The FBI Special Investigation into the "Russia Probe" -- what's next?

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Exactly nine months ago today, the Deputy Attorney General, Rod Rosenstein, appointed Robert Mueller, a former FBI Director, to serve as Special Counsel for the U.S. Dept. of Justice to oversee the investigation into "any links and / or coordination between Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump."

Then the hyperpartisanship ensued on Capitol Hill:
Earlier this month, the House Intelligence Committee, controlled by the Republicans, issued a four-page memorandum, entitled "FISA Abuses at the DOJ and FBI" (also known as the "Nunes Memo"). In response, the Democrats from the same Committee drafted a ten-page rebuttal memo, expected to be declassified on or about Feb. 10, 2018.

The time is now ripe to have a full discussion on the state of the FBI "Russia Probe." To that end, we'll be discussing the following:

- The alleged Russian election interference.
- The links between Pres. Trump's associates and Russian officials.
- The alleged collusion between Pres. Trump's campaign and Russian agents.
- The alleged Obstruction of justice.
- The ongoing financial investigations.
- Guilty pleas of Gen. Flynn and George Papadopoulos.
- Indictments of Paul Manafort and Robert Gates.
- Finally, the "known knowns" and the "unknown unknowns."

As usual, we'll set aside the unnecessary hyperpartisanship bickering, and critically examine the concrete, irrefutable FACTS in analyzing the current state of this Special Investigation.