Friday, May 19, 2017

Washington Post: Russian Investigation Now Eyeing Current White House Official


The news gets worser and worser for President Trump.

The Washington Post is reporting that the current investigation looking into Russian interference during the 2016 presidential election now has a "person of interest" who is a current White House official.

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.

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 President Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, as well as Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

People familiar with the investigation said the intensifying effort does not mean criminal charges are near, or that any such charges will result.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer issued this statement: “As the president has stated before, a thorough investigation will confirm that there was no collusion between the campaign and any foreign entity."

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