Covering the latest developments in the Trump-Russia investigation isn’t easy. Just last month, Donald Trump’s top lawyer Ty Cobb called me a “[drugged up extremist](http://www.businessinsider.com/ty-cobb-emails-prankster-drone-reporter-2017-9)” in an email exchange I obtained. He also suggested I might be a part of drone strike. But that hasn’t deterred me from covering what’s become one of the biggest news stories of the year. Check out all of my stories [here](http://www.businessinsider.com/author/natasha-bertrand) and follow me on [Twitter](https://twitter.com/NatashaBertrand). I’m looking forward to taking your questions on Tuesday, October 31 at 10 am EST in /r/politics.

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136 Comments

Sunken_Fruit · November 1, 2017 at 9:49 am

Is it plausable that Mueller has already filed indictments against Trump and others and is just keeping them sealed for now, as a type of dead man’s switch in the event they try and shut the investigation down, while continuing to widen and strengthen the cases?

earthboundsounds · November 1, 2017 at 9:49 am

Hallo Natasha!

I am wondering what your opinion on the Peter W. Smith matter is.

It seems to me this is one of the most important aspects of the Russia case as it directly implicates the highest members of the campaign like Bannon, Conway, and Flynn.

Matt Tait’s tale [“The Time I Got Recruited to Collude With The Russians”](https://lawfareblog.com/time-i-got-recruited-collude-russians) has already been dismissed by the administration by saying “Nobody knew Peter W. Smith!”. Just like Papadopoulos and Manafort and Gates…

Do you believe Mueller will drop the hammer over this?

catgrips · November 1, 2017 at 9:49 am

Mueller has now proven that he’s ready to go after individuals for lying in the course of the investigation. Do you think this puts certain GOP officials in the crosshairs for attempting to lie and cover up the scandal?

progress18 · November 1, 2017 at 9:49 am

What was your takeaway of yesterday’s White House press briefing?

What did you think of this: “Did the president remember the meeting he had with Papadaolous, I would expect he would given his ‘great memory'”?

gronedrone · November 1, 2017 at 9:49 am

Happy Halloween. I’ve been following this story from the beginning and you were easily THE go to reporter for it. I remember you broke down and gave a timeline for the events in the dossier before most outlets dared to even acknowledge anything in it. What did your editors think about that bold decision?

SerDickonManwoody · November 1, 2017 at 9:49 am

You’ve written a lot on Russian strategy. Since much of that strategy has included disinformation, that means that citizens hold much obligation to educate themselves on misleading narratives.

I don’t know if this is out of your area of study or too specific, but what can Joe Q. Social Media do to inoculate themselves and their friends / family from believing state-propagated lies, dezinformatsiya, and nationalistic language? How can we reteach the citizenry to believe in Western values again?

HandSack135 · November 1, 2017 at 9:49 am

So we had a massive news day yesterday. Should we expect to see a lull and if so for how long?

realsurreal · November 1, 2017 at 9:49 am

What’s your thoughts on Carter Page’s admissions during the Chris Hayes interview?

CarbonRevenge · November 1, 2017 at 9:49 am

What’s the most indictments you see coming from the Mueller Investigation?

There’s so many players that I imagine it’d be quite alot. Since it’s quite a grand conspiracy and there’s still alot we don’t know.

Wah_Chee_Choo · November 1, 2017 at 9:49 am

The White House has been saying it has received ‘indications’ that Muellers investigation will be over soon. Is there any truth to that and what scenarios could arise if true?

chuckberry314 · November 1, 2017 at 9:49 am

i think the question we all would like a concrete answer to, not that you can, is how long do you see this taking to play out in full? and how long until the next shoe drops?

salamislam79 · November 1, 2017 at 9:49 am

Do you think there is a chance that Donald Trump will fire Mueller? If he did, what would happen afterwards?

DarthMemeTheWise · November 1, 2017 at 9:49 am

What do you mean “part of a drone strike”? Were they threatening to kill you or am I comically misunderstanding the statement? Thank you for the work that you do!!!

AeroZep · November 1, 2017 at 9:49 am

How likely is it that this investigation results in impeachment?

LibertyRhyme · November 1, 2017 at 9:49 am

Hey Natasha, thanks for doing this AMA.

How do you feel about people like Louise Mensch and Claude Taylor? It seems like their sources on the investigation have gotten some pretty gigantic elements of the Trump-Russia investigation right months before the traditional media even began investigating it and I wanted to ask how you compare their raw intel reporting against the job the traditional media has been doing to cover the story.

Do you think the traditional media has been too resistant to covering this story? Why/Why not?

NosVemos · November 1, 2017 at 9:49 am

> “There’s two people I think Putin pays: Rohrabacher and Trump,” McCarthy (R-Calif.) said, according to a recording of the June 15, 2016, exchange

> Ryan instructed his Republican lieutenants to keep the conversation private, saying: “No leaks. . . . This is how we know we’re a real family here.”

I want answers about this exchange because these words that they use are nothing short of treason.

What do you know about this subject?

edit:

Paul Ryan’s opponents for Wisconson Senate

[Cathy Myers](https://cathymyersforcongress.com/issues/)

[Randy Bryce](https://randybryceforcongress.com/why-im-running/)

Rohrabacher’s opponents

[48th Congressional District, 2018 Primary Election](https://www.crowdpac.com/races/2018/ca/federal/house/48)

MaximumEffort433 · November 1, 2017 at 9:49 am

Natasha, thank you for doing this AMA!

(I’m kind of long winded, so I’ll mark my question at the bottom.)

If you’ll pardon my french, huge portions of the right-wing media have recently gone batshit crazy, including the Wall Street Journal soliciting an op ed calling for Mueller to be fired, The Hill fanning the flames of the long dead Uranium One conspiracy theory, and Fox News’ extensive coverage of the cheeseburger emoji (Also Fox News’ propagation of various evidence-free scandals involving the Clintons, but I digress.)

Political discourse, *especially* as it concerns Russia, has become remarkably difficult over the past several years, but it seems like it’s peaking now: Individuals are no longer making decisions or drawing conclusions based on the same sets of facts. To coin a phrase, one side of the spectrum has become a kind of political bunker in a way the other side hasn’t. Many Trump supporters were quite surprised when Hillary Clinton wasn’t indicted on Monday morning.

My question: What are some of the more unique or interesting misconceptions you’ve come across during your reporting, and how have conservative readers reacted to this story?

a_name_eman_a · November 1, 2017 at 9:49 am

Why is Josh Barro still involved? His attempts to defame Hillary during the election will not be forgotten

He tweeted a gold star to Hilary when she was ill with walking pneumonia

http://i.imgur.com/YTdDROk.jpg

Edit here are some more examples of Josh Barro being an insufferable twatwaffle

http://www.businessinsider.com/liberals-can-win-if-they-stop-being-so-annoying-2017-7

https://twitter.com/jbarro/status/774715627982483456

Then he switched fucking parties and pretends to be a mouth for democrats

He has the gall to claim liberals hate working people
http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/liberals-cant-convincingly-pretend-they-dont-have-contempt-for-the-working-class/article/2629080

aubonpaine · November 1, 2017 at 9:49 am

Natasha, your coverage has been wonderful. What’s your take on the alleged offer of a stake in Rosneft outlined in the dossier, the sale of a similar stake in Rosneft to Glencore/Qatar and the [subsequent sale to CEFC China Energy](https://www.reuters.com/article/us-rosneft-cefc-glencore/china-invests-9-1-billion-in-rosneft-as-glencore-qatar-cut-stakes-idUSKCN1BJ1HT) during the Qatar crisis?

mrspaniel · November 1, 2017 at 9:49 am

Why are reporters always tossing softballs to these lying bastards in office? Why not get in their faces with facts – fucking enough with the bullshit

charish · November 1, 2017 at 9:49 am

Hi Natasha! First I want to say that I’ve been loving your work and coverage during this whole fiasco that has, at least for this year, become a temporary norm.

Forgive the poor wording of this, but we know of a slew of instances that folks within or close to Trump’s orbit where they tried to reach out to Russian officials for some type of seemingly quid-pro-quo for apparently different things:

1) Kushner’s attempt at establishing a back-channel to the Russians bypassing the IC,

2) The Trump Tower meeting with Jr., Manafort, Kushner, Rinat, and Veselnitskya (sp?) — I’m sure I’m probably missing some names on that list,

3) Michael Cohen and Felix Sater trying to push through the Trump Tower Moscow deal,

4) Prince’s meeting in Seychelles,

5) Manafort offering to brief Deripaska on the campaign,

6) Sessions’ alleged meetings with Russian foreign officials like Kislyak,

7) Carter Page meeting with officials from Rosneft,

8) George Papadopolous’ attempts to meet with Russian officials

And these are the ones that I can remember. With all these communications, do you see them as haphazard attempts by the campaign and other Trump associates or do you see them as being coordinated somehow with how many ways they tried to establish a line to the Kremlin?

dr_everlong · November 1, 2017 at 9:49 am

1. I follow you on twitter, and think NY Times would be wise to pick you up!
2. Are John Kelly’s comments from yesterday a reflection of generally who he is? It seems all the stories used to be that he is the adult in the room with a heavy burden to watch over Trump.
3. John Podesta caused a huge scandal in Romania last year when his emails came out, because he was involved in lobbying for a pro-russian party in 2011-2012, and for deposing a sitting western backed president. How common is it for DC lobbyists to work against American interests?

vonnegutsdoodle · November 1, 2017 at 9:49 am

Have you noticed a shift in Mueller’s relationship with the media since yesterday?

He went from a tight leakless ship, to actually making announcements.

Is this now an approachable entity for journalists?

cruderudite · November 1, 2017 at 9:49 am

Natasha, what do you make of RT co-opting well known media figures such as Larry King, Jesse Ventura, and Ed Schulz? Why would these people essentially turn on their own country? Is it just as simple as money or to be in a (small) spotlight? How can we best counter the danger of famous Americans pushing (or at least legitimatizing the network of) pro Russian propaganda to fellow citizens who may be unaware that RT is Russian state run media.

regularclump · November 1, 2017 at 9:49 am

I was impressed that Assange went out of his way to insult you on twitter. That’s how you know that your reporting is effective. How does it feel to be attacked by all these prominent people? How often are you threatened? Thanks for your work – you’re one of the best to follow on twitter in regards to Trump-Russia.

MyNameIsRay · November 1, 2017 at 9:49 am

Do you or your associates have a protocol for addressing fake news?

EX: Directly address it, ignore it and put out the truth, call them fake news and ask about Obama, etc?

alltheprettybunnies · November 1, 2017 at 9:49 am

“Conspiracy against the US…” is a broad term. I read the charges against Manafort & Gates yesterday with great interest. Do you know if they plan on charging any in the Trump administration with offenses against the people of the United States and what that kind of language might look like if they do?

I want to see someone verbally backhand Putin.

Myownpolithrowaway · November 1, 2017 at 9:49 am

Hi Natasha,

Yesterday while the indictments were huge news, there was also a hearing about the current overuse of the AUMF in overseas engagements, and how that may be used by the administration as yet another method of inappropriate cronyism. There was also a discussion about how the current AUMF could be used to justify an unwelcome American presence in many foreign countries, and even a pre-emptive military strike without Congressional advisement or support.

Is there any fear in Washington, from your point of view, that the President could attempt to retaliate against the investigation and the American people by, say, attempting to scuttle major foreign trade agreements, or pre-emptively declaring nuclear war?

MIUfish · November 1, 2017 at 9:49 am

How do you expect this to play out? Do you think Trump will resign or will it be full-on impeachment or 25th?

_entomo · November 1, 2017 at 9:49 am

What will happen if Trump pardons Manifort, Papadopoulos, and Gates?

RayWencube · November 1, 2017 at 9:49 am

With the unsealing of the guilty plea by Papadopoulos that was kept secret in order to prevent people from refusing to talk to investigators, do you believe the investigation is effectively over? Specifically, do you believe the investigations into Manafort and Gates were the “broad investigation” of which the Papadopoulos case was one small part? Or should we expect more to come?

BamboozleConnoisseur · November 1, 2017 at 9:49 am

Is this right?

The Papadopoulos e-mails paint a very complete picture together with the dossier and with the known information:

* In April, Papadopoulos went to London and [discussed](https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/30/us/politics/george-papadopoulos-russia.html) the hacked e-mails with the professor, a month *before* anyone else knew about them
* He tries to get the campaign to send someone there to deal with Putin. Manafort says that it will have to be someone [low-level](http://www.businessinsider.com/trump-campaign-george-papadopoulos-low-level-russia-manafort-gates-2017-10), *not* Trump.
* In July, they send Carter Page to Moscow. He makes a deal with Putin: Putin gets sanctions relief, Trump gets election help and a brokerage fee of the sale of the 19% stake in Rosneft (according to the [dossier](http://www.businessinsider.com/carter-page-trump-russia-igor-sechin-dossier-2017-1)). Putin says he wants a personal confirmation from Trump that the deal is a go.
* On July 27, Trump looks into the camera and [says](https://youtu.be/ZnY7D4M4k68?t=49), “Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find Hillary Clinton’s 30,000 e-mails.” That was the ‘yes.’
* December: 19.5% of Rosneft [vanishes](https://www.reuters.com/article/us-russia-rosneft-privatisation-insight/how-russia-sold-its-oil-jewel-without-saying-who-bought-it-idUSKBN1582OH) in a sell-off to a group of anonymous shell corporations.

Edit: First two bullet points aside, this isn’t particularly new to people who have been following the story closely. The idea that Trump’s “joke” was actually a “yes” was discussed on /r/RussiaLago months ago. Sorry about the plug, but everyone should subscribe! Our motto is “All of the conspiracy, none of the pizza.”

GaimeGuy · November 1, 2017 at 9:49 am

Why do reporters such as yourself consistently refuse to use the harshest language to refer to Trump’s transgressions?

For instance, when it came out that Donald Trump had violated trade embargos with Cuba, I would expect a place like Business Insider to come out swinging. When you get past the simple, commonly known legally impermissible activities like traffic violations, forgery, drugs, theft, assault, murder, and so on, I don’t think there are any laws hammered into the public conscience as much as export controls. Everyone knows about the Cuban Missile Crisis, and the trade embargo with Cuba. Anyone who has ever worked at a company which operates internationally will have taken export control training. The first thing anyone asks themselves when doing business with or in another country is “What are the laws not only in the target nation about conducting business there, but in my own nation about conducting business there?”

So, when it came out that one of the two major candidates for US president violated a US trade embargo with Cuba, what did Business Insider, an American news website which particularly focuses on finance and business, do?

This: http://www.businessinsider.com/clinton-campaign-trump-cuba-statement-2016-9

There was no condemnation. There was no analysis of the actions by Business Insider or call to action. Just more of the “It has been reported,” “he said, she said,” monotone delivery of information without any due consideration for the severity of the allegations.

Why do you all continue to try to remove any sense of urgency from your journalistic activities?

There is a reason why the US Constitution protects, and the American conscience values, the free press; It is essential to inform the public. It is the most commonly recognized portion of the Fourth Estate, the segment of society that wields an indirect but significant influence even though it is not a formally recognized part of the political system. It keeps the government in check and can urge the public to action.

So… why do you continue to downplay these events? Here we are, just a tad over 9 months into Donald Trump’s presidency, and the US stands as the only nation, aside from one that is literally embroiled in a civil war, to not be part of the Paris Climate Agreement. We are on the bring of nuclear proliferation in the middle east because America is refusing to honor its diplomatic agreements. Pending Trans-pacific trade agreements involving the US have been cancelled, and existing north atlantic trade agreements are in the process of being dismantled. And the President of the United States continues to sew chaos in the business world through uncertainty, rhetoric, and policy.

Yet, you refuse to call for removal from office. You refuse to declare that the republic is in danger. I firmly believe that as journalists, it is your duty to not just tell the public what is happening, but to explain exactly how dangerous it is and why the public should be concerned, by drawing upon the lessons of history and the wisdom of contemporary experts. This is not injecting your opinion into the political discourse – it’s keeping the public aware about context.

You raised a stink about Benghazi, and neglected to mention just how common embassy attacks are, and how they are a known risk of every state department worker who chooses to conduct diplomatic operations deep within foreign territory that is, or could be, hostile at any moment. Consequently, tens of millions of Americans came to believe that an attack on a diplomatic compound was an abnormality, a scandal, a controversy. And this entire country, no, this entire world, has suffered because of those implications.

You need to hold people to the fire and call out improper conduct. If your executives do not allow you to tell the public when something is wrong, then you need to use the power of the pen to target those very executives.

For the sake of humanity, embrace your journalistic duty to steer the public in the right direction. If you did, maybe we wouldn’t have the problem of Nazis marching in the streets and mowing down people with their cars. Maybe we could start holding public officials legally accountable for having been calling for protesters to be run over for several years now (At least since the Occupy Wall Street movement), and for it now happening on several high profile instances in 2017. Maybe juries wouldn’t consistently acquit civil servants of charges relating to homicidal actions.

It disgusts me that you are so averse to calling out injustice that you wind up normalizing evil while informing the public of its very existence.

kodefuguru · November 1, 2017 at 9:49 am

Is anyone looking into what appear to be rather obvious Russian propagandists like Ray McGovern and Patrick Lawrence, two of the three preselected questioners at Flynn’s RT Gala session?

adam_demamps_wingman · November 1, 2017 at 9:49 am

Are there major veins of investigation that lead away from the Trump administration and campaign to other major figures? For example, Reince Priebus was the head of the Republican National Committee. Is there a possibility that Priebus put the GOP itself in criminal activity via Russian interference?

mpv81 · November 1, 2017 at 9:49 am

What is the end game, in your opinion?

Do you believe that the evidence will be strong enough to overcome the entrenched nature of Washington Republican’s willful ignorance?

*Also, thank you for your work. Business Insider has done a great job of covering this crazy administration.

aresef · November 1, 2017 at 9:49 am

I’m in the media, at a local news-talker, and I deal with a lot of listeners who believe there’s no there there and would rather talk about Uranium One. What do you say to people who, like the president, downplay the investigations into the Russia issue as a witch hunt, excuse, farce, whatever despite the fact that the intelligence community says with high confidence that Russia interfered in our election, despite the admissions now in George Papadopoulos’ plea deal?

Bannon is said to be in Trump’s ear telling him to defund the special counsel’s office. Is that something he could do, and is that something that you think would cause Congress to take action to protect Mueller’s investigation? What is Congress’ red line on the special counsel and what does it say that virtually no Republican member of Congress was willing to speak up for Trump yesterday?

Creddit999 · November 1, 2017 at 9:49 am

Thanks for doing this AMA. I would like your thoughts on whether or not press has been aggressive enough with the GOP, who seems insistent on looking the other way while we have an overwhelming number of “connection”s between this administration and Russia?

Zoophagous · November 1, 2017 at 9:49 am

Hi Natasha,

Enjoy your work, both print and tv.

My question is about the rumored story WaPo has. Are you aware of the story? Is it really a smoking gun? Any idea why they’re sitting on it (assuming it actually exists).

Thanks!

Spartacus275 · November 1, 2017 at 9:49 am

Dear Natasha, I always enjoy your work very much. It is impossible for me to understand why some members the GOP, which has been staunchly anti-Russian over many years, just seem to accept the fact that their President likes to be warm and fuzzy with Putin. Although I do get their ambition to stay in Congress and therefore they do not want to upset the Trump base/cult what do you think it will take for them to stand up and say “we do not approve of the POTUS denying the fact that Russia hacked our election and he is way too cozy with Putin? BTW-Any word on when the new Russian sanctions will be put into law as you know the deadline was October 1st. Thank you for your reply.

time4donuts · November 1, 2017 at 9:49 am

Most of the charges against Manafort related to tax avoidance: he earned money overseas, did not report it to the IRS, used shell companies to purchase US properties, then took out mortgages using those properties as collateral.

Questions:

Why does the indictment not mention the Trump Tower condo Manafort purchased via shell company in 2006? Do you think this was a strategic decision by team Mueller?

Did Trump know these shady transactions were occurring at Trump-owned properties? How long has this been going on?

When does Trump Corporation (or members of TC) become a co-conspirator in the tax avoidance/money-laundering scheme?

tonygwu · November 1, 2017 at 9:49 am

What prevents Trump from pulling a Scooter Lobby type deal where he tells Manafort and Gates “stay silent, don’t cooperate, and I’ll make sure in 2020 when I’m a lame duck I’ll commute your sentence”.

Searingm1 · November 1, 2017 at 9:49 am

Do you think this investigation is changing the media? Where do you see the state of the media and journalism as a whole when all set and done?

sparta1170 · November 1, 2017 at 9:49 am

When pursuing leads or meeting up with a source, do you have to take precautions? (I.e taking different taxis, switching trains etc.)

mjs4x6 · November 1, 2017 at 9:49 am

Where has Priebus been since he was let go? We have not heard much from him. Could it be that he was also secretly arrested?

Southernjewel · November 1, 2017 at 9:49 am

I’ve been following you for quite some time on Twitter and wanted you to tell you thank you 1,000 times over.

altfactsarepeopletoo · November 1, 2017 at 9:49 am

Is it against the law for a president to offer blanket pardons in exchange for silence from co-conspirators?

NChSh · November 1, 2017 at 9:49 am

We knew before that Kushner and Flynn tried to set up a secret back channel to the Russians in December, after most of these meetings in the indictments. The White House admitted that Kushner was there in March. That looks even weirder now, the Russians weren’t working fast enough for Trump’s team?

Dear_Occupant · November 1, 2017 at 9:49 am

What do you think is the significance of the fact that Manafort’s attorney was compelled to testify under the crime-fraud exception to attorney-client privilege? That seems like a very juicy tidbit of information that came out yesterday that hasn’t really been explored at much length in the media.

turbojethellion · November 1, 2017 at 9:49 am

What are your thoughts on the “Smoke seen pouring from Russian consulate in San Francisco” back in September?
http://www.businessinsider.com/ap-smoke-seen-pouring-from-russian-consulate-in-san-francisco-2017-9

gamefaqs_astrophys · November 1, 2017 at 9:49 am

Great job for taking on the criminal Trump administration! Those who are tearing down their lies and exposing their crimes are heroes for this country!

jmkni · November 1, 2017 at 9:49 am

What do you know about George Papadopoulos’ activities over the past couple of months? Do you have any idea who he may have interacted with between beginning to co-operate with the FBI and yesterday?

reatest · November 1, 2017 at 9:49 am

Is there any speculation to who purchased the 19.5% of rosneft? If Trump got the finders fee, it seems like someone else close to him must have bought it. It makes me think Mercers / Scamway folk

caishenlaidao · November 1, 2017 at 9:49 am

Do you think anymore indictments are coming? I’ve read elsewhere that there were four sealed indictments but we only saw two unsealed yesterday.

Could one of them be Flynn? Or maybe Page?

6a21hy1e · November 1, 2017 at 9:49 am

With this being so much of a public shitshow, how did the media not catch wind of Papadopoulos’ arrest? How does someone like him get arrested and no one know about it, even his allies?

_Alvin_Row_ · November 1, 2017 at 9:49 am

Don’t really have a question, just wanted to say I love your work. You’ve been my favorite follow through the entire investigation, along with Betsy Woodruff. Keep it up!

howdoesitdolikethat · November 1, 2017 at 9:49 am

Whats it like being a journalist trying to make a story out of an entirely fabricated piece of propaganda and are you consciously aware of your part in lying to the public?

dust_wind · November 1, 2017 at 9:49 am

Three questions:

1. Do you think the infamous pee tape exists?

2. How was the Rise of Germany?

3. Where can I get one of those sweet Business Insider glass cups?

awkward___question · November 1, 2017 at 9:49 am

Aside from voting out the bums, how can average citizens help to prevent the situation for journalists in the USA devolving to become like it in Russia?

Atheose_Writing · November 1, 2017 at 9:49 am

Thanks for doing this AMA!

How often are you contacted by someone (law enforcement, investigators) and asked to hold off or delay publishing a story?

WhatsThatSmellLike · November 1, 2017 at 9:49 am

Hi Natasha congrats on all the well deserved success.

Curious about the timeline. It seems weird that on March 31, 2016 in that NatSec meeting in which Sessions was the head of Papadopoulos said he had contacts w/ the Kremlin. Trumps team claims they shot it down.

Reporting shows that Kushner in April 2016 apparently had a phone call or communications w/ Kislyak. Then on April 27, 2016 during the Mayflower Hotek speech Kislyak shows up sitting up front. An instance that Sessions keeps getting caught lying about.

Just curious if you know of anyone looking into that March 31st meeting. Seems weird that Carter Page was personally named a short time prior to the meeting but wasn’t pictured even though the members of that NatSec team supposedly only met that one time.

Also wasn’t Papadopoulos kept on after they disbanded that NatSec team a few months later? Seems weird that on March 31 they claim they shot it all down then 27 days later on April 27th something happened at the Mayflower Hotel that caused Sessions to lie under oath multiple times.

ShaketheGhozt · November 1, 2017 at 9:49 am

Not a question but a comment. Love your rag. Axios and B.I. are like air for people who still like real reporters who really report these days.

saa91 · November 1, 2017 at 9:49 am

Hello Natasha, wanted to let you know that I’ve been thoroughly enjoying your work. Your work has definitely positively impacted the brand of Business Insider – testament to how influential your work has been.

I was wondering if you think there will be any significance to the timing of Papadopolous’ email on Apr. 27th and the fact that Trump also had his first foreign policy speech arranged that day. I find it so odd how that event was hosted by a think tank with strong Russian links and that ambassadors of 3/4 countries that are known to be involved in the Rosneft deal were invited that day.

(Sources:

Attendees: https://cftni.org/recent-events/donald-trump-delivers-foreign-policy-speech/

Nixon Center getting Russian money since 2006: https://wikileaks.org/gifiles/docs/29/297851_-analytical-and-intelligence-comments-ukraine-back-tracking.html

How Nixon Center changed it’s name to become CNI: https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/nixon-center-becomes-center-for-the-national-interest-117654558.html
)

xxFiaSc0 · November 1, 2017 at 9:49 am

If Mueller’s investigation is supposed to be limited to Trump-Russia, why do these indictments not mention the Trump or his campaign not once?

badfordabidness · November 1, 2017 at 9:49 am

Have you informed the Special Counsel’s office that the President’s lawyer threatened your life via drone strike? Are you pursuing charges?

boredatw0rk_ · November 1, 2017 at 9:49 am

How do you folks deal with morale in a world that’s being purposefully manipulated to take a cynical view towards objective reporting?

sophistry13 · November 1, 2017 at 9:49 am

Hi Natasha. Been following you on twitter for a while now and wanted to say thanks for being one of the few people in the media on understanding the massive scale of Russian meddling. It seems to be slowly filtering through to other media outlets.

I want to ask about how you think Mueller’s case might impact Brexit? The Farage ties with Mercer and Cambridge Analytica and bannon etc are not really getting much attention in the UK media at the moment. I know Louise Mensch, who reported that Farage is under sealed indictment for espionage, and Carole Cadwalladr has been writing for The Guardian but other than that there isn’t much reporting about how Russian meddling in Brexit was a sort of trial run for US election interference. Do you think the scandal will spread here and a Mueller style investigation opened up into Russian meddling with Brexit?

Racecarlock · November 1, 2017 at 9:49 am

How often do you have to do a double take and realize that you are not in an SNL skit and that this is real life?

kinkgirlwriter · November 1, 2017 at 9:49 am

With so much of the Trump-Russia relationship over the years involving questionable Russian cash and high price condos, the money laundering indictments yesterday of campaign members, Vaselnitskiya’s meeting with Jr. and company, plus Russia’s obvious boner for overturning Magnitsky Act sanctions, why has so little been made of the firing of Bharara and the Prevezon settlement?

Has nobody been able to trace a direct line between any of the stolen $230 million that eventually lead to the Magnitsky sanctions, and any of the high dollar real estate players in Trump’s orbit? The Prevezon case was all about money laundering and Manhattan real estate. I would find it rather stunning if no connections existed beyond one of the lawyers for the defense meeting with Jr.

AlexKingstonsGigolo · November 1, 2017 at 9:49 am

What do you make of the reports there are 4 unsealed indictments in between those of Manafort and Gates?

font9a · November 1, 2017 at 9:49 am

Good job, Natasha. Thank you for your dedication and hard work. I have been impressed by BI’s coverage.

PurpleBandit3000 · November 1, 2017 at 9:49 am

I don’t have any questions but I want to thank you for doing this. You’ve clarified a lot of doubts. 🙂

moishew · November 1, 2017 at 9:49 am

Can Mueller request an injunction or something from a judge just Incase Trump tries to fire him?

omicronperseiVIII · November 1, 2017 at 9:49 am

What is it like being attacked by Julian Assange? Do you think he has a problem with women?

Yourstruly75 · November 1, 2017 at 9:49 am

There’s a lot of talk among Trump supporters about the deep state wanting to remove the current administration. Considering the level of craziness coming from that corner, it’s easy to dismiss this as tinfoil hat conspiracy. But during the transition and throughout his first year there has been clear friction between the office of the presidency and other sectors of government, such as the FBI, the CIA, a significant amount of judges, etc.

So what do you think about the role of the state bureaucracy in Trump’s presidency, and how do we guard against its special interests in this dangerous period, especially the security apparatus?

rpachter · November 1, 2017 at 9:49 am

Good morning! When do you think the next batch of sealed indictments will be unsealed?

MaimedJester · November 1, 2017 at 9:49 am

Would you believe a Russian spy would be stupid Enough to have a Twitter? Enter [Veselnitskya’s Twitter](https://mobile.twitter.com/kamerton_info?lang=en)

So just like Padapolous giving away he was in England last week on social media, I wanted to see if she gives away location during the time frame of the Papadapolous meeting with Russian Woman in England. She’s smart enough to have geolocating off, but not smart enough to not complain about personal arguments with Bill Browder who resided in England during the timeframe of late March/early April when the Papadapolous meeting took place in England.

LVenemy · November 1, 2017 at 9:49 am

How are republicans going to blame all of trump administrations troubles on gay mexican liberals ?

shaokim · November 1, 2017 at 9:49 am

– If there was criminal collusion with the Russians, do you think the people who were “in the know” about it were limited to the Trump campaign team?

– With the Manafort and Gates indictments, Mueller has shown intent to prosecute any crimes that might come up in his inquiry, even if they’re not directly linked to the Russian election meddling controversy. How far into the past do you think he will look? Will he use the special counsel to investigate other potential crimes in the Trump entourage, for example his hitherto only rumoured dealings in the past with Russian organized crime?

craftyrafter · November 1, 2017 at 9:49 am

I have more of a general question. What happens when you catch someone like SHS or previously Spicer during a press briefing on a lie. It seems like they just brush it off and keep going with the narrative, but is there anything else that happens as a result? Specifically, SHS insisting that Papadaolous was a low level volunteer and that Trump didn’t remember him are pretty obvious lies, but is there any consequences for SHS insisting on it?

Also, in your opinion, which of Trump’s lawyers know what they are doing and which are just there to prop him up as surrogates?

And lastly, if you could score an interview with anyone in the administration or from the campaign right now, who would it be and why?

Bronco_Corgi · November 1, 2017 at 9:49 am

Hi Natasha,

I’m not a political junkie but I am a studier of humans. I realize it would be unprecedented, but what are the potential after effects if Trump decided to do a ‘Saturday Night Massacre’ and have Mueller fired? I’m looking at the people in congress, and I don’t see any of them willing to stand up and consider impeachment like they were heading towards with Nixon. I see Trump getting away with firing Mueller almost unscathed. What do you see as the likely outcome if Trump becomes desperate enough to pull that move?

bobtheborg · November 1, 2017 at 9:49 am

What will prevent Trump from passing out pardons like Christmas presents once Mueller’s investigation concludes?

Drink_Grog · November 1, 2017 at 9:49 am

What were the top reporter discussions after yesterday’s WH briefing?

mcnulty32 · November 1, 2017 at 9:49 am

Can you please prepare an article comparing the evidence against Trump collusion vs. the evidence of Hillary’s mishandling of Benghazi or her emails? I don’t think the media is calling out Republicans enough for how they used little to no evidence to support their concrete belief of her guilt, screaming wildly about emails as if the issue was treason, but now in the face of hard evidence of actual treason, they’re acting like Trump and co. have done little more than misplace a few emails.

TrumpRusConspiracy · November 1, 2017 at 9:49 am

How difficult is it to find sources and get them to open up to you?

halsgoldenring · November 1, 2017 at 9:49 am

Do you ever just take what Trump says and look for the opposite? Example: Trump said the hacking may have been done by a 400 pound nerd. Does that directly lead to Roger Stone? (the physique-conscious Nixon acolyte)

Or maybe just look at what he accuses others of doing and look for that in his administration?

I ask because they seem to be the two biggest and most obvious ways in which Trump lies: either saying the opposite or projecting what he has done on to others.

deadin_tx · November 1, 2017 at 9:49 am

Good morning Natasha,

Thank you for all of your excellent reporting on this issue for the past year or more- we have watched you intently in my home on both Chris Hayes and Joy’s shows and you have been amazing.
My question – Do you think by the time we get to the end of this whole mess that Brad Parscale and the Mercer’s/CA have any chance of being indicted for their roles in the direct targeting of voters or directing the Russians to do the same?

ObsidianOrangutan · November 1, 2017 at 9:49 am

Slight tangent, how did you get into your line of work?

shivanshsr · November 1, 2017 at 9:49 am

Can a president pardon himself if accused of treason?

A_man_for_passion · November 1, 2017 at 9:49 am

Thank you so much for covering this faithfully. My question is: do you think that Mueller’s team is doing hard tracing of currencies that, in my opinion, are almost certainly CURRENTLY being laundered from Russian Oligarchs through Trump organizations?

Have you tracked the money laundering elements of Trump-Russia yet, and how Putin has The Orange One by his tiny balls?

MN_hydroplane · November 1, 2017 at 9:49 am

There is a lot of talk about the mechanics of the investigation and Mueller’s strategy with certain high-level officials. But I’m curious as to the mood in Washington right now. D.C. is such a fascinating place. Is there a great deal of pessimism? Fear? Anger? How have those not directly involved in the investigation been reacting to the situation?

mcnulty32 · November 1, 2017 at 9:49 am

Is anyone looking into the multiple deaths of Russians that was once cited during an early hearing on the Russia fiasco? There was something about ambassadors and other government figures dying within a relatively close time period and under strange circumstances, and I was very surprised when a guy from GW testifying mentioned it during a hearing.

Flatpackfurniture33 · November 1, 2017 at 9:49 am

Hi Natasha,

I feel like many people miss an important hero in this investigation. We should all be thanking Rod Rosenstein (a republican) for starting this investigation in the first place.

This isn’t a party issue (even though many republicans refused to start an investigation) Without Rod we would all be relying on the Senate investigation.

woowoodoc · November 1, 2017 at 9:49 am

A lot of the focus regarding yesterday’s indictments has been (rightfully) on Paul Manafort but, in relation to Trump, Richard Gates spent more time with the campaign and remained within the Trump orbit into 2017.

(1) How much do we know about Gates and (2) is it possible that Manafort was the least consequential of the 3 folks named yesterday?

immoral_hazard · November 1, 2017 at 9:49 am

Good Morning Natasha,

How do you foresee future indictments being unsealed? I assume Flynn has to know it is just a matter of time before he is indicted; any thoughts on when his or others will drop? Do you see the Mueller investigation continuing to expand into entities such as Facebook?

Up for a drink next time you are in Minneapolis?

On3Las7Stand · November 1, 2017 at 9:49 am

Most the things that i have seen about Mueller’s indictments is about Paul Manafort, can you tell me more about who George Papadopoulos is? More specifically, can you tell me more about who this “Professor” is that he had communicated with, what the person told or gave Papadopoulos, and how that information was used during/after the election?

Ghanzos · November 1, 2017 at 9:49 am

Hi Natasha, just a quick question. In the past couple of weeks there have been Republicans (who aren’t running for re-election) coming out against Donald Trump and his administration. In light of the recent indictments, how long before someone like Paul Ryan says something like “conspiracy against the US is bad” or something to that effect?

cablecore · November 1, 2017 at 9:49 am

why is businessinsider such a clickbaity site?

sam_oh · November 1, 2017 at 9:49 am

Have any of the Nevertrump folks you interviewed inspired in you the belief that they will rise from the ashes of this? It is a foregone conclusion in my mind that whatever happens, the Republican Party is committing literal political suicide. Do you think a First Order of sorts (to channel Star Wars) will emerge among them?

mowotlarx · November 1, 2017 at 9:49 am

How coordinated is the GOP counter-strategy to push back on the Russian investigation? What kind of messaging are they getting from the RNC to avoid the controversy? We’re seeing a lot of coordinated efforts from media talking heads regarding the “fake news” Uranium conspiracy; Has that been circulating among legislators too?

TheRealIsNow · November 1, 2017 at 9:49 am

Do you think with the information revealed in the indictments this week that there will be more openness on the part of Deutsche Bank in providing financial transactions related to questions of whether or not they provided cover for money laundering coming out of Russia and whether it found its way into the election cycle?

The_Bill_Murray · November 1, 2017 at 9:49 am

Why do you believe the Trump campaign hired Manafort to work on his presidential campaign? Manafort’s experience advising George H.W. Bush and Bob Dole in their presidential runs? Manafort’s Russian connections?

Do you think Trump even knew of Manafort’s Ukrainian/Russian connections when first brought on the campaign?

Darth_Redditor · November 1, 2017 at 9:49 am

Hi Natasha. Great work on this huge story. It’s clear that you have a handle on the facts from your print and TV appearances. You have a “Woodward and Bernstein” vibe.

My question: Why do reporters let SHS get away with her lies during the White House press briefings? Would you call her out? What would you ask her?

mei9ji · November 1, 2017 at 9:49 am

How much or little do you feel that this investigation parallels Watergate? Also, what would you say in response to the indictment of Manafort being for alleged crimes he committed prior to the campaign and is out of the scope of the Russia investigation?

Thanks for taking time from your busy schedule to do this AMA.

lurkity_mclurkington · November 1, 2017 at 9:49 am

The Manafort and Gates indictment was stamped as “Indictment (B)”. That logically suggests there is an Indictment (A) also filed and sealed with the same court.

Who, in your professional opinion, could an Indictment (A) be for and do you think Mueller is keeping that as an ace in his pocket until the time is right?

cyborgnyc · November 1, 2017 at 9:49 am

If Mueller’s investigation plays out to the extreme that many are hoping for (removal or resignation of Trump possibly Pence et al), how is our government going to function? Who is in charge of planning for this eventuality and isn’t this certainly an urgent matter of national security at this point?

ElPlywood · November 1, 2017 at 9:49 am

Why don’t journalists craft the hell out of a question, WRITE IT DOWN, and READ IT instead of winging it and messing it up?

So much time is wasted by these moronic questions that are easily brushed aside because they’re garbage.

Journalists have all day and night to think of concise questions, so why are so many questions such garbage?

groovy_giraffe · November 1, 2017 at 9:49 am

As a journalist, is there any other journalist (living or dead) you would like to “fly on the wall” observe as they did your job?

After reading Fear and Loathing on the 72 campaign trial by Hunter S Thompson, I found myself desperately wishing there was a gonzo reporter following trumps drama.

felandath · November 1, 2017 at 9:49 am

Hi Natasha. You have been constantly ahead of the news. Your fantastic work has helped give shape and structure to what is a complex story. Keep up the excellent work!

My question is – Aside from yesterday, which for you was the biggest news story to break in the whole collusion investigation?

Taniwha_NZ · November 1, 2017 at 9:49 am

A day or two ago I saw you on The Last Word on MSNBC, which Joy Reid was hosting in place of Lawrence O’Donnell.

She kept pronouncing your name as Ber*trand* instead of *Ber*trand. It sounded pretty weird but it’s not like Joy to get something like that wrong.

Which is it?

ObsidianOrangutan · November 1, 2017 at 9:49 am

A recurring theme in a lot of commentary is that impeachment is primarily a political matter. ~So do you think its plasible that republicans will turn against Trumo in sufficient numbers to make it feasible, or would it be contingent on demcratics doing wel in the midterms?

Hartastic · November 1, 2017 at 9:49 am

Given that many Americans seem largely in denial about this investigation (I’ve been told several times in the last week that this is *really* about nailing Hillary and the DNC), how can reporters or even normal people break through the malaise of “alternate facts”?

xSoVi3tx · November 1, 2017 at 9:49 am

What were your thoughts on Sanders opening the press briefing with a joke, and zany story about free beer and tax reform?

Also, what were your thoughts on Trump going silent on Twitter after shooting his mouth off, after the Papadopoulos indictment was revealed?

hnglmkrnglbrry · November 1, 2017 at 9:49 am

I know this is pretty macabre, but do you think allowing Manafort and Gates to not be in custody is safe? It seems like the people that they could potentially implicate fromnthese charges are heavily involved in the criminal world and could pose a danger.

ClarkJKent · November 1, 2017 at 9:49 am

How does the meeting with Trumps’s national security committee at Trump’s International Hotel in D.C. on March 31, 2016 play into the connection between Trump to Papadopoulos and the knowledge of connecting with Russian representatives/operatives?

mrwhytfnot · November 1, 2017 at 9:49 am

Do GOP members/White House officials actually believe that they can lie all the time and think that we don’t know? I’m new to this politics stuff, but Conway, Kingston, T.Carlson, Gorka, etc. clearly don’t tell the truth and it’s just appalling.

FashionCop · November 1, 2017 at 9:49 am

More importantly, you got a man?

UnattendedQing · November 1, 2017 at 9:49 am

is there any reason why Clinton never used the dossier allegations as political weapon against Trump during the election?
it seems all this was there but no one reported it
maybe they thought they didnt need it because of the good polling?

thelightness · November 1, 2017 at 9:49 am

Hello Natasha! Thank you for doing this AMA.

What is the likelihood that the investigation will branch out into congress or the RNC? Paul Manafort’s notes from the Trump Tower meeting about donations make me wonder how deep this goes.

hitesh012 · November 1, 2017 at 9:49 am

Hi Natasha, thanks for doing this.

As a journalist how many “fake” sources or tips have you gotten, as I remember I believe it was an msnbc host who warned other news outlets and journalists to look out for fake tips and fake sources?

usernamy · November 1, 2017 at 9:49 am

Do you think there’s a possibility they already flipped Flynn? In my opinion he was easily the most slam dunk of the crew, so the fact that he wasn’t amongst the ranks of Manafort made me think the reason was that he made some deal.

TemetN · November 1, 2017 at 9:49 am

Two questions for you.

First, what should we be looking for in times to come that might clue us in on how the investigation is proceeding?

Second, do you think the other indictments between Papadopoulos and Manafort were related?

montecarlo1 · November 1, 2017 at 9:49 am

Within the legitimate journalist industry (excluding the Alex Jones of the world), is there any doubts of Robert Mueller’s intention? Is there any talk about Deep State at all?

I only ask because this what Trump supporters talk about most to deflect of the investigation.

Slaybird4 · November 1, 2017 at 9:49 am

My mom wants to ask.

Can. You ask her how far down in the administration does she think we will have to go to get our next president? In other words will Trump, Pence, and Ryan all be out? Who is next in line for succession….

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cam_man_can · November 1, 2017 at 9:49 am

It looks like the Trump administration’s authoritarian moment is on the verge of materializing by either pardoning everyone or firing Mueller. Do you expect more Congressional Republicans to speak out soon to prevent this?

SharkTonic9 · November 1, 2017 at 9:49 am

Why aren’t reporters asking SHS about Trump’s failure to implement the sanctions Congress overwhelmingly approved? I heard one reporter shout the question as she was leaving the podium, but it’s never brought up again.

Disrupturous · November 1, 2017 at 9:49 am

Ty Cobb is a hilarious name for a lawyer (look up the infamous baseball player)–please answer any or all questions. If Mueller finds collusion between Trump and Russian Nationals would you report it as collusion between Trump and the Russian government? How are reporters and those in government able to discern the difference between an anonymous Russian troll and able to attribute those actions to the Kremlin? What do you think of the news agencies RT and Sputnik?

KineticEngineer · November 1, 2017 at 9:49 am

Hey Natasha, congrats on the Charlie Rose show spot. You’ve been doing extremely impressive work, and I’m glad you’re getting recognition. (Also, you’re my #1 secret crush. OMG I love your brain!) Keep on keeping on!

counterconnect · November 1, 2017 at 9:49 am

I have no questions that someone else has not asked. I want to thank you for your efforts though! I hope there will be a time that, instead of being threatened, you are celebrated and respected for your work!

chets_meow · November 1, 2017 at 9:49 am

How the hell do correspondents sift through all of the lies that the WH press secretaries spew on a regular basis? Why aren’t the press secretaries held to a standard and called out for blatant deception?

Blarglephish · November 1, 2017 at 9:49 am

Based on your best estimates, what is the timeline for this investigation? Are we at the halfway point? Close to done? Should we expect a steady stream of new indictments or news in the days to follow?

sgSaysR · November 1, 2017 at 9:49 am

Hi Natasha,

Do you believe the upcoming Virginia elections will have an affect on the behavior of the Republican Caucus? At what point do you think they start to break from Trump en masse?

Thanks.

turningpro · November 1, 2017 at 9:49 am

Can you elaborate on your tweet last week – did it have anything to do with it being widely viewed as old news? “@NatashaBertrand: it’s official: Trump-Russia dossier Twitter is the worst Twitter”

ShiasHoboBeard · November 1, 2017 at 9:49 am

A lot of the stories you write seem to be about Russia or Trump these days. Does it get tiring to write about the same stories over and over again, without any significant developments in between?

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