WASHINGTON ― It can be difficult to follow the labyrinthine, constantly changing developments in the question of whether President Donald Trump’s campaign colluded with Russia in last year’s election. The matter is the subject of multiple congressional investigations, as well as an independent panel led by special counsel Robert Mueller.
On Wednesday, the investigation reportedly added yet another subject, Michael G. Flynn Jr., whose father ― Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn ― was fired from the White House after misleading Vice President Mike Pence about the extent of his interactions with Russian officials. The younger Flynn worked closely with his father, who has a history of suspicious foreign dealings.
The development, uncovered by NBC News, suggests that the investigation’s scope continues to broaden.
Here are some of the other major headlines from the past few weeks.
Donald Trump Jr. told Senate investigators that he took a meeting with a Russian lawyer to assess Hillary Clinton’s “fitness” for office.
Trump’s eldest son spoke to the Senate Judiciary Committee about his June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower, which he attended after being offered information that would supposedly “incriminate” his father’s Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton. Trump Jr. was told the information was “part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump.”
During the closed-door interview on Sept. 7, Trump Jr. denied that collusion had taken place, and claimed the object of the meeting was to obtain information on Clinton’s “fitness.”
“To the extent they had information concerning the fitness, character or qualifications of a presidential candidate, I believed that I should at least hear them out,” he said in a statement to the Judiciary Committee obtained by The New York Times. “Depending on what, if any, information they had, I could then consult with counsel to make an informed decision as to whether to give it further consideration.”
Trump Jr.’s story about why he took the meeting has changed over time. He initially claimed that the meeting concerned a policy about “adoptions,” and then defended it as a routine campaign meeting to obtain opposition research on Clinton.
Asked about Trump Jr.’s claim on NBC’s “Today” show Wednesday, Clinton called it “ridiculous.”
“It’s another absurd lie to cover up what was really going on,” she said.
Mueller’s probe is also looking into…