It seems like every day, either Special Counsel Robert Mueller or one of the many congressional committees investigating popular vote loser Donald Trump have met with and/or talked to someone close to Trump or his campaign, slowly gathering evidence of their alleged Russian collusion.
What you may not realize, however, is that Mueller may already have the information he wants from an unlikely source who has sold out Trump and his circle: The Russians themselves.
Donald Trump Jr.’s infamous meeting with Russian government representatives (where he sought to gather dirt on Hillary Clinton) has been a focus on Mueller’s, as has Donald Trump’s blatant attempt at covering up the real reason for the meeting.
Paul Manafort, and may other who attended the meeting, are still refusing to cooperate with the investigation. However, there is one unlikely source who is now handing Mueller extremely valuable information…the very Russians who attended the meeting.
This is very significant, because there is absolutely no reason for them to cooperate and they have no obligation to do so, so their cooperation with Mueller is happening only because they want to.
Some of the Russians at the meeting have now met with congressional investigators, according to a CNN report (link). Although details about Robert Mueller’s investigation rarely leak out, this means that these same Russians have almost certainly spoken with Mueller as well. They’re not U.S. citizens and they don’t reside in the United States, so U.S. investigators have little if any legal leverage over them – yet they’ve decided to cooperate anyway. Considering that the Russians in question all have relationships with Vladimir Putin, they wouldn’t be cooperating unless he wanted them to.
It’s still not clear precisely what information the Russians have given to Congress and Mueller. But the Russians are well aware that the investigators are trying to use the details of this meeting to nail Donald Trump Jr for collusion and to nail Donald Trump for obstruction of justice. By voluntarily providing any level of cooperation, the Russians have sold out them both.
So, remember when we all hated James Comey for hurting the Clinton campaign and thereby getting Trump elected, but then when he was investigating Trump and could possibly bring him down, we loved him?
Yeah, kinda like that. Russia was also “the bad guy” here. But now, if they’ve sold out Trump, I’ll drink to that.