“This goes to the larger view of what we think is going on, and what we think is the motive here,” Mr. Weissmann said. “This goes, I think, very much to the heart of what the special counsel’s office is investigating.” New York Times


AFTER THEY met in the Grand Havana Room in Manhattan, Paul Manafort and his Russian pal Konstantin V. Kolimnik left by separate exits.

Nothing to see. Move along.

What Senator Burr didn’t say is Robert Mueller and the OSC have seen more evidence than the Senate Intelligence Committee.

We don’t know what we don’t know.

Hey, but Senator Burr feels he’s done his team a solid.

He won’t get the last word.

According to the transcript, which was heavily redacted, Mr. Manafort and Mr. Kilimnik repeatedly communicated about a so-called peace plan for Ukraine starting in early August 2016, while Mr. Manafort was still running Mr. Trump’s campaign, and continuing into 2018, months after Mr. Manafort had been charged by the special counsel’s office with a litany of crimes related to his work in the country. The prosecutors claim that Mr. Manafort misled them about those talks and other interactions with Mr. Kilimnik.

We don’t know if Mueller and his team can prove a conspiracy yet.

It seems obvious from the New York Times report that there’s more heft to collusion that goes beyond what isn’t a crime. To what is a conspiracy to defraud the United States through the 2016 presidential election.