ROBERT MUELLER/RUSSIA INVESTIGATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Trump and his allies have long rallied around the defiant battle cry that special counsel Robert Mueller is conducting a ‘witch hunt’ that has uncovered ‘no collusion’ with Russia. But public filings by Mueller and the Southern District of New York over the past two weeks have changed the game. We still do not know everything Mueller knows, but the contours of a broad scheme by the administration to conspire with Russia — to the personal benefit of Trump and the detriment of the United States — are now coming into sharper focus. Over the past two weeks, we have been reminded that Mueller knows more than anybody else, and he does not go out on limbs. If Mueller says it, then he knows it and can prove it. Friday’s [12-7-18] public filing on Paul Manafort’s failed cooperation is a case in point. Manafort lied during the cooperation process, Mueller caught him, and (even based solely on the non-redacted portions of the memo) Mueller laid out the proof in methodical fashion before the court. Mueller doesn’t bluff. If he raises, he’s got the cards.”

Elie Honig, “Mueller is putting the puzzle pieces together on Trump,” CNN Poltiics, CNN.com, December 7, 2018 10:30 am