Unnamed White House Official Under FBI Investigation In Russia Probe: NBC

Tyler Durden's picture

In an update to the original WaPo story, according to which a senior White House official was a "significant person of interest" in the Russia probe, NBC reported late on Friday that according to two US officials, an unnamed current White House official is under FBI investigation related to Russia collusion. While there is no concrete further information, some pundits have tossed around the name of Jared Kushner as a potential target of the probe.

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Earlier:

The NYT/Wapo bombs are flying early today.  Shortly after the New York Times dropped a story alleging that Trump bragged to the Russians about firing the "nut job" James Comey, the Washington Post has just dropped another bomb of their own alleging that a senior White House adviser and "someone close to the president" is under scrutiny by investigators looking into possible coordination between Russia and the Trump campaign.

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.

Today's bombshell du jour, comes to us courtesy of yet another batch of anonymous sources.  That said, this time WaPo went even one step further and left out the target of their political hit job as well, describing him/her only as "someone close to the president."  So now we have anonymous sources and anonymous targets, the definition of 'quality journalism'.

Shortly after the article dropped, the White House released the following statement reiterating their previous assertions that they welcome a "thorough investigation" which they say "will confirm that there was no collusion between the campaign and any foreign entity."

"As the President has stated before - a thorough investigation will confirm that there was no collusion between the campaign and any foreign entity."

 

Meanwhile, despite the assertion that "someone close to the president" is a target of the ongoing Russia inquiry, WaPo's 'sources' said that the investigation remains focused on Michael Flynn and Paul Manafort.

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.

 

People familiar with the investigation said the intensifying effort does not mean criminal charges are near, or that any such charges will result. Earlier this week, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed former FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III to serve as special counsel and lead the investigation into Russian meddling.

Shocking that both the NYT and Wapo dropped stories just in time to dominate the weekend headlines, almost as if the releases were coordinated. Actually, make that 100% guaranteed...

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order66's picture

That the biggest story of them all.

Why isn't WaPo on that one too?

Oh yeah......right.

thebigunit's picture

Wait.  You're going too fast for me.

I'm still stuck on who killed Vince Foster.

Who Killed Seth Rich?

Ajax-1's picture

Look no further than the Clinton Crime Family.

WillyGroper's picture

a tatted up "MC" young attorney named shawn lucas?

if this dude is an attorney i'll kiss your ass.

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-05-19/russian-embassy-implicates-hillary-tweet-asking-who-killed-seth-rich#comment-9562657

folks, you're believing the shit you're being spoonfed according to your bias.

 

MFL5591's picture

How about they investigate the Clinton selling of 20% of our Urainium to the Russians ? 

land_of_the_few's picture

How about test-coring the substantial deposits of "Ukrainium" in the DNC and RINO strata? Apparently it alternates between brown and black-and-red all the way through like a stick of rock.

Mikeyyy's picture

it's not Comey.

 

The White House document that contained Mr. Trump’s comments was based on notes taken from inside the Oval Office and has been circulated as the official account of the meeting. One official read quotations to The Times, and a second official confirmed the broad outlines of the discussion.

 

"Official account of the meeting" being the operative phrase for those of you who insist on whistling past the graveyard.

 

And no amount of Hillary did this, Obama did that, who killed Seth Rich or any other bullshit is gonna help here. 

null's picture

Manipulating sycophantic followers to defraud the public by using contextually weak facts (fake news) does count as "did this", "did that."

Big deal if some "facts" are documented. A liar does not make up the whole narrative, just tiny, yet key, facts.

Got The Wrong No's picture

I can't believe the shit they send you 1 week Trolls out to spew. Why do you Clowns even play in this park? Your shuck and jive little League antics are Moronic.   

11b40's picture

He is a stringer for the Jerusalem Times.

mary mary's picture

I thought he was a prisoner.  It's nice that they allow prisoners to access the mess hall computer, so they can troll ZH, to make a little cash on the side.

Lurk Skywatcher's picture

"Official account of the meeting" being the operative phrase!?

Read your quote again:

"The White House document that contained Mr. Trump’s comments was BASED ON notes taken from inside the Oval Office and has been circulated AS the official account of the meeting. One official read quotations to The Times, and a second official confirmed THE BROAD OUTLINES of the discussion."

Typical libtard sees "official account" and stops thinking, just like a good brainwashed follower should.

Hollywood films are regularly "based on" real life events too, but only special types of people think they are what actually happened.

"Ciculated as the official account" - circulated by whom to whom? Official account according the which officials? The "officials" that spoke to the Times? Why were the notes from the Oval Office that this document was based on not considered the official account?

Broad outlines means non-specific, as in "Did trump talk to lavrov? Yes. Was comey discussed? Yes."

For a group of people who hide behind semantics, you libtards are really fucking bad at comprehension.

And no amount of alternative reality, denial, hope and change, muh Russians! or any other bullshit is gonna help here.

 

 

 

mary mary's picture

Correct.

Notes CIRCULATED AS official accounts of a meeting are NOT an official account of that meeting.  Meeting minutes WOULD BE the official account of a meeting.  Notes are just notes, and do not represent anyone but the note writer.  They do not represent the meeting.  Apparently, MSM hopes that Americans no longer serve on any committees, and therefore do not understand what meeting minutes are.

jimmy12345's picture

There are going to be a lot of people in the Trump white house who go to prison.

Raffie's picture

He was only drinking VODKA... WTF!!!

Sebastion's picture

looks like Kushner following his dad to prison.  unless he rolls over on the orange jesus. awesome!!

khakuda's picture

It's Barron Trump!  That little commie had special sauce (aka russian dressing) on his Happy Meal burger last year.

loveyajimbo's picture

Bet the lefty shitbags are trying to put pressure on Bannon... an obvious enemy of the libturd traitors...

roadhazard's picture

It's an Orval Redenbacher moment.

RagaMuffin's picture

How about an "Oval" Redenbacher moment  ?

tyberious's picture

Tabloid Newspapers or as I like to call them fish wrappers!

pods's picture

They really are pushing this Russian thing, aren't they. If I were Orange Jesus I would just let them bark at me like the yappy dogs they are.  I mean, they have been hunting this shit for a long time and have come up with jack shit. I would not even respond to them. Just answer what you have to and tell them to fuck off on the stuff you don't.  You arent gonna be liked by them, ever. So dont ever try and get on their good side because they don't have one. Just go about doing what you are supposed to be doing.

This Russian shit is getting old though. Especially since we are at odds with them in Syria and Ukraine.  Nope, still gotta push the false narrative that somehow the Russians are coming, and Trump let them in.

pods

One of We's picture

If I had a yappy dog that hunted as well as these fucks he'd have been shot long ago....

doctor10's picture

the entire American Oligarchy is criminally corrupt and complicit. Their fear of Trump is that he is proxy for their fear of the American People. Which they should be.

Whether or not the American People deserve Trump may be one thing. However, The American Government sure as hell does.

The 21st century depends upon the swamp being drained

jeff montanye's picture

i might ask the fbi why they ruled out investigating seth rich's murder as part of the hacked/leaked emails case.  seth rich could have been trump's mole, a russian spy or both.  rich was a data analyst at the dnc, the only one murdered that whole summer and the only person about whom julian assange has offered a reward. 

and while i was at it i might ask the fbi why the they say the dnc "rebuffed" their requests to examine the dnc servers.  then i'd ask them, as a public service, exactly how one "rebuffs" the fbi.  john dillinger did it for a while but he used machine guns.

Countrybunkererd's picture

I have been pondering their Russia thing w/r/t their war drums.  Pull the market and start a major war and blame Trump?  It fits some plans we hear of.  Absolutely Surreal.  Even Picasso couldn't paint this acid trip we are soberly witnessing.

espirit's picture

It's almost 5PM here, so I'm going to fix the sober problem.

I'm going to start writing my own fake news, it's believeable!

mary mary's picture

Try it; it's fun.  No wonder WaPo and NYT do so much of it.

Tomorrow's episode: FBI Emperor Joe Lieberman implies may indict Isn't That Just Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller for Russian uranium deal that bypassed Wall Street and went directly to the Clintons: "No fair!"  Mueller responds, "that's why I never worked for Joe, not because he's a poor loser, which Hillary is also, but because Hillary's prettier.  Heck, even Al Gore's prettier.  Heck, even I am prettier."

Z_End's picture

VPOTUS Mike Pence...

Smedley's Butler's picture

Jared: greedy, inexperienced, ties to Chabad in Russia, thinks he is a deal maker...

I am just not so sure they would go after him. But that is my bet.

 

Smedley's Butler's picture

How many have heard people saying that Mueller's appointment is a good thing for Trump and his agenda?

Hell, no! Mueller is going to engineer some complex, undigestable flow charts and financial ties that most people cannot and will not understand; followed by some subjective and loose conclusion on how coorelation is causation and "The Russians did it !"

 

jeff montanye's picture

mueller will get publicity and subliminally tie it all to 9-11, his greatest disaster.  our job is to keep pounding him on the obvious simple shit that ties hillary to seth rich's death: why didn't it get investigated as part of the wikileaks dnc emails case?  you can do lots of flow charts but bullshit is bullshit and the people will see it.

the deal over the servers not being shown to the fbi shows a lack of sincerity on the part of both the dnc and the fbi but no one died in those servers.  however out on the streets of bloomingdale last july it was quite another matter.

let's make sure mueller and the audience know that, if not the whole world, at least we are watching.

Smedley's Butler's picture

I hear ya, but looking at this guy's past work history I am not sure he gives a $hit about anything but the coverup. He is a made-man.

Mueller is 'The Wolf' (Harvey Keitel in Pulp Fiction).

rosiescenario's picture

That would be Mr. Wolf.....the cleaner.

 

Point well taken.

 

I am still hoping someone surfaces Comey's history with the Clintons. Fox needs to stop allowing their guests to say "Comey is a straight shooter"....they need to do just a bit of homework on him and air it.

Smedley's Butler's picture

Mr. Wolf, The Cleaner. Apparently it's a while since I've watched that flick. I will have to turn it on tonight.

 

A bit of homework in any direction would help.

 

shovelhead's picture

He could be...

But 75 FISA Court requests for surveillance with gross misrepresentations as to material fact says that Comey's FBI has a serious problem discerning fact from fiction.

Weiners laptop and the remarkable about face on the epic "no intent" decline to prosecute sham tells me that Comey, as much as he's willing to be in Hillarys pocket, will turn like a rat if that pocket will carry him to the slammer.

At least he's tall and looks good in a suit, so he's got that going for him.

shovelhead's picture

Lol.

Smuggled it into Russia in a lead buttplug?

"I always knew that Mueller was hiding something..."

WillyGroper's picture

given their persuasion perhaps being a catcher proved to be inadequate and new stimulation was required.

the point is they're all working together.

the tit for tat press is to keep the peeps occupied so they don't look behind the curtain.

 

RDouglas's picture

I believe that you are correct about Mueller. He's a company man all the way. He has a job to do and he WILL do it. I'm not sure the point is to prove collaboration but rather to keep up a steady drip drip drip, until Trump does something that truly IS impeachable. Sadly, Donnie is an easily manipulated, insecure, man child, who has surrounded himself with amateurs, yes men, and deep state operatives. I don't mean to offend, but truly, DJT is a moron. This whole mess was predictable. No matter, the real action won't start until the PTB pull the trigger and drop the bullshit banker house of cards in its footprint. And there will be dumbfucking, lardass, Donnie holding the bag. Would you like a side of scapegoat with your shit sandwich?

TradingTroll's picture

DJT should have kept his mouth shut about 20,000 Dow. He fell for the trap, now he owns it. Real estate people don't understand the stock market. Is he nuts?

Lots of Insider distribution in the main indexes. They are holding at a high level, with the drops becoming more severe as Sellers begin to dominate Buyers

Shouldn't be long now.

RDouglas's picture

Your probably right, on the other hand the DS wouldn't mind making Donnie fire Bannon. Further alienating him from his base. Dunno

Thebighouse's picture

WA PO is Amazon.

Boycott that prick

There are other better choices.

Crush Amazon

(Buy puts first!)

Nutflush60's picture

This is going to happen any time a Republican is in the White House. It is just offensive to these clowns that the party of white Christians (in their mind) is in power. Would love to see the way they attack Pence once Trump is gone. 

jeff montanye's picture

horse poop. did you see that with g.w. bush, a far more demonstrative christian than trump ever has been or will be?  no, the nyt was gigglingly delighted to frontrun bush's vanity war in iraq for the project for the new american century.

and for your info they will not attack pence.  at all.

because bush and pence are neocons and zionists and, especially bush, carried big water for them, if you know what i mean (third quarter of '01).

this is unique since nixon, who they also didn't trust.  thought he was a little late with the reinforcements during the yom kippur war.

RDouglas's picture

This is way deeper than Rep/Dem. pence will be fine. He's a good company boy.

thebigunit's picture

Anonymous innuendo.

In the software world, this is called "vaporware".