Robert Mueller is getting desperate.
So he is exploring every avenue possible to dig up anything he pin on Donald Trump for colluding with Russia.
And he is now investigating one comment by Donald Trump that could be his last chance.
Mueller is now probing witnesses to see if Trump knew anything about the hacked emails obtained from John Podesta or the DNC.
NBC News reports:
“Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team is asking witnesses pointed questions about whether Donald Trump was aware that Democratic emails had been stolen before that was publicly known, and whether he was involved in their strategic release, according to multiple people familiar with the probe.
Mueller’s investigators have asked witnesses whether Trump was aware of plans for WikiLeaks to publish the emails. They have also asked about the relationship between GOP operative Roger Stone and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, and why Trump took policy positions favorable to Russia.”
The special counsel is focusing on comments Trump made – where he was clearly joking – asking if Russia could find Hillary Clinton’s missing emails during July 2016 campaign stops.
NBC News also reports:
“In one line of questioning, investigators have focused on Trump’s public comments in July 2016 asking Russia to find emails that were deleted by his then-opponent Hillary Clinton from a private server she maintained while secretary of state. The comments came at a news conference on July 27, 2016, just days after WikiLeaks began publishing the Democratic National Committee emails. “Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing,” Trump said.
Witnesses have been asked whether Trump himself knew then that Clinton’s campaign chairman John Podesta, whose emails were released several months later, had already been targeted. They were also asked if Trump was advised to make the statement about Clinton’s emails from someone outside his campaign, and if the witnesses had reason to believe Trump tried to coordinate the release of the DNC emails to do the most damage to Clinton, the people familiar with the matter said.”
If that is what Mueller is focusing on than the collusion investigation is a bust. Trump was clearly joking and if there was any evidence of collusion on the matter it would have leaked.
We will keep you up to date on any new developments in this story.