The federal probe of ties between Trump’s campaign and Russia seems to be tightening focus, and a new report points to a “close adviser” currently serving with the administration.
The investigation’s intensity is accelerating in coming weeks, but that does not mean criminal charges are near, the report said.
Investigators reportedly are keenly interested in people who previously had power in Trump’s campaign and administration but are now absent.
We do know that former Trump associates, Paul Manafort, Carter Page, and Roger Stone, who all served in various capacities throughout Trump’s campaign, are on the list of those who will be called to testify in the ongoing probe.
The current focus, however, could include one or all of several people.
Current administration officials who have acknowledged past contacts with Russian officials include Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
White House senior adviser Jared Kushner, who is also Trump’s son-in-law, has also admitted previous interactions with Russian officials.
Kushner, like several other Trump associates, failed to disclose contact with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak and a separate meeting with a Russian state-owned banking executive on his paperwork for his security clearance. It was uncovered in April.
The FBI are in charge of clearing the paperwork and assigning security clearance.
There seems to be a theme with those close to Trump.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on Thursday told senators that the FBI’s Russia probe is both a criminal and counterintelligence investigation.
The president has suggested that the ongoing investigation, as well as bringing in special counsel (Robert Mueller) is detrimental to the morale of the nation.
He could be right, but the disillusion and damage didn’t begin with the investigation.