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The Russia investigation ramps up

05 August 2017

"Are there any Russians here?"

Late-night hosts on Thursday discussed another damning news cycle for the Trump administration, including the Wall Street Journal report that special counsel Robert Mueller has impaneled a grand jury in the ongoing Russian Federation investigation and the release of leaked transcripts from the president's phone calls with the Mexican president and Australian prime minister. "In short order, probably people who are in the administration or former members of the administration or former members of the campaign will be getting subpoenas to testify and provide documents", he said.

"I think that's a misjudging of why we have a bad problem with Russian Federation". It's just an excuse for the greatest loss in the history of American politics.

The move signals that Mueller's probe is ramping up as he takes a more aggressive approach to gathering information on possible collusion between the Kremlin and Trump's campaign team.

Mueller has the authority to investigate any matters that "arose or may arise directly from the investigation", according to Rosenstein's order appointing Mueller as special counsel.

"Trump is probably excited because he thinks a grand jury is just a fancier jury", Meyers joked, before launching into his impersonation of the president. The move is often simply a tool to allow a prosecutor to subpoena evidence or testimony. The probe has been expanded to include Trump's dismissal of former FBI Director James Comey and the finances of Trump's family and current former associates. "This suggests that the investigation is bigger and wider than Flynn, perhaps substantially so".

Moscow has denied any effort to influence the election, and Trump has disputed any allegations of collusion between his associates and Russian Federation.

First, "they." Trump is ostensibly referring to Democrats here. In the United States, they are normally made up of about 16 to 23 members of the public rather than the usual 12, hence "grand" jury. "I just hope that if the police ever do arrest him they protect his head when they put him in the auto". He argued that "what the prosecutors should be looking at are Hillary Clinton's 33,000 deleted emails". But in an unusually nuanced approach, he attacked Democrats rather than taking on Mueller head on.

Logically, the argument doesn't make much sense.

The line might have been a crowd-pleaser among West Virginia Trump supporters.

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Police homicide detective also charges Fox with racial discrimination saying he has been denied air time and full-time employment. He added, "As Ed himself has noted, he has never met the president and the White House had nothing to do with his story".

It may be significant, that while his remarks about the Russian Federation probe on Thursday night were scathing and scornful, they did not specifically focus on Mueller himself.

Through any conventional lens, this is a awful strategy that leaves Trump open to political and legal peril. As did Trump's new right hand man. It got him to the White House.

Noticeably missing from that response was any possibility the leak was fake, and noticeably present was Conway's presentation of the grand jury as a fact. The White House favors anything that accelerates the conclusion of his work fairly. "As we've said in the past, we're committed to cooperating fully with Mr. Mueller".

Trump is fighting with his back to the wall and has claimed the investigation and allegations of a Russian connection between his team and Russia is a "witch hunt".

"'They're going to say, 'Who's going to pay for the wall, Mr President?"

"It is the end of the beginning", said CNN's Senior Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin on CNN's "Erin Burnett Out Front".

But equally, it was clearly a significant step. "There's a concern that he frankly may have a conflict of interest", said Josh Earnest Former Obama White House Press Secretary.

The White House and congressional Republicans are also promising action early this fall to change the loophole-choked tax code and lower rates for both corporations and individuals. Nevertheless, I believe it is secondary - decidedly so - in this case.

"Try winning at the voter booth".

The Russia investigation ramps up