As we approach the end of the year, there are still plenty of unanswered questions surrounding the Trump White House’s handling of the Russia probe.
The president has repeatedly denied that he colluded with Russia to interfere in the 2016 election.
Meanwhile, there’s still no indication of when his Justice Department will release the names of the top people who helped lead the probe.
And the probe continues to take a long time to get to the truth.
And with less than a month until the inauguration, we’ve still got questions about how it happened, what really happened and what will happen in the coming months.
That’s why we’ve compiled this list of the most pressing issues facing the Russia investigation.
Trump’s top political adviser and former national security adviser Michael Flynn has pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his contacts with Russian officials during the campaign.
Flynn was one of the Trump campaign’s top officials in Turkey, where he was a top surrogate.
But he was also a key Trump surrogate during the election.
The Justice Department is investigating former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, who has pleaded not guilty to charges he worked as an unofficial lobbyist for a pro-Russian Ukrainian politician.
New revelations about the role of former Trump National Security Adviser Michael Flynn in Russia lobbying.
Manafort, Trump’s former campaign chairman, is a key player in the investigation into whether Trump’s campaign and Russian government attempted to meddle in the U.S. election.
New developments in the FBI’s investigation into Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey.
The Trump administration has argued that Comey’s firing was a matter of political convenience, as well as a breach of the Hatch Act, a federal law that prohibits former presidents from interfering in an ongoing criminal investigation.
The Senate Intelligence Committee is investigating whether the Trump transition team improperly influenced a foreign government.
Trump has denied that the Russian government interfered in the election, but he’s also said that the election hacking was “fake news.”
Former Trump campaign aide Carter Page has pleaded no contest to lying about contacts with Russians.
Page is the former head of a pro, pro-Russia political party in Russia.
He worked for a Russian firm called Sputnik and served as an adviser to Russia’s foreign ministry, a Russian intelligence service and the Kremlin’s propaganda arm, the RT. 7.
Former Russian ambassador to the United States Sergey Kislyak has pleaded to lying under oath to the Senate Intelligence committee about his meetings with Trump officials.
He is a senior member of the Foreign Relations Committee, which is investigating Russia’s interference in the campaign and possible collusion between the Trump team and the Russian Government.
Trump fired FBI Director Robert Mueller.
Trump had been considering firing Mueller since the beginning of the investigation.
But Mueller’s team was conducting an investigation into alleged ties between Russia and the Trump Campaign, and the Justice Department had urged the White House not to fire Mueller.
A federal judge has ruled that the Trump camp should have to reveal the contents of an intercepted phone call between Trump and Russia’s ambassador to Washington, Sergey Kislyak.
The call, made on March 20, 2018, occurred just before Trump fired Mueller.
The FBI is also investigating Trump’s business dealings in Russia, and whether he obstructed justice by failing to disclose his financial disclosure forms.
The House Judiciary Committee is conducting a separate probe into Trump and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, about the sale of a Ukrainian-based real estate developer to a Russian investment fund.
The investigation, led by Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., was announced in February 2018.
The Department of Justice is investigating Russian efforts to interfere with the 2016 presidential election.
According to the Justice Report, an FBI investigation found that Russians engaged in a wide range of sophisticated cyberattacks, including spear phishing attacks and hacking of political organizations.
The report also noted that Russian hackers also sought to interfere into the 2016 race and to help elect Trump.
Former FBI Director Andrew McCabe has pleaded the Fifth Amendment and is cooperating with the House Intelligence Committee’s investigation.
McCabe was the deputy director for the Russia investigations at the time, and he also worked as deputy director of the FBI under President Trump.
He was fired in May 2017, just as Mueller’s investigation was nearing completion.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation is also conducting an independent investigation into Russian attempts to influence the election and whether there was any coordination between the campaign, Russian officials or members of Trump’s administration.
Trump and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer have agreed to work together on a deal to avoid a government shutdown over the Russia scandal.
But Senate Democrats have vowed to block any bill that could be considered by the Republican-controlled House, and Democrats will not allow a spending bill to pass without a full funding increase to fund the government.
Trump is still refusing to release his tax returns, a tactic he has used in the past.
Republicans have also refused to allow the release of the tax returns