MSNBC's Nicolle Wallace discussed near the end of her Tuesday show a bombshell new story in The Washington Post with the newspaper's White House bureau chief, Phil Rucker, who had been her "Deadline: White House" guest for the hour.
"The special counsel investigation into President Trump’s longtime ally Roger Stone is pressing witnesses about Stone’s private interactions with senior campaign officials and whether he had knowledge of politically explosive Democratic emails that were released in October 2016, according to multiple people familiar with the probe," The Post reported.
"This seems to get at the heart of the collusion question," Wallace noted.
"On Friday, Mueller’s team questioned Stephen K. Bannon, Trump’s former chief campaign strategist, about alleged claims Stone made privately about WikiLeaks before the group released emails allegedly hacked by Russian operatives, according to people familiar with the session," The Post also reported.
Wallace said this, "seems to be the story that a lot of people were expecting that would confirm, Robert Mueller, who's already charged 13 Russians with a conspiracy to effect and impact the 2016 election, is simply looking for one more dot to connect the Trump campaign -- or Trump's associates -- would be that conspiracy," Wallace noted. "This would seem to be it -- the stolen emails and timing of their release and their knowledge of that."
"It shows how much Mueller is doing," Rucker noted. "We think he's gone dark because there have not been public announcements or big, splashy indictments this fall, but the special counsel's office is very much plugging along, building their case, and there could be some activity after the election."
"The collusion question is what Donald Trump denies every morning, seemingly randomly on Twitter," Wallace noted. "It's the caravan and Fox News and by the way, no collusion, folks.
"It is his obsession," she added.
"The president has different definitions of collusion and conspiracy than Robert Mueller does," Rucker noted, as the host laughed.