardon
6/ Manafort or for Manafort to take the case to trial. A day later, Trump lawyer Ty Cobb distanced Trump from him:
7/ VP Pence also was careful to distance himself from the Manafort revelation:
8/ This could give Manafort an incentive to "flip" at some point. That brings us to the second most important piece of news, which is the
9/ confirmation by @nytimes that Manafort will be charged by Mueller, discussed in this thread:
10/ While it has been apparent for some time that Manafort had serious criminal jeopardy, the @nytimes reported that Manafort was told by
11/ Mueller that he will be charged and detailed efforts to pressure him to "flip." That told us for the first time that we can be confident
12/ that Mueller will charge someone. The next revelation was this piece about clashes within the Trump legal team:
13/ This was the story that discussed Ty Cobb's comments that White House Counsel Don McGahn had documents locked in a safe that Cobb
14/ couldn't access. Perhaps the Stephen Miller letter on the Comey firing, with McGahn's edits and comments? The piece was important
15/ because it showed how deep the divisions within the Trump team were, with staffers worried about their colleagues wiring up for Mueller.
16/ Federal prosecutors want the subjects of their investigation to be fractured and distrustful of each other. That makes them more likely
17/ to point the finger at each other or "flip" on each other. The next most important thing we learned this week was the statement of
18/ former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen, which I dissected here:
19/ Cohen's careful denials (and what he didn't deny) give you an insight into what he could know. His statement bought him public testimony
20/ because he broke an agreement with the Congressional committee by doing so. Speaking of Congressional committees, another important
21/ revelation was buried in the @nytimes story discussed here--namely that Mueller is racing against Congress:
22/ While we'd like full cooperation between Mueller and Congress, it appears that there will be partisan clashes, particularly given
23/ Congressman Quigley's stunning comments during my interview of him this week, which I discussed here:
24/ Although I still expect Mueller's investigation to last for many months, it has been moving very rapidly for an investigation of this
25/ type and now we know why. Last but not least, we have the revelation that former WH Press Secretary kept detailed notebooks of his
26/ recollections, which should make him a key witness for Mueller even if he didn't want to be one:
27/ What didn't make the cut this week? First, Mueller's document requests to the White House, which largely confirmed what we already knew,
28/ including that Mueller was investigating the President for obstruction related to Comey's firing. Second, news that Manafort was
29/ wiretapped via a FISA (foreign intel) warrant. I don't expect Mueller to rely on that evidence in a criminal trial, for reasons I
30/ explained in this thread. It is mostly useful for giving Mueller leads he can use to gather more evidence. /end
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