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Friday, May 19, 2017

The law enforcement investigation into possible coordination between Russia and the Trump campaign has identified a current White House official as a significant person of interest, showing that the probe is reaching into the highest levels of government, according to people familiar with the matter. The senior White House adviser under scrutiny by investigators is someone close to the president, according to these people, who would not further identify the official. The revelation comes as the investigation also appears to be entering a more overtly active phase, with investigators shifting from work that has remained largely hidden from the public to conducting interviews and using a grand jury to issue subpoenas. The intensity of the probe is expected to accelerate in the coming weeks, the people said.

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The sources emphasized that investigators remain keenly interested in people who previously wielded influence in the Trump campaign and administration but are no longer part of it, including former national security adviser Michael Flynn and former campaign chairman Paul Manafort.

Flynn resigned in February after disclosures that he had lied to administration officials about his contacts with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak. Current administration officials who have acknowledged contacts with Russian officials include Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner, as well as Cabinet members Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

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Ruh-roh

#1 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-05-19 03:31 PM | Reply

Hey, if Trump brings Flynn back, we can play "And then there were two."

#2 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-05-19 03:37 PM | Reply

Where in the world is Kellyanne?

#4 | Posted by Corky at 2017-05-19 03:49 PM | Reply

Imagine that plane flight they are all on right now!!!!

#5 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-05-19 03:58 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#5

lol, fingers pointing all over the plane.

#6 | Posted by Corky at 2017-05-19 04:00 PM | Reply

#4 | POSTED BY CORKY
"Where in the world is Kellyanne?"

On the phone with her agent, trying to get a new gig.

#7 | Posted by TheTom at 2017-05-19 04:01 PM | Reply

Will give new meaning to Snakes on a Plane!

#8 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-05-19 04:02 PM | Reply | Funny: 8

Trump is barely past 100 days as president and White House officials are looking for personal lawyers.

Genius pick, red states.

#9 | Posted by rcade at 2017-05-19 04:06 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 4

They could have one less passenger when they arrive... just sayin'.

#10 | Posted by Corky at 2017-05-19 04:08 PM | Reply

Ya'll don't upset Andy. She's already worried that the Trumpublicans may not be able to cut enough kid's lunch programs to get her a new sailboat.

#12 | Posted by Corky at 2017-05-19 04:28 PM | Reply

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#11 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2017-05-19 04:21 PM

Yep. And only the beginning. An almost breath-takingly fast beginning. Pence should get measured for his wedding dress, unless he's the WH official now being investigated.

#13 | Posted by Zed at 2017-05-19 04:28 PM | Reply

Ya'll don't upset Andy. She's already worried that the Trumpublicans may not be able to cut enough kid's lunch programs to get her a new sailboat.

#12 | Posted by Corky

Eager to make ketchup a vegetable once again, as well as air.

#14 | Posted by Zed at 2017-05-19 04:29 PM | Reply

#15 | Posted by blake914 at 2

None of it is funny, BLAKE. Pisses me off that people like you put the rest of us through this.

#16 | Posted by Zed at 2017-05-19 04:33 PM | Reply

"Genius pick, red states."

If they end up with President Penice, who will be having the last laugh?

#18 | Posted by sentinel at 2017-05-19 04:35 PM | Reply

Nut job says what?

www.cnn.com

How can this keep getting worse?

#19 | Posted by Reagan58 at 2017-05-19 04:37 PM | Reply

#11, 15, 17 The Traitors Brigade has arrived in force. [...]

#20 | Posted by Reagan58 at 2017-05-19 04:39 PM | Reply

I've often wondered if it wasn't himself Trump was protecting but rather his son-law ~ and by extension, his daughter.

#22 | Posted by Twinpac at 2017-05-19 04:45 PM | Reply

If they end up with President Penice, who will be having the last laugh?

Obama Dems and Independents didn't vote for Pence, and probably won't be happy with his advacement.

#23 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-05-19 04:46 PM | Reply

If they end up with President Pence, who will be having the last laugh?

Trump is a mentally ill crook. Pence isn't likely to be either of those. He'd do a lot of terrible things in office, but they'd be normal levels of terrible like the Republican presidents of the past 30 years.

But Pence is tied closely to the transition. There's no assurance his hands are clean with this Russia stuff.

#24 | Posted by rcade at 2017-05-19 04:49 PM | Reply

Trump-Russia probe now includes possible cover-up, Congress is told

Investigators into Russian meddling in the U.S. presidential elections are now also probing whether White House officials have engaged in a cover-up, according to members of Congress who were briefed Friday by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

www.mcclatchydc.com

#25 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-05-19 04:54 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"I've often wondered if it wasn't himself Trump was protecting but rather his son-law ~ and by extension, his daughter."

Those are the 3 people Trump would be must likely to cover up for: himself, Ivanka and Jared. I think everyone else he'd throw under the bus in a hot NY minute. BTW, it is hot in NY today.

#26 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-05-19 05:02 PM | Reply

I love the fact that I can now periodically check the DR while at work and about 50% of the time there's a giant font, front page-worthy story about Donald and his merry band of --------.

And of course the usual idiots show up to defend Trump and show their recently developed sense of skepticism.

#27 | Posted by jpw at 2017-05-19 05:03 PM | Reply

#17 | POSTED BY RIGHTOCENTER AT 2017-05-19 04:34 PM | FLAG: | NEWSWORTHY 1

Jeebus Cripes Almighty.

This is not a court of law. This is a news report. There's going to be a lot more. Remember Watergate? -----------? No, not the movie, but the anonymous source who brought down a president.

I guess that's all you have, though, because you elected the most dangerous lunatic of our times as president, and the whole charade is unraveling. Sad.

#28 | Posted by cbob at 2017-05-19 05:07 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

And the NY Times is reporting that The Donald told his Russian friends that Comey was "crazy, a real nut job."

Maybe that's what was so darn funny in this photo taken by the Russian Foreign Ministry: www.nytimes.com

Hard to keep up with all of it!

#29 | Posted by cbob at 2017-05-19 05:12 PM | Reply

"according to people familiar with the matter."

Yes, we know, nothing to see here, move along, fake news!, witch hunt!, this is a nothing burger!

Thank you Baghdad Bob.

#30 | Posted by donnerboy at 2017-05-19 05:13 PM | Reply

Those are the 3 people Trump would be must likely to cover up for: himself, Ivanka and Jared.

Trump acts like his family members are all valuable only as reflections of himself. I couldn't see him making any sacrifice to protect Ivanka or his other children. As for Jared, I bet he has some deep-seated resentment of him that could come out in a crisis when Trump needs a scapegoat. Jared's got his own money and doesn't owe Trump anything.

#31 | Posted by rcade at 2017-05-19 05:20 PM | Reply

Here's my guess:

Let's assume there were numerous contacts between Trump campaign officials and Russia, but none of them rise to level of collusion to interfere with the election. Would the WH denials that such contacts occurred (Trump's, Pence's, and others') be enough to (figuratively) hang him/them? Is lying about this OK if the underlying contacts were not themselves actionable collusion?

I'm particularly interested in what current Trump supporters think about this.

#33 | Posted by mOntecOre at 2017-05-19 05:36 PM | Reply

#32

[...] He's such a wonderful man, pure as the driven snow. Horrible what he's done to himself. I mean... Horrible how he's persecuted.

#34 | Posted by Zed at 2017-05-19 05:41 PM | Reply

#35

Can't be bribed? LOL.

#36 | Posted by Zed at 2017-05-19 05:46 PM | Reply

"He's such a wonderful man, pure as the driven snow. Horrible what he's done to himself. I mean... Horrible how he's persecuted."

People didn't vote for him because they liked him. He is and always has been an -------. They voted for the lessor evil.

#37 | Posted by bogey1355 at 2017-05-19 05:46 PM | Reply

#37

They voted for a criminal.

#38 | Posted by Zed at 2017-05-19 05:47 PM | Reply

MONTECORE

I think the investigation would look at the collective since there appears to be a spider web of surreptitious contacts to confuse the trail.

There's so much that Comey (and now Mueller) knows (that we don't) it is impossible to analyze with any accuracy.

The impeachment trial in the Senate should be a whopper of an eye opener.

I wonder if Trump can feel the noose tightening.

#39 | Posted by Twinpac at 2017-05-19 05:47 PM | Reply

You voted for a criminal.

#40 | Posted by Zed at 2017-05-19 05:48 PM | Reply

Which of Trump's thugs is the FBI pinning the tail on?
My money is on Kushner.

#41 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2017-05-19 05:50 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

#37

Doesn't it rankle you as an American to be laughed at for the thing we have a president?

#42 | Posted by Zed at 2017-05-19 05:54 PM | Reply

"Doesn't it rankle you as an American to be laughed at for the thing we have a president?"

Again. He was the lessor evil.

#44 | Posted by bogey1355 at 2017-05-19 06:02 PM | Reply | Funny: 2

#32 | Posted by bogey1355

We got help. Thanks!

In case you missed it:

The Justice Department on Wednesday appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel to oversee the federal investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, including potential collusion between President Donald Trump's campaign associates and Russian officials.

#45 | Posted by donnerboy at 2017-05-19 06:03 PM | Reply

They voted for the lessor evil.

#37 | Posted by bogey1355

Looks to me like they didn't.

#46 | Posted by donnerboy at 2017-05-19 06:04 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Unfortunately when all is said and done and the criminals are convicted they will still get to keep their ill gotten booty-ie Supreme Court

#47 | Posted by truthhurts at 2017-05-19 06:12 PM | Reply

Well...that was quick.

#48 | Posted by Sycophant at 2017-05-19 06:14 PM | Reply

They voted for the lessor evil.
#37 | Posted by bogey1355
Looks to me like they didn't.
#46 | POSTED BY DONNERBOY

They did if you are Russian, right Comrade Bogey?

#49 | Posted by Sycophant at 2017-05-19 06:15 PM | Reply

I'm getting tired of users who only contribute to Trump scandal story discussions to diminish the importance or deflect from the subject.

This is a major story all over the media. Everyone is talking about it on cable news. All the major papers are covering it.

If you can't discuss a story about Trump by focusing on the actual story, don't comment. If you keep trying to derail discussion, the banhammer will drop.

#50 | Posted by rcade at 2017-05-19 06:17 PM | Reply

Right. Just to sum up the logic you seem to be using here:

The left sees the President and his campaign committing potential crimes (and now being investigated) and the when the left leaning posters call out those potential crimes, :"And Liberals really need to seek help."

You are dead set in your opinion that Hillary did commit crimes (which she, of course has not been indicted or tried for after being investigated) but it was Lynch and the system that kept her from being tried and convicted. There is no way that she is actually innocent of major crimes.

But yeah, the Liberals need to seek help.

PS I was all for having a special prosecutor handle the Clinton accusations. I thought the GOP congress was stupid for trying to manage it themselves as they came up with Bupkus and had a partisan stain over the whole investigation.

#51 | Posted by mtnyc at 2017-05-19 06:21 PM | Reply

My money is on Kushner.

#41 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis

agreed.

#52 | Posted by donnerboy at 2017-05-19 06:26 PM | Reply

"They voted for the lessor evil."

They voted for who they thought was the lesser evil.

#53 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-05-19 06:29 PM | Reply

"But yeah, the Liberals need to seek help."

I told you we got help.

Former FBI Director, now Special Counsel Robert Mueller, will be riding into town on his white horse to take care of those "bad hombres".

#54 | Posted by donnerboy at 2017-05-19 06:31 PM | Reply

I read reached The Waffle House. Thought you will have to take that bacon from my cold, dead hands! One toke over the line.............:-)

#55 | Posted by gracieamazed at 2017-05-19 06:31 PM | Reply

"My money is on Kushner."

He's the one I keep hearing named too.

#56 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-05-19 06:31 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

The New York Times reported last month that Steve Bannon was concerned that Jared Kushner's contact with the Russians would blow up on the White House:

twitter.com

#57 | Posted by rcade at 2017-05-19 06:35 PM | Reply

Again. He was the lessor evil.
#44 | Posted by bogey1355

Again, that's because people knew HIllary was under investigation by the FBI. They didn't know Trump was under two investigations by them, one criminal and one counter-intelligence.

#58 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-05-19 06:35 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 7

umm someone call 9-11 I think gracie had a stroke.

#59 | Posted by truthhurts at 2017-05-19 06:38 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

#31 | POSTED BY RCADE

You keep forgetting that Republicans literally live in a fact-free world now. Trump can say he did something and they will STILL deny it. Trump releases classified information to the Russians and a special prosecutor is appointed while Fox News spends its evening discussing the Clinton Foundation. This is the new Right. Evidence, Facts, none of it matters. It's all a liberal conspiracy.

#60 | Posted by Sycophant at 2017-05-19 06:39 PM | Reply

"The New York Times reported Trump told Russian officials that he felt "great pressure because of Russia" that he said was taken off when he fired FBI Director James Comey. Minutes later, the Washington Post reported that investigators are looking at a close Trump adviser as part of their probe into possible ties between Russia and Trump's campaign.

Trump met with Russian officials on May 10 after firing Comey the evening before. At the meeting, Trump told them he was not under investigation and bashed Comey, the Times reported.

"I just fired the head of the F.B.I. He was crazy, a real nut job," Trump said, according to notes of the meeting read to the Times."

Trump just loves blabbing to those Russians

#61 | Posted by PunchyPossum at 2017-05-19 07:37 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Jared's Brooks Brothers blazer will look just smashing over an orange jump suit.

#62 | Posted by anton at 2017-05-19 07:52 PM | Reply

#61 Bragging about obstructing justice probably won't help your case.

I look forward to seeing him defending himself in public like Bill did. I do believe he'd resign first.

#63 | Posted by 88120rob at 2017-05-19 08:01 PM | Reply

Christopher Hayes @chrislhayes

"A source close to the investigation would not disclose the name of the person of interest but noted it rhymes with Bared Tushner."

twitter.com

#64 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-05-19 08:22 PM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 2

Donald Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner 'person of interest in Russia investigation'

www.independent.co.uk

#65 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-05-19 08:31 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

"Jared's Brooks Brothers blazer"

In some other thread Sitz asks if anyone drives a electric car.

So I'm wondering. Does anyone wear, or has ever worn, Donald J. Trump Signature Collection menswear?

#66 | Posted by snoofy at 2017-05-19 08:31 PM | Reply

Gnoles. Maybe RoC. Andrea wears Ivana's collection.

#67 | Posted by Corky at 2017-05-19 08:36 PM | Reply

So are we at point where, since
Trump might say anything to anyone,
The thing to watch for is
what he didn't say,
and who he didn't say it to.

#68 | Posted by snoofy at 2017-05-19 08:38 PM | Reply

Most of the rwingers here are into camo fashion.

#69 | Posted by Corky at 2017-05-19 08:43 PM | Reply

#70

David Horowitz, lmao.

mediabiasfactcheck.com

#71 | Posted by Corky at 2017-05-19 08:48 PM | Reply

just looking for an angle to chip away at the Don.

if this doesn't work, they have w, x, y & z ready to go.

#72 | Posted by AuntieSocial at 2017-05-19 08:48 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#71 | Posted by Corky
LOL --------------.
Like Wikipedia.

#73 | Posted by Federalist at 2017-05-19 08:53 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#70 | POSTED BY FEDERALIST

OOH! Just heard RCADE's hammer upswing.

#75 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2017-05-19 08:56 PM | Reply

#75 | Posted by rstybeach11
Losers gonna lose.

#76 | Posted by Federalist at 2017-05-19 09:01 PM | Reply

We'll know for sure it's Jared when in it's in the National Enquirer.

#77 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-05-19 09:01 PM | Reply

#68 | Posted by snoofy

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#78 | Posted by Federalist at 2017-05-19 09:03 PM | Reply

I would not be surprised if Jared is in the net. He seems like an entitled over confident twerp that has never worked for anything. His dad is a convicted felon as well.

#79 | Posted by bored at 2017-05-19 09:16 PM | Reply

"The New York Times reported last month that Steve Bannon was concerned that Jared Kushner's contact with the Russians would blow up on the White House:
twitter.com"

Not an admirer or Mr. Bannon but I also would never discount his intelligence.

#80 | Posted by danni at 2017-05-19 10:04 PM | Reply

"if this doesn't work, they have w, x, y & z ready to go."

Trump committed the cardinal sin: he dissed the IC. Of course they have w, x, y, and z ready to go; the difference in this case is no fabrication needed: Trump's own actions condemn him.

#81 | Posted by Danforth at 2017-05-19 10:20 PM | Reply

I think Trump will end up quitting.

#82 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2017-05-19 11:03 PM | Reply

I wouldn't be surprised if Trump puts a hit on himself.
President Ozymandias.

#83 | Posted by snoofy at 2017-05-19 11:10 PM | Reply

If the Special Council finds that Trump colluded with the Russians they need to throw them all out advisors court appointees etc. and have a new election.

#84 | Posted by Badcat at 2017-05-19 11:43 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

This morning's LA TIMES:

White House does not dispute that FBI probe now includes at least one Trump aide
www.latimes.com

#85 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2017-05-20 09:40 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Maybe this is Trumps plan to get Jared out of the way. 47 dimension chess indeed.

#87 | Posted by bored at 2017-05-20 03:03 PM | Reply

"Obama Dems and Independents didn't vote for Pence, and probably won't be happy with his advacement."

Sounds more like you're talking about purple states, rather than red states. Doesn't seem like a wise move for Democrats and their surrogates to insult swing state voters if they want to get them back, but it seems they still have a long way to go before coming to terms with the fact their own behavior drove many of them away in the last election.

#88 | Posted by sentinel at 2017-05-20 08:48 PM | Reply

@83, naw, abut I can Ken Lay senario maybe, where he fakes his death and goes off to live in some secret South American Teajadist sanctuary.

#89 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2017-05-21 04:22 PM | Reply

I made a bet with a friend yesterday. He gets "serves out his term" "impeached" and "assassinated." I get "resigns" and "dies from natural causes during term."

Discuss?

#90 | Posted by mOntecOre at 2017-05-22 12:38 PM | Reply

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