Trump responds to special counsel’s grand jury by ranting about Russia to West Virginia crowd

Special counsel Robert Mueller has impaneled a grand jury and is issuing subpoenas in his investigation into the Trump campaign’s Russia ties, so naturally Donald Trump went full demagogue about Russia in his West Virginia campaign-style rally Thursday night.

“We didn’t win because of Russia — we won because of you, that I can tell you,” Trump said, continuing the riff. “Have you seen any Russians in West Virginia or Ohio or Pennsylvania? Are there any Russians here tonight? They can’t beat us at the voting booths, so they’re trying to cheat you out of the future and the future that you want. They’re trying to cheat you out of the leadership that you want with a fake story that is demeaning to all of us, and most importantly demeaning to our country and demeaning to our Constitution.”

You know what’s demeaning to all of us and demeaning to our

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Grand jury issues subpoenas for Trump campaign members as Mueller investigates financial crimes

While other Trump disasters and mistakes may have taken top spots in the news over the last two weeks, Special Counsel Robert Mueller was not distracted. 

Special Counsel Robert Mueller has impaneled a grand jury in Washington to investigate Russia’s interference in the 2016 elections, a sign that his inquiry is growing in intensity and entering a new phase, according to people familiar with the matter.

And that jury is operating very quickly.

Grand jury subpoenas have been issued in connection with the June 2016 meeting between Donald Trump Jr., a Russian lawyer and others, two sources familiar with the matter told Reuters on Thursday.

In addition to investigating the Trump campaign’s clear collusion with Russian operatives seeking to repeal the sanctions imposed by the Magnitsky Act, there’s another area of focus by Mueller’s team.

Federal investigators exploring whether Donald Trump’s campaign colluded with Russian spies have seized

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Grand jury issues subpoenas for Trump campaign members as Mueller investigates financial crimes

While other Trump disasters and mistakes may have taken top spots in the news over the last two weeks, Special Counsel Robert Mueller was not distracted. 

Special Counsel Robert Mueller has impaneled a grand jury in Washington to investigate Russia’s interference in the 2016 elections, a sign that his inquiry is growing in intensity and entering a new phase, according to people familiar with the matter.

And that jury is operating very quickly.

Grand jury subpoenas have been issued in connection with the June 2016 meeting between Donald Trump Jr., a Russian lawyer and others, two sources familiar with the matter told Reuters on Thursday.

In addition to investigating the Trump campaign’s clear collusion with Russian operatives seeking to repeal the sanctions imposed by the Magnitsky Act, there’s another area of focus by Mueller’s team.

Federal investigators exploring whether Donald Trump’s campaign colluded with Russian spies have seized

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House judiciary chair: ‘Redundant’ to investigate Trump-Russia, but Clinton is always fair game

The chair of the House Judiciary Committee sees no reason to investigate Donald Trump’s firing of James Comey or his abuse of Attorney General Jeff Sessions. According to Republican Rep. Bob Goodlatte, it’s much more important for the committee to investigate Hillary Clinton. Goodlatte’s logic for what he’s not doing is … special, when you hold it up against what he is doing:

“Until Mr. Mueller’s investigation is complete, it is redundant for the House of Representatives to engage in fact-gathering on many of the same issues he is investigating,” Goodlatte said at a hearing last week.

Given all the probes, he said there’s no reason for his panel to use “taxpayer dollars to investigate the Trump campaign’s connections — or lack thereof — to the Russian government.”

So: it would be redundant and a waste of taxpayer dollars to investigate stuff that’s happening now and being done by an

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House judiciary chair: ‘Redundant’ to investigate Trump-Russia, but Clinton is always fair game

The chair of the House Judiciary Committee sees no reason to investigate Donald Trump’s firing of James Comey or his abuse of Attorney General Jeff Sessions. According to Republican Rep. Bob Goodlatte, it’s much more important for the committee to investigate Hillary Clinton. Goodlatte’s logic for what he’s not doing is … special, when you hold it up against what he is doing:

“Until Mr. Mueller’s investigation is complete, it is redundant for the House of Representatives to engage in fact-gathering on many of the same issues he is investigating,” Goodlatte said at a hearing last week.

Given all the probes, he said there’s no reason for his panel to use “taxpayer dollars to investigate the Trump campaign’s connections — or lack thereof — to the Russian government.”

So: it would be redundant and a waste of taxpayer dollars to investigate stuff that’s happening now and being done by an

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House judiciary chair: ‘Redundant’ to investigate Trump-Russia, but Clinton is always fair game

The chair of the House Judiciary Committee sees no reason to investigate Donald Trump’s firing of James Comey or his abuse of Attorney General Jeff Sessions. According to Republican Rep. Bob Goodlatte, it’s much more important for the committee to investigate Hillary Clinton. Goodlatte’s logic for what he’s not doing is … special, when you hold it up against what he is doing:

“Until Mr. Mueller’s investigation is complete, it is redundant for the House of Representatives to engage in fact-gathering on many of the same issues he is investigating,” Goodlatte said at a hearing last week.

Given all the probes, he said there’s no reason for his panel to use “taxpayer dollars to investigate the Trump campaign’s connections — or lack thereof — to the Russian government.”

So: it would be redundant and a waste of taxpayer dollars to investigate stuff that’s happening now and being done by an

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WH press secretary says Trump ‘weighed in’ on misleading response to Don Jr.’s Russia meeting

In direct contradiction with Donald Trump’s own lawyer, Donald Trump’s White House press secretary said Tuesday that Trump “weighed in” on the original statement released in response to a New York Times story about Don Jr., Jared Kushner, and Paul Manafort meeting with a Kremlin-linked Russian lawyer during the campaign.

“The president weighed in as any father would based on the limited information that he had,” Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in response to reporting that Trump personally dictated the misleading statement. “This is all discussion of no consequence,” she added.

The response to the question, which could have simply been referred to outside counsel (i.e. Trump’s lawyers), runs in direct conflict with the claims of Trump lawyer Jay Sekulow. In interviews with multiple outlets last month, Sekulow called reporting that Trump had been involved in crafting Don Jr.’s response incorrect. Here he is on Meet The Press

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