Angry Robot

Sorry. Trump’s Attacks Aren’t Remotely Like Clinton and Starr

Josh Marshall:

It is very hard to come up with any plausible interpretation of these actions other than that the President is concealing grave wrongdoing which he will not allow to be uncovered. We are far, far past the point where ego, impetuousness, inexperience or anything else is a credible alternative explanation.

Trump Aides, Seeking Leverage, Investigate Mueller’s Investigators

It’s becoming clear that Trump will get rid of Mueller.

We Are Living in the Coen Brothers’ Darkest Comedy

Burn After Reading

Trump Jr.’s Russia meeting sure sounds like a Russian intelligence operation

Russian-American Lobbyist In Trump Jr. Meeting: Lawyer Brought Documents

Previously identified as a former Russian counter-intelligence officer. Not sure his account is credible, but it would seem to be very important to know who else is at this meeting, and to see these documents.

Trump’s Russian Laundromat

Comprehensive look at Trump’s Russian mob links going back to the 80s.

Without the Russian mafia, it is fair to say, Donald Trump would not be president of the United States.

Investigators look for links between Trump, Russia cyber operations

Good. To me this is the juiciest part of the story (see: Cambridge Analytica)

Donald Trump Jr. Tweets out Evidence of Collusion with Russia

Complete insanity. So what is the argument to defend these clowns now: collusion is no big deal?

Further reading here.

Trump’s Son Met With Russian Lawyer After Being Promised Damaging Information on Clinton

Russia-born dealmaker linked to Trump assists laundering probe

Felix Sater be snitchin’ (in a probe of Kazakh money laundering, not specifically on Trump, but still)

Obama’s secret struggle to retaliate against Putin’s election interference

Epic, frustrating reporting on the Obama Administration’s failure to deal with Russian election interference

Trump, Russia, and Those Shadowy Sater Deals at Bayrock

Fairly juicy longread about Felix Sater, the Trump associate with ties to Russia, the mob and the FBI.

[An ex-Bayrock employee] says that it was Arif and Sater who pitched the future president on the idea of launching an international chain of Trump-branded, mixed-use hotels and condominiums. And Bayrock got to Trump at a time when his “brand” could help get a little extra attention for a condo project, but didn’t amount to much more than that.

A Very, Very Dangerous Situation

What would happen if Trump fires Mueller & Rosenstein

Special counsel Robert Mueller is investigating Donald Trump for possible obstruction of justice, officials say

Trump had received private assurances from then-FBI Director James B. Comey starting in January that he was not personally under investigation. Officials say that changed shortly after Comey’s firing.

Hahahahahaha

Russian Cyber Hacks on U.S. Electoral System Far Wider Than Previously Known

Hmmm.

In Illinois, investigators found evidence that cyber intruders tried to delete or alter voter data. The hackers accessed software designed to be used by poll workers on Election Day, and in at least one state accessed a campaign finance database. Details of the wave of attacks, in the summer and fall of 2016, were provided by three people with direct knowledge of the U.S. investigation into the matter. In all, the Russian hackers hit systems in a total of 39 states, one of them said.

Nope. Comey’s Assurance To Trump Was Far From a Clean Bill of Health

Comey lays out the case that Trump obstructed justice

Legal analysts said Comey’s testimony clarified and bolstered the case that the president obstructed justice — adding rich new color about the former FBI director’s interactions with the president.

Top-Secret NSA Report Details Russian Hacking Effort Days Before 2016 Election

The report raises the possibility that Russian hacking may have breached at least some elements of the voting system, with disconcertingly uncertain results.

Rebecca Solnit: The Loneliness of Donald Trump

Trump ‘gaining weight’ and ‘emotionally withdrawing’ as Russia probe swamps White House: report

Poor snowflake.

Commenting on the White House’s less-than-strategic handling of all matters Russia, another ally remarked, “These guys don’t play chess. They play checkers.”

Sources: Russians discussed ‘derogatory’ information about Trump and associates during campaign 

“according to two former intelligence officials and a congressional source”. Does sound like the NSA is up to something here, as this is from signals intelligence.

Russian ambassador told Moscow that Kushner wanted secret communications channel with Kremlin

That’s nuts. See Josh Marshall’s post as well.

Exclusive: NSA Chief Admits Donald Trump Colluded With Russia

the NSA apparently has the dirt, as mentioned in a town hall with NSA agents worldwide:

a series of SIGINT reports from 2016 based on intercepts of communications between known Russian intelligence officials and key members of Trump’s campaign, in which they discussed methods of damaging Hillary Clinton.

Get ready for the ‘impeachment election’

The real collision point ahead is the 2018 midterm election. This will be the “impeachment election,” and it may be as bitterly contested as any in decades. Trump seems unlikely to take Nixon’s course of resigning before the House votes on impeachment. He’ll fight all the way — a combative president trying to save his mandate from what he has described as a “witch hunt.” This appeal would resonate with a populist base that already feels disenfranchised by jurists and journalists.

This rings true and it is a scary thought. As the article concludes, “if recent history teaches anything, it’s unfortunately this harsh fact: In the battle for America’s soul, Trump could win.” Especially with some help from abroad.