President Donald Trump begged Russia for election help from a podium in 2016. It prompted a huge investigation by a special counsel that took up the vast majority of Trump’s presidency. It’s unclear if that scandal ever helped educate Trump on why it wasn’t acceptable. Trump then asked Ukraine to help him find dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden.
It was then announced Monday that Trump asked Australia for information that they provided to special counsel Robert Mueller and his investigation into the Russia scandal.
It goes beyond Australia, Evan Perez said on CNN. Trump reportedly requested information from multiple countries who cooperated with Mueller and the investigation.
Trump has waged a war against the Mueller investigation to find the source of the beginning. Just prior to Mueller being named as a special counsel, Trump fired former FBI Director James Comey and told NBC News anchor Lester Holt that he fired Comey because of the Russia investigation.
Mueller’s investigation indicted 34 total people, including Trump’s former campaign chair Paul Manafort, who was found guilty on eight of 18 counts. Mueller’s probe also cost taxpayers about $25 million in staff and investigations. Due to Manafort’s uncollected taxes, however, the country will get properties and investment accounts valued at about $26.7 million.
Watch Perez brief CNN below:
Trump apologist thinks president made ‘huge mistake’ by admitting he won’t peacefully give up power
A conservative who usually defends President Donald Trump admitted to CNN on Thursday that the president made a "huge mistake" when he refused to commit to having a peaceful transfer of power should he lose the 2020 election.
During a panel discussion on the president's latest controversial remarks about the upcoming election, liberal guest Bakari Sellers argued that Americans should be "very terrified" about Trump implicitly encouraging violence in the event that he loses.
CNN host uses Fox News doctor’s own words against him after he accuses Biden of taking amphetamine
President Donald Trump and his allies seem to realize that they've dug themselves a hole in attacking former Vice President Joe Biden as mentally unfit. With expectations so low, a Biden win in the first debates are almost assured, even with a Fox News host.
In a discussion Tuesday, Trump began to pivot away from his non-stop advertising attacking Biden's cognitive abilities and instead claim Biden is a "professional" who knows what he's doing.
"Maybe that would work if the president himself had not been saying this about Biden on repeat for the entirety of the campaign," said CNN host Brianna Keilar.
America under Trump is now an ‘object of pity’ throughout the world: Ex-White House official
Former Trump National Security Council staffer Fiona Hill told CNN's Jim Sciutto on Tuesday that the United States under President Donald Trump evokes "pity" from people around the world instead of respect.
In talking about Russia's efforts to sow division in the United States ahead of the 2020 presidential election, Hill told Sciutto that America's foreign adversaries don't have to do much to create fear and mistrust in America right now.
"So I have to say very bluntly to everybody who's watching and listening to this, we are increasingly an object of pity, including by our allies," she said. "They're shocked by how we eat ourselves alive with our divisions. We are creating this -- it is not the Russians or the Chinese!"