Russians nervous as Mueller's investigation creeps ever closer to involvement with Trump: ex-DOD official
President Donald Trump's manner with Russian leader Vladimir Putin was in contrast to the anger he flashed at NATO allies. (AFP / Brendan Smialowski)

During an MSNBC panel discussion on Donald Trump's close relationship with Russia -- that also delved into the GOP going along with the president -- a former Defense Department official pointed out that Russia is likely unnerved at special counsel Robert Mueller's success at linking them to the Trump campaign.

Speaking with AM Joy host Joy Reid, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Russia, Ukraine, and Eurasia Evelyn Farkas said the Kremlin is watching the investigation revelations with great concern.

"The talking points coming out of Moscow have been eerily similar to talking points from the White House," Farkas began. "I mean, they will deny that they interfered because they don't mind lying. Right now they are not denying, they are focused on saying, 'We're a scapegoat. there is anti-Russian sentiment -- President Trump understands what's in the U.S. interest,' which is, of course, is a lie."

"The Russians are probably very nervous right now because they are starting to see, as we are starting to see, that the Mueller investigation has a lot of information," she claimed. "And they have a lot of really good details about what the Russians have done to the United States and what Americans have done to work with them to help them."

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