The Trump campaign just turned over 20,000 potentially incriminating documents related to the Russia investigation per a Senate Judiciary Committee order.
To preface, I’d just like to point out the irony of this situation.
Crooked H destroyed phones w/ hammer, ‘bleached’ emails, & had husband meet w/AG days before she was cleared- & they talk about obstruction?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 15, 2017
My son Donald openly gave his e-mails to the media & authorities whereas Crooked Hillary Clinton deleted (& acid washed) her 33,000 e-mails!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 22, 2017
How long did it take your staff of 823 people to think that up–and where are your 33,000 emails that you deleted? https://t.co/gECLNtQizQ
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 9, 2016
If Russia or any other country or person has Hillary Clinton’s 33,000 illegally deleted emails, perhaps they should share them with the FBI!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 27, 2016
Ah, yes, Hillary Clinton’s email debacle. It remains Trump’s go-to topic whenever his moral compass is brought into question (which is basically every waking moment).
But Trump’s scandals are beginning to look far more criminal with each passing day. With over 20,000 related documents in question, investigators have taken far greater interest in Trump’s questionable affairs than they ever did to Clinton’s.
In recent months, the special counsel investigating Russian collusion has kicked it into overdrive. And as the counsel stockpiles evidence of Trump’s many misdeeds, the blinding spotlight on the Trump campaign becomes impossible to ignore.
What’s Happening Now:
Last Wednesday, the Trump campaign reluctantly surrendered roughly 20,000 documents related to the Russian meddling investigation.
And they certainly weren’t in any rush to comply. The Trump campaign waited until the final deadline—August 2—to hand over the relevant documentation.
According to the report, former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort turned in an additional 400 pages, including his foreign advocacy paperwork, to aid the investigation. Manafort recently made headlines when his home was raided by the FBI, who seized his financial and tax records, among other documents.
Additionally, Donald Trump Jr. submitted roughly 250 pages last Friday concerning his heavily scrutinized June 2016 meeting with Manafort, Jared Kushner, and Russian contacts, including attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya. Trump Jr. was offered damaging information on Hillary Clinton prior to the meeting, during which he and Veselnitskaya allegedly discussed easing of Magnitsky Act sanctions, per a Liberal Examiner report.
Dianne Feinstein, the Senate Judiciary Committee’s top Democrat, said last week that public hearings may be held in September with Manafort and Trump Jr.
Robert Mueller’s special counsel has been especially aggressive in their investigation lately. Last week, Mueller impaneled a grand jury in Washington to further probe Russia’s interference, according to the Liberal Examiner. And undeniably, the recent no-knock raid on Manafort’s residence suggests that Mueller’s team of attorneys have their noses to the ground.
Given the counsel’s increased interest, Trump has desperately attempted to woo Mueller, sending the Special Counsel notes of “appreciation and greetings” via his personal lawyer.
“The president has sent messages back and forth,” said Trump’s chief counsel John Dowd, who has personally conveyed the president’s gratitude, according to the Washington Post. “We get along well with Bob Mueller; our communications have been constructive.”
For now, the contents of the tens of thousands of documents remains to be seen. But if anything, the surrender of these materials suggest that Mueller’s investigation is swiftly dismantling Trump’s failing administration.