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Game Changer — Robert Mueller Has Every Text Message Sent By The Trump Campaign

In any criminal investigation, nothing is more valuable than tangible, physical evidence. Anyone who has ever been part of trying to solve a crime will tell you that.

When it comes to the probe being conducted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller into a possible conspiracy between members of the 2016 Trump campaign and Russia, Mueller just struck gold.

You’ve probably seen former Trump campaign aide Michael Caputo on cable news. He’s always willing to make an appearance and defend Trump no matter what. And that helped make Caputo a target of Mueller’s team of investigators.

Caputo was recently interviewed by the Mueller team, and not long afterwards he again showed up on television — Fox News this time — looking like he’d seen a ghost, telling host Martha MacCallum:

“They have all the documents that were produced. They’ve got further documentation from people who worked outside the campaign — their emails, their texts. They have the entire campaign’s texts.”

During that same appearance, Caputo also sent out a warning flare to the White House, noting that Mueller:

“[Knows] more about the campaign than any one person does who worked there.”

As for exactly what he was asked by Mueller’s investigators, Caputo made it sound as if he had merely been called to verify what was already known to the special counsel:

“The Mueller investigation really wasn’t trying to find something. Every question they asked, they already have the answer to.”

In case you were wondering, Caputo himself has deep ties to Russia, as reported by Newsweek recently:

“Caputo knows Russia well. In the 1990s, he advised then-Russian President Boris Yeltsin on election law and opened a public relations firm in Russia to help Western companies transition there. In the early 2000s, he did work for Gazprom Media, which supported President Vladimir Putin.”

So Caputo — who was on the Trump campaign team — is a made man when it comes to the Kremlin, much like former campaign manager Paul Manafort and his business partner, Rick Gates, who is now cooperating with the Mueller team. Why did Trump need so many people with ties to Russia if there was “no collusion” as he maintains?

If Mueller now has every text message sent by the Trump team during the election, he also has a major piece of evidence that he needs to make his case. That means it’s game, set, and match for the special counsel, who must be chuckling deep inside whenever Trump whines about it all being a “witch hunt.”

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Robert Mueller Now Has Bank Records That Prove The Trump-Russia Conspiracy

As we learned in Watergate, if you want to get to the bottom of a conspiracy involving politics, the way you find who was involved and how high the treachery goes is to follow the money. That’s exactly the advice that Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward were given by their source who went by the name of Deep Throat, and the money trail is what eventually led to Richard Nixon’s resignation in 1974.

Now, 44 years later, we’re looking for the definitive link between Donald Trump and Russia, and it appears we’ve found it, as BuzzFeed reports:

“In their investigations into 2016 election interference, special counsel Robert Mueller and the FBI are scrutinizing the financial activity by the Russian embassy, according to three federal law enforcement sources with direct knowledge of the matter.”

More specifically, there were some suspicious financial transactions that took place right before and right after the 2016 election:

  •  A $29,000 wire transfer to the Russian embassy’s US bank account to “finance election campaign of 2016.”
  • $325,000 in payments to the Russian Cultural Centre in Washington.
  • $2.4 million paid to small home-improvement companies controlled by a Russian immigrant living in Virginia.

Of particular interest to Mueller’s investigators and the FBI is former Russian ambassador to the United States, Sergey Kislyak, who has long been suspected as the go-between the Kremlin used to arrange the larger election conspiracy planned by Russian President Vladimir Putin and then-GOP nominee Donald Trump:

“After failing to disclose during his confirmation hearings a meeting with Kislyak, Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from the Russia investigation. Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law, discussed with Kislyak setting up a line of communication at the Russian Embassy. And Michael Flynn, the former national security adviser, pleaded guilty last year to lying to the FBI about multiple calls to Kislyak during the transition.”

What remains unclear is exactly how much money was given directly to Trump or the Trump Organization, but since the chief financial officer of Trump’s business interests, Allen Weisselberg, is now cooperating with Mueller’s investigators, it’s only a matter of time before that information is also in the special counsel’s hands.

Following the money led to Richard Nixon’s ignominious exit from the Oval Office, and the same pattern will also bring about the downfall of Donald Trump. The clock is ticking.

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An Overlooked Detail In Michael Cohen’s Plea Deal Spells Doom For Donald Trump

When he stood before a U.S. district court judge in Manhattan in late August, Donald Trump’s former attorney, Michael Cohen, pled guilty to eight felonies: Five counts of tax evasion, one count of falsifying submissions to a bank, and two counts involving unlawful campaign contributions.

While those eight charges got the vast majority of the attention — especially since they came on the same day as Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, was found guilty on charges of bank fraud and tax evasion — there was a small detail in the Cohen plea agreement that could well wind up being the most damaging to Trump.

As Cody Fenwick writes for AlterNet, there’s  a sum of $50,000 mentioned in the court filing charging Cohen, and it had nothing to do with hush money payoffs to women Donald Trump allegedly had affairs with:

“There was another large sum for which Cohen was later reimbursed, according to the court documents:

“‘The $50,000 represented a claimed payment for ‘tech services,’ which in fact related to work COHEN had solicited from a technology company during and in connection with the campaign.'”

Tech services? Cohen isn’t a computer guy, he’s an attorney. And by all accounts, not a particularly gifted one.

So what could that mysterious $50,000 have been used for?

You probably recall the name Cambridge Analytica, the data firm that the 2016 Trump campaign used to target ad buys and disinformation on platforms such as Facebook and Twitter. Cambridge has since gone out of business, but they were instrumental to the larger effort that helped elect Donald Trump by a few thousand votes in a couple of key battleground states. There have also been reports that the firm has ties to Russia.

The two co-heads of the digital effort for the Trump 2016 campaign were Jared Kushner and Brad Parscale. Kushner is now a senior adviser to the president. Parscale has been named as head of the Trump 2020 campaign team, which will likely never get off the ground thanks to what’s happened this week that’s brought Trump to the brink of impeachment or resignation.

If Cohen has evidence of payments to Cambridge Analytica and the company’s links to Russia can be established, that gives Special Counsel Robert Mueller a slam dunk case proving the president and his team were indeed part of a conspiracy to defraud the United States.

And that, as they say, would mean it’s lights out for Donald Trump and his fellow traitors.

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What Michael Cohen Is About To Tell Mueller Spells The END Of Donald Trump (DETAILS)

For over a decade, Michael Cohen has been Donald Trump’s personal attorney. As such, he probably knows more about Trump’s business dealings, numerous extramarital affairs, and connections to questionable people than anyone else. And that’s a big problem for the president now that Cohen is pleading guilty.

What, you may wonder, does Cohen know that’s so dangerous to Trump? When it comes to collusion/conspiracy with Russia, Cohen has enough evidence to put Trump away for the rest of his life. As Ryan Goodman wrote on Just Security, Cohen can tell Robert Mueller and the U.S. Attorney’s Office in New York:

“If Cohen was in frequent contact with individuals who had knowledge of or played a role in the 2016 election interference, it would corroborate some aspects of the Steele Dossier. That report, compiled by former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele, suggested that Cohen may have played a central role in the coordination between Russia and the Trump circle.”

The Steele dossier is also the same document that alleged Russia had compromising information — i.e. the infamous “golden shower” tape — on Trump, and Cohen may also be able to verify the existence of such tapes and other damaging information Vladimir Putin has used to control the president. That alone would prove a motive for why Trump has been so deferential to the Kremlin and refuses to say anything negative about Putin.

And let’s not forget about those payments to women Trump allegedly slept with and later paid to keep quiet. John Cassidy of the New Yorker notes:

“Cohen may provide information about payoffs that he made on Trump’s behalf to women who claimed to have had affairs with the President. We know about the payment of a hundred and thirty thousand dollars that Cohen made to Stephanie Clifford (a.k.a. Stormy Daniels), of course. But Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s lawyer and cable-news pit bull, has publicly indicated that it is perfectly possible that Cohen paid off more women before the 2016 election.”

Those payments were made under the guise of a shady corporation Cohen created in Delaware. Problem is, in doing so, Cohen likely broke numerous banking, fraud, and campaign finance laws.

The business side of Trump’s life is also ripe for possible criminal activity. How much money has he taken from Russian sources, and did he launder money for Russian oligarchs? If so, Cohen would know all about that, too.

Cohen is the most dangerous man in the world to Donald Trump. He knows, as the old saying goes, where all the bodies are buried, and who put them there. That alone makes him an enormous existential threat to the president.

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With One Tweet, Trump Opens Himself Up To Witness Tampering Charges

While it’s been clear for quite some time now that Donald Trump isn’t exactly the sharpest knife in the drawer, he seems to be getting even more profoundly ignorant with each day that passes and as Special Counsel Robert Mueller gets closer to busting him.

Trump is already suspected of being part of a possible conspiracy with Russia to rig the election, and there have been hints that Mueller’s team of investigators — along with the FBI — are following leads which suggest other serious federal crimes such as money laundering, wire fraud, bank fraud, and income tax evasion.

But earlier today, the president decided he’d add another charge to the growing list: Witness tampering. And he did it with one tweet:

Trump was apparently responding to remarks the former CIA director made to Chuck Todd on Meet the Press, where he said he might file a lawsuit to regain the security clearance Trump revoked late last week. Brennan told Todd:

“I’m going to do whatever I can personally to try to prevent these abuses in the future and if it means going to court, I will do that.”

Here’s the problem for Trump: We know Brennan has spoken to Mueller already, so that makes him a cooperating witness. And the tweet Trump sent out is clearly an attempt to intimidate the former CIA chief. That just so happens to be the very definition of witness tampering, according to 18 U.S.C. § 1512 of the federal code:

“Whoever knowingly uses intimidation, threatens, or corruptly persuades another person, or attempts to do so, or engages in misleading conduct toward another person, with intent to—(1)influence, delay, or prevent the testimony of any person in an official proceeding.”

The maximum penalty for witness tampering is 20 years. And that’s for each individual count of the crime. So if Trump decides to keep issuing threats at Brennan, he can be charged and tried for each tweet he sends out on the matter.

We always knew Trump’s big mouth would be his downfall, and once again he’s proven that he’s his own worst enemy.