One of the most crucial elements that could tie President Donald Trump to a Russian conspiracy to interfere in the 2016 election is the phone call his son received from a blocked number around one key event.
House Democrats have already said they intend to subpoena phone records from the president’s son to determine who he spoke with around the infamous June 9, 2016, campaign meeting with a Russian attorney at Trump Tower — but MSNBC Daniel Goldman said the secret might already be out.
“I bet Bob Mueller already knows because you can get the phone records from both sides,” said Goldman, a former Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. “Well, he at least knows whether it’s the president or not, because you can get the number on Trump’s side, the president’s side, and you can see if there’s the call that matches up, and those phone records would have been subpoenaed early on in the investigation.”
If investigators can determine that Trump Jr. spoke to his father immediately before or after that meeting, it could put both men in legal jeopardy.
“One, Don Jr. lied to Congress, so there’s perjury right there, and, two, is that really for the first time it would place the president right in the middle of the ongoing collusion,” Goldman said. “We know certainly he learned about it after, at some point, but there has been no reporting that I’m aware of that he was aware of these efforts by — to get information from Russia that would be valuable to the campaign.”
Hours after that meeting, Trump attended a luncheon with his then-campaign manager Paul Manafort, who was at the meeting and later pleaded guilty as part of the Mueller investigation.
“Paul Manafort was in that meeting, (and) if Paul Manafort relayed the information about that meeting in person to Donald Trump, that would have been really valuable information to Bob Mueller,” Goldman said.
Former four-star general speculates whistleblower scandal could involve Trump giving Putin an American
It remains unclear exactly what were the issues cited by the whistleblower who expressed concern at actions of President Donald Trump as a threat to national security, at least one of which involved a promise the president allegedly made in a phone call with a foreign leader.
But former Gen. Barry McCaffrey had a chilling thought about what it could possibly be — and posted his speculation on Twitter:
SHEER SPECULATION. Is it possible that the WHISTLEBLOWER issue was Trump discussing with Putin handing over our former US Ambassador to Moscow Mike McFaul to Russian authorities? https://t.co/0PnQn0upiA
House Judiciary Committee considering vote to hold Corey Lewandowski in contempt of Congress: report
On Thursday, the Washington Post reported that the House Judiciary Committee is considering a vote to hold President Donald Trump's former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski in contempt of Congress, after a lengthy hearing on Wednesday in which Lewandowski aggressively attacked members of the committee and admitted that he routinely lies to media outlets.
This development comes after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) told members of her caucus that she supports holding Lewandowski in contempt.
‘This person has to be very senior’: Ambassador McFaul breaks down two possible whistleblower motivations
America's former ambassador to Russia on Thursday broke down what we know about the whistleblower alleging wrongdoing by President Donald Trump.
Ambassador Michael McFaul was interviewed by MSNBC chief legal correspondent Ari Melber on "The Beat."
"In my understanding, have -- having worked closely with the intelligence community, when I was in the government -- nobody that I know would go to these steps unless there was something really serious. This is not about the inappropriate use of classified material," McFaul noted. "It’s something much bigger."
"We’re talking about someone who is at a senior enough level to have this level of access, who knows the rules and knows they can lose their job or worse," Melber noted.