Mueller Is Holding Top Secret Intelligence That Will Sink the Trump Presidency (The Observer link): Another day, another bombshell emanating from the Special Counsel investigation into President Donald Trump and his links to the Kremlin. We now have more proof that Robert Mueller really does know everything about 2016—and I can exclusively tell you how he knows it.
This latest reveal comes from a legal screw-up of gargantuan proportions. Yesterday, attorneys for Paul Manafort, the president’s disgraced campaign manager for the decisive phase of the 2016 election, filed papers with the Justice Department trying to prevent their client from spending the rest of his life in a federal penitentiary. They asserted that Manafort did not lie to Team Mueller, as the Special Counsel believes, but in the process, they made an epic redaction fail that blows the case wide open.
President Trump’s consistent “no collusion” claims, ailing for months as Mueller’s cards are revealed, one by one, are now officially moribund. Manafort has admitted that he was in touch with Kilimnik during and after Trump’s presidential run, regarding campaign matters, in what appears to be a clandestine back-channel between Team Trump and the Kremlin.
Mod: Don Trump Un probably isn't happy about the latest TV ratings news. Apparently more people watched the Democrats response to his wall address than watched him.
The president, the house speaker and the senate minority leader dominated the airwaves on Tuesday night with their dueling prime-time messages to the nation. Trump used his address to make his latest appeal for a wall and increased border security, but Pelosi and Schumer rebuked him by demanding an end to the government shutdown over his “manufactured” crisis.
On Wednesday morning, Fox Sports Executive Vice President Michael Mulvihill tweeted his assessment of combined ratings for the biggest national networks that carried the addresses. Judging by the numbers, Trump and the Democrat response tied in ratings on several channels, but the Democrats surpassed the president on more networks than he surpassed them.