Actually, Trump Is NOT Under Investigation, His Lawyer Insists

A fun activity when following the ever-unraveling Trump administration is watching the president’s associates struggle to maintain their story lines despite their master’s tweets. Today, Trump attorney Jay Sekulow hit the Sunday morning talk show circuit to insist that Trump is not under investigation for obstruction…

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Trump Is Personally Under Investigation, Officials Report

Forget all the Russia stuff. The Comey firing itself has turned into a blunder of such epic proportions that Donald Trump is now under investigation for obstruction of justice, the Washington Post reports, citing anonymous officials. It’s hard to imagine what you could add to this blooper reel of an administration…I…

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President Trump Is Now Officially Under Criminal Investigation

According to the Washington Post, Donald Trump is now officially under investigation by the special counsel Bob Mueller for obstruction of justice.

The special counsel overseeing the investigation into Russia’s role in the 2016 election is interviewing senior intelligence officials as part of a widening probe that now includes an examination of whether President Trump attempted to obstruct justice, officials said.

In other words, Trump wasn’t under investigation before he fired James Comey, but he got so mad at James Comey for not telling the world that he wasn’t under investigation that he terminated Comey’s employment, and now he is under investigation. Dummy.

A few details to note in the Post article:

— DNI Dan Coats, Head of the National Security Agency Admiral Rogers, and Rogers’ former deputy at the NSA, Richard Ledgett, have all agreed to testify next week. Ledgett retired in February after 40 years of service.

— According to sources, Dan Coats and CIA Director Mike Pompeo were asked, like James Comey before them, to stay behind and talk to the President after others left the room. Trump reportedly asked them to intervene with Comey and the FBI investigation.

— Coats and Rogers also received a telephone call from Trump, who asked them to put the kibosh on the investigation. Richard Ledgett documented the call in a memo.

— Mueller is also investigating those outside of the government to find out what Trump told them about his reasons for firing Comey.

— There is more to this case than a «‘he said, he said’ dispute between the president and the fired FBI director.»

— Trump’s personal attorney Marc Kasowitz has responded, releasing a statement: «The FBI leak of information regarding the president is outrageous, inexcusable and illegal.» The Washington Post never says that the information came from the FBI. This statement, however, seems to confirm that Trump is, indeed, under investigation.

— Donald Trump, Jr. is hinting that Mueller should be fired for leaking information to the Post. There is no indication this information came from the Mueller.

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James Comey Knowingly Acted On Fake Russian Intel During Investigation Into Hillary Clinton

Yes, FBI director James Comey was unceremoniously fired by Donald Trump after beginning an investigation into his associations with Russia, but let’s not forget that he’s part of the reason why Trump was elected in the first place. Now it looks like his persistent investigation into Hillary Clinton was even more bogus

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Jared Kushner, Who Is Now a Focus in Russia Investigation, Is ‘Basically a Sh*thead’

Do you like Harry Potter? Do you like those escape rooms? Then you are going to LOVE this Harry Potter escape room! — (Hello Giggles)

In politics tonight, the Post is reporting that Jared Kushner is, indeed, a «target» of the investigation into collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign. (WashPo)

Kushner is also, apparently, an asshole. Politico has a deep profile on the President’s son-in-law, and this quote — from a former employee — sticks out, in that it basically suggests that Ivanka married her father. (Politico)

«We’re talking about a guy who isn’t particularly bright or hard-working, doesn’t actually know anything, has bought his way into everything ever (with money he got from his criminal father), who is deeply insecure and obsessed with fame (you don’t buy the [New York Observer], marry Ivanka Trump, or constantly talk about the phone calls you get from celebrities if it’s in your nature to ‘shun the spotlight’), and who is basically a shithead.»

MiMi done out MiMid MiMi! Lord. To live in MiMi’s world. — (Lainey)

This will be the last season for Bachmanity on Silicon Valley. T.J. Miller will not be returning for season 5. — (EW)

If you live in Dublin (Ireland, not Ohio — sorry!), this may be the purrfect (not sorry) job for you! — (HuffPo)

There’s no reason for me to post this except that it made me GUFFAW! —

I find it hilarious that there are actual bets, with bookies, on when Prince Harry will propose to Meghan Markle! — (Celebitchy)

Here is exactly what’s at stake on Better Call Saul now. (Uproxx)

Pigeons with backpacks fulla’ drugs. How high you gonna’ build that wall, Donnie? — (BBC)

So, is Odell Beckham Jr. looking to be the new Johnny Manziel? Dude don’t have a job! This is NOT who you want to emulate and hang with. Also, you maybe don’t want to lose your job for Iggy goddamn Azalea. Come on! — (Dlisted)

40 years ago today, my dad took me to «a dumb space movie. Why can’t we see For the Love of Benji instead?», and I’ve been a fan ever since. Thanks, Dad! — (Twitter)

I feel like RiRi walked out of her hotel room, got in the elevator, walked halfway across the lobby and then went, «OH, shit! I forgot to put on a shirt! Excuse me, sir? Can I have your jacket? Yes, your jacket, can I have it? Perfect! Thank you.» And off she went on her merry way. — (GFY)

Becks is at the amfAR gala in Cannes for the first time. But really, do you care about that? NO, no you don’t. However, there are fantastic pictures in here of Posh and Becks from Cannes in 2001! That you want to see. And also, remember «the hot felon» from a couple of years ago? Apparently he gets to go to Cannes. — (LG)

In a terrible loss to her six children, husband, family and friends, Dr. Amy Reed succumbed to hateful fucking uterine cancer yesterday. But before she died, she and her husband, Dr. Hooman Noorchashm fought like warriors so that other women would not have to die. The word «hero» is used far too casually these days. If you read about everything Dr. Reed and her husband did to change protocols, I think you’ll agree that «hero» is a label that applies to her. — (NYTimes)

The premise should be off putting in its ridiculousness — a detective investigating the murder of her doppelgänger. Rachie3879 so enjoyed Tana French’s The Likeness that she couldn’t put it down, despite having small ones and adulting things to do. Which book so enchanted you that you couldn’t put it down even when you needed sleep? (Cannonball Read 9)

Finally, at the time of this posting, it’s still too early to say who is going to win the Montana Congressional race. With 21 percent reporting, it’s basically a tie. Follow the results through the night. (NYTimes)

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Trump Told Russian Officials That Firing ‘Nut Job’ Comey Took Pressure Off Investigation

Ah yes, here it is. Are you ready for today’s news dump? Here you go! On Friday afternoon, the New York Times reported that, according to a document summarizing his Oval Office meeting with Russian officials, Donald Trump referred to recently-fired FBI director James Comey as “a real nut job” and now that he’s gone,…

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Devin Nunes Is Still Looking at Russia Intelligence, Despite Recusing Himself from Investigation

For some strange reason, Devin Nunes, former head of the House Russia investigation, is still reviewing intelligence related to that very thing, despite recusing himself almost two months ago. Sir, a question: what are you doing?

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The DOJ Has Appointed a Special Prosecutor into the Russian Investigation, and They’re Not F*cking Around

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has appointed a special prosecutor for the Russian probe to investigate not only Russia’s hacking of the U.S. election, but any connections between Donald Trump, his campaign, and Russia that might surface. The special prosecutor is Robert Mueller, which means the DOJ is not fucking around. Mueller was the FBI director before Comey, and a guy that President Obama actually kept on two years beyond his 10-year-term. The fact that I can’t really speak to the man’s politics is actually a blessing.

He’s a hard-ass, too, and he’ll have subpoena power, so Trump’s taxes? Subpoenaed. Michael Flynn’s conversation with Russia? Subpoenaed. Any tapes that Donald Trump might have from the Oval Office? Subpoenaed.

If there’s something to be found, Mueller is going to find it, and if I’m a Republican in Donald Trump’s orbit, I’m running for the hills, because — as we saw with Ken Starr — these investigations have a tendency spread. White House staffers will need to lawyer up; friends and business associates of Donald Trump will need to lawyer up. People thinking about taking a job in this Administration should think again.

It won’t be quick, but when it’s all over, we’ll know for damn sure whether Trump and his corrupt cronies are in bed with Putin.



Enjoy your news cycle, Fox News.

p.s. I’ll dig into reaction to that other story re: Paul Ryan shortly.

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