FBI agents arrested former Trump campaign adviser Roger Stone in an early morning visit to his home. Stone was indicted by special counsel Robert Mueller as part of his investigation into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia. Stone is accused of seeking stolen emails from Wikileaks that would benefit Trump’s campaign. CNN Chief Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin says it’s shocking but not surprising that Stone was taken into custody.
CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin says Robert Mueller’s recommendation that former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn serve no prison time in exchange for his cooperation should send a signal to President Trump. And that signal is that it’s time to be nervous about the investigation. Mueller says Flynn provided “substantial” assistance to his investigation of Russian influence in the 2016 presidential election. You can read the heavily-redacted sentencing recommendation document here.
James Comey, the FBI director fired by President Trump in 2017, says he’s concerned about Trump’s unrelenting attacks on the agency. Comey says Trump’s attacks on the FBI and the Department of Justice are undermining confidence in the agencies. Comey made the comments in June to The Atlantic at the 2018 Aspen Ideas Festival. The former FBI director says Trump’s criticisms are eroding trust in the Justice Department, which are built on the foundations of nonpartisanship and accountability.
Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election is vast, and many people are speculating on where it might go. However, it helps to have familiarity with how federal prosecutors build these kinds of cases, which is an advantage that Renato Mariotti has. Mariotti is a former federal prosecutor who has handled many obstruction cases. At Politico, Mariotti breaks down what we know about the progress of the probe and what can be reasonably extracted from the evidence, from focusing on Paul Manafort and Michael Flynn, to firing former FBI Director James Comey and much more. Read more about Mariotti’s analysis at Politico.