CNN on Thursday put out a damning timeline of the Trump campaign’s dealings with Russian agents that occurred over a two-week span in late July 2016.
Among other things, the timeline shows that prosecutors have evidence that a senior Trump campaign official was directed to contact longtime Trump ally Roger Stone about future Clinton-related email releases from WikiLeaks, which had on the very same day released emails that were stolen by Russian agents from the Democratic National Committee.
Just five days later, Donald Trump himself directly and openly encouraged Russia to release any emails it may have stolen from the private email server that rival Hillary Clinton used while she was secretary of state.
And then, less than a week later, then-Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and deputy campaign chairman Rick Gates met with Konstantin Kilimnik, a Russian political consultant whom U.S. law enforcement agencies allege has ties to Russian intelligence.
Not included in the timeline was the infamous meeting in Trump Tower that occurred less than two months prior in which Manafort, Donald Trump Jr. and Jared Kushner met with a Russian operative who had promised them dirt on Clinton.
CNN analyst David Gregory then explained how that timeline alone was enough to justify special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into the Trump campaign.
“Russia had interest — they wanted him to be president,” Gregory said. “Vladimir Putin didn’t like Hillary Clinton… and we know from that chronology that the Trump campaign was open for business! Hey, go find her emails, we’ll take any opposition research from wherever it comes!”
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’Let ‘em go’: Ex-police commissioner lays into Buffalo cops who quit Emergency Response Team
On CNN Friday, former Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey slammed the 57 Buffalo police officers who resigned from the city's Emergency Response Team in solidarity with a pair of officers investigated for shoving an elderly man to the ground and then lying about it.
"If they want to resign, they should resign from the department," said Ramsey. "They don't have a vote in what unit they're in or the running of that department. They would not be allowed to step down from those positions. If they want to resign from the police department, let 'em go, and I would not bring them back, it just means you have some slots you have to fill. That kind of stuff is ridiculous and can't be tolerated."
Trump accused by ex-Defense Secretary of putting US on ‘the trail toward a dictatorship’
During an appearance on CNN on Friday morning, former Defense Secretary William Cohen - who also served in the U.S. Senate as a Republican -- denounced Donald Trump in no uncertain terms, saying his use of military personnel against anti-police brutality protesters is a sign he has set the country on the path to a dictatorship.
To emphasize his point, he later called Trump the "dictator-in-chief."
Speaking with host Jim Sciutto, Cohen didn't mince words after the CNN host noted that the president and his former attorney called the protesters "terrorists."
"What does it mean for you to hear a sitting president dismissing a whole range of protesters, who in fact were largely peaceful around the White House, dismissing a whole range of them as terrorists? What does that mean to you?" the CNN host asked.
Richmond mayor schools white lawmaker complaining removal of Confederate statue strips her of her history
Appearing on CNN's "New Day" on Friday morning, the mayor of Richmond, Virginia set a white state lawmaker straight over her comments that the imminent removal of a statue commemorating Confederate General Robert E. Lee was erasing her history.
Speaking with host John Berman, Mayor Levar Stoney expressed pleasure at the upcoming removal of the massive statue, saying it was a long overdue -- before the interview turned to comments made by State Senator Amanda Chase (R) made in a Facebook post.
Noting that the white lawmaker complained, "Let's be honest here, there is an overt effort here to erase all-white history," Stoney had a few words for the lawmaker.