One year ago today, lifelong Republican Robert Mueller was appointed as Special Counsel to investigate potential collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. In that time, 22 people have been indicted and five have pleaded guilty. Charges have been brought against Trump’s campaign chairman, and Mueller has secured guilty pleas from the President’s former national security adviser and deputy campaign chairman. We have even learned that Trump’s campaign had a suspected Russian agent as a foreign policy adviser.
Despite the whirlwind of revelations over the past year, as well as efforts by President Trump and his defenders in Congress to distract and confuse and brand the investigation a “witch hunt,” the Trump-Russia story remains, at its core, a relatively simple one.The above excerpt was originally published in New York Daily News.