It’s been a rapid fire few days in special counsel Robert Mueller’s ongoing investigation into Russian collusion during the run-up to the 2016 presidential, with sentencing memos for Paul Manafort and Michael Cohen last week, followed by Cohen’s sentencing this week. Also this week, we learned from federal prosecutors that the National Enquirer’s parent company, American Media Inc. has admitted to paying hush money to silence a woman who alleged an affair with Donald Trump in “concert with” the Trump Campaign, corroborating Cohen’s account.
And in a separate investigation, Maria Butina pleaded guilty to conspiracy, admitting that she tried to influence high profile Republicans and National Rifle Association members on behalf of Russia. All the while, President Donald Trump has doubled down, again referring to the investigation as a “witch hunt.”
But how do these latest developments fit into the larger picture of Mueller’s investigation, and are we anywhere near the end?
This week on Politics with Amy Walter from The Takeaway, we attempt to break it all down and examine what we know from all different angles, hearing from a reporter, a former FBI agent, a historian, a Democratic Congressman, and a conservative publisher during the course of the hour.
Mark Mazzetti is the New York Times’ Washington Investigative Correspondent.
Asha Rangappa is a discussing Senior lecturer at Yale University’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs and a former FBI special agent.
Julian Zelizer is a professor of History and Public Affairs at Princeton University.
Congressman Adam Schiff is on track to become the Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.
Chris Buskirk is the publisher and editor of the conservative publication American Greatness.
All other music composed by Jay Cowit.