On the heels of a flurry of Tweets from President Donald Trump, quoting Fox News pundits and claiming the ongoing Russia investigation is just a witch hunt, news emerged of Robert Mueller and his team focusing on what the president knew about Russian hacking of the DNC servers and when he knew it.
Investigators for special counsel Robert Mueller asked witnesses about President Trump’s connection to hacked Democratic emails leaked leading up to the 2016 presidential election.
Mueller’s team focused on Trump's knowledge of plans by Julian Assange and WikiLeaks to publish emails from the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and members of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.
“I’ve been skeptical about the collusion and obstruction claims for the last year. I just don’t see the evidence...… https://t.co/wUxgVpVTIN— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1519734539.0
“We’ve seen NO EVIDENCE OF COLLUSION....I have seen nothing, the firing of James Comey and all of the aftermath, th… https://t.co/smYiwXrZnh— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1519735558.0
WITCH HUNT!— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1519735781.0
More desperate sounding tweets from @realDonaldTrump. Dem Memo showed no FISA abuse for Carter Page. Trump thinks… https://t.co/mithlNPb5q— Ted Lieu (@Ted Lieu)1519832662.0
Investigators looked into Trump’s relationship with Republican operative and Trump adviser Roger Stone during the 2016 campaign. Questions of Stone’s connections to WikiLeaks, the site’s founder Julian Assange, and Trump himself, including his favorable policies towards Russia, seem to be a primary focus now.
Spoiler: Yes, he knew about the hacked emails. Mueller isn’t asking many questions he doesn’t know the answer(s) to… https://t.co/wP7jM3yeDs— Counterchekist (@Counterchekist)1519850255.0
Breaking: Mueller now directly probing whether Trump personally knew about criminal hacking in advance. A truly bi… https://t.co/mubkrMzoF1— Ari Melber (@Ari Melber)1519845401.0
In a statement to NBC Roger Stone stated Mueller's team had not interviewed him and he “never discussed WikiLeaks, Assange or the Hillary disclosures with candidate Trump, before during or after the election.”
Moscow's interference in the 2016 presidential election, including ties between Trump campaign associates and Russian operatives, is key to Mueller's probe.
Russians successfully hacked John Podesta, the Clinton campaign chair’s, email account in March 2016. WikiLeaks released stolen emails from the DNC and Podesta leading up to the 2016 presidential election.
During the resulting controversy, Trump declared “I love WikiLeaks” at a campaign rally while reading some of the leaked messages from his phone to the crowd.
BREAKING: Mueller team asking whether Trump was aware of stolen Democratic emails before the public More:… https://t.co/nxWYk8JK9u— MSNBC (@MSNBC)1519844687.0
For those of you who are keeping track, Robert Mueller has thus far secured more than 100 indictments or guilty ple… https://t.co/qFybfpteK6— Jon Cooper 🇺🇸 (@Jon Cooper 🇺🇸)1519770302.0
Trump announced today that he will run in 2020. Robert Mueller said, "If I were you I would run now."— Albert Brooks (@Albert Brooks)1519765736.0
THREAD: What does news that Mueller is investigating Trump's knowledge of email hacks mean? Is it a crime to know a… https://t.co/opHAveYX9i— Renato Mariotti (@Renato Mariotti)1519847452.0
Robert Mueller is a pro. He’s playing chess while Trump and his team are struggling with tic-tac-toe. https://t.co/1buTrQi3h1— Andrew Janz (@Andrew Janz)1519851370.0
Tur making key legal point right now -- Bob Mueller's new line of questioning not limited to obstruction, but probi… https://t.co/3NFbmpPvkZ— Ari Melber (@Ari Melber)1519852328.0
You mean, just like the time Trump charged through machine gun fire to retrieve a wounded fellow Marine during a ba… https://t.co/LFf0s3ox1x— Rick Wilson (@Rick Wilson)1519707375.0