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Collusion or Illusion?

One of the most divisive topics in America united both political parties this week…as the Special Counsel investigation enters its 22nd month.

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On Capitol Hill

  • The House of Representatives voted unanimously Thursday in favor of a measure calling for the public release of the results of the Special Counsel Investigation at its conclusion.
  • Why It Matters: The vote can’t force the Justice Dept to release the final report. However, it’s a public statement & rare showing of bipartisanship.
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In Court

  • Pres. Trump’s fmr. campaign manager, Paul Manafort, received his final sentencing on charges related to the investigation.
  • Received 7+ years behind bars for these federal crimes *however* we learned he will be charged separately for other crimes in NY.
  • Why It Matters: The Pres *can* pardon federal crimes, not state crimes.
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Behind The Scenes

  • Lead federal prosecutor who oversaw the investigation of Manafort reportedly will end his time with the Special Counsel.
  • Andrew Weissmann led tough cases vs. the NY mob & corporations like Enron.
  • Why It Matters: Some suggest his exit, along with others, show the investigation may be near its end.
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Something To Consider:

  • House Democrats have launched investigations paralleling the Special Counsel. These will continue when the Special Counsel Investigation ends.
  • Special Counsel’s mandate is broad, allowing investigations into other areas/people unrelated to Russian collusion. No direct evidence of Trump-Russia collusion has surfaced thus far.
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The Mueller Special Counsel investigation is nowhere near the length of previous Special Counsel investigations, such as the White Water investigation of Bill Clinton or Iran-Contra under Reagan. Both investigations lasted more than 4 years.

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