This July, as Trump was awaiting tea with Britain’s Queen Elizabeth at the UK royal family’s Windsor Castle home, US deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein announced findings from the Mueller investigation indicating that a dozen Russian military intelligence officers had been indicted for stealing emails from the Democratic Party. Days later, Trump flew to Helsinki for an awkward meeting and press conference with Putin that was widely pilloried by Republicans and Democrats alike.

Correction: Preet Bharara was misidentified in an earlier version of this article as a former New York attorney general. 

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