Friday, September 22, 2017

Russian To Judgment, Con't

It's been a hell of a week for developments in the Trump/Russia case: Manafort's wiretapping and possible indictment (they would of course be sealed at this point), Mueller's document load from the White House, and evidence that Manafort was funneling US political info to Putin's oligarch circle.

Now we have another big story, and it's back to that now infamous June 9, 2016 meeting with Donald Trump Jr, Manafort, Kushner, and the Russians and Donald Trump's reactions and statements resulting from it.

Special counsel Robert Mueller has sought phone records concerning the statement written aboard Air Force One defending a meeting between Trump campaign officials and Russians at Trump Tower last year that was set up by Donald Trump Jr., according to two people familiar with the investigation
Mueller has also asked the White House for documents and emails connected to a May 3 press briefing where Sean Spicer said the president had confidence in James Comey as FBI director, these people said. The request seeks to determine what White House officials – particularly Spicer – knew about the president’s plans to fire Comey in the days before it happened, according to one of the people familiar with it.

The requests, first reported by the New York Times, are the latest indication that Mueller's probe of Russian meddling in the 2016 election is expanding to include what has happened in the White House since Trump took office, including questions of obstruction of justice. 
Most of the requests, one of these people said, focus on what happened inside the White House after Jan. 20. 
White House officials are expected to be interviewed in upcoming weeks by Mueller’s office, but the interviews have not been set, according to one of the people with knowledge of the investigation. 
The special counsel’s office has also asked for documents related to former national security adviser Michael Flynn and his meetings with Russian officials, one of these people said. 
Investigators are particularly interested in what happened inside the White House after former deputy attorney general Sally Yates told White House lawyer Don McGahn of the Flynn meeting with Russians. Flynn was said to have misled Vice President Mike Pence about his contacts with Russian officials during the presidential transition.

We know that Mueller has asked for White House records, but asking for the AF1 communication records in regard to Trump's now infamous initial statement is a GIGANTIC RED FLAG that Mueller is looking into obstruction of justice charges involving the person who wrote the statement.

You know, Donald Trump.

Have a nice day.

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