Mueller’s Bombshells Are About Putin, Not Trump

Vladimir Putin has become the shadowy supervillain of U.S. politics: a seemingly omnipotent, five-dimensional-chess-playing mastermind subverting American society, sowing “chaos” across Europe, and subverting the entire world democratic order. Ever since Trump and his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton famously sniped about who was really Putin’s “puppet,” Putin himself has been conspicuously absent from discussions of potential collusion. Like Keyser Soze or Thanos, Putin is simultaneously everywhere and nowhere.

Since the 2016 election, investigative journalists have played the Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon game, except linking Trump to Putin, with varying degrees of futility. Trump-Michael Flynn-Sergey Kislyak-Putin? Trump-George Papadopoulos-Joseph Mifsud-Putin? Trump-Paul Manafort-Oleg Deripaska-Sergei Prikhodko-Putin? For those with an interest in the workings of Kremlin politics, one benefit of the Mueller investigation—and all of the intelligence tools at their disposal—is that it examines not only efforts emanating from the Trump side but those from the Russian side as well. In many cases—as the Mueller report suggests—those efforts did not always link up with one another, though perhaps it was not for a lack of effort.

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US Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker says Mueller’s probe is ‘close to being completed’

cting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker says the special counsel’s Russia investigation is “close to being completed.”

Whitaker made the comment Monday during an unrelated news conference at the Justice Department in Washington.

President Trump said he ‘appreciates’ Mueller’s response to BuzzFeed report

President Trump said he ‘appreciates’ Mueller’s response to BuzzFeed report
Trump also used the statement from Mueller’s office to condemn the media at large, stating that the “mainstream media has truly lost its credibility.”


The grand jury involved in Robert Mueller’s probe into allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, and any Russian government links to the Donald Trump campaign, has been extended by six months.

The jury was impaneled on June 6, 2017, with its term set to expire this weekend. Chief Judge Beryl Howell of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia granted the request with the grand jury’s term set to expire Sunday. “The chief judge confirms that grand jury 17-1 has been extended,” an aide to Howell told Politico Friday.