Donald Trump, Justin Fairfax, Grammy Awards: Your Monday Briefing

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Great morning,

We start today with a breakdown in border security talks as well as the winners of last night’s Grammy Awards.


One of Robert Mueller’s prosecutors suggested last week which the special counsel investigation was focusing on Trump campaign officials’ response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in 2014 as well as to American sanctions on Moscow.

According to a transcript of a hearing in Washington, the prosecutor, Andrew Weissmann, discussed contacts between President Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, as well as a Russian associate. Mr. Mueller’s team says which Mr. Manafort misled them about those discussions, as well as when pressed by the judge about why which mattered, Mr. Weissmann said, “This particular goes, I think, very much to the heart of what the special counsel’s office is usually investigating.”

Background: Prosecutions by the special counsel have skirted the question of whether there was some kind of deal between Russia as well as Mr. Trump’s campaign. Persuading the U.S. to ease or end sanctions has been a primary goal of Moscow. Mr. Trump has dismissed Mr. Mueller’s investigation as a “witch hunt.”


A draft resolution sent to a state House committee on Sunday directs lawmakers to determine whether the sexual assault accusations facing Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax constitute grounds for impeachment.

Mr. Fairfax has denied accusations via two women as well as released a statement over the weekend calling for an investigation as well as “due process.”