Because of the tragic shooting, which took place in Las Vegas to start the week off, much of the media and the public’s attention was obviously focused away from the ongoing Trump/Russia investigation. That, by no means, should indicate that things have stalled. In fact, the last 36 hours have been incredibly eventful from a media perspective. There are three major stories which broke over the last 12-36 hours, related to the Trump/Russia investigation. Below is a brief summary of each, just in case you may have missed them.
Mueller Tasks an Adviser With Getting Ahead of Possible Preemptive Trump Pardons
Bloomberg is reporting this morning that Robert Mueller has tasked one of his key advisers, Michael Dreeben, at trying to get ahead of any possible preemptive pardon that President Trump may decide to use on his campaign staff, administration officials, family members or even himself. Dreeben is a career government lawyer who has made more than 100 Supreme Court appearances. According to Bloomberg, Dreeban has been tasked with studying past presidential pardons in order to figure out what, if any limits, apply to the President should he decide to begin to issue free passes to those around him.
Jared Kushner & Ivanka Trump Had a Third Private Email Account Which Received 100’s of White House Emails
It was reported last night that Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump didn’t only each use their own personal emails to receive correspondence from the White House, but that there was a third private email account used by the couple and the Kushner family to receive emails from the White House. According to sources speaking to Politico on the condition of anonymity, the topics discussed in these emails included non-public travel documents, internal schedules and official White House materials.
New Manafort Emails Expose Quid Pro Quo With Russia
It has already been assumed that Paul Manafort had deep ties with those close to the Kremlin, but details on emails which leaked this week now indicate that there was a clear quid pro quo between Manafort and a Russian oligarch. According to the emails released by The Atlantic, Manafort used his position within the Trump campaign to try and curry favors with Putin ally, Vladimirovich Deripaska.
“I assume you have shown our friends my media coverage, right?” Manafort wrote to Konstantin Kilimnik, one of Manafort’s old lieutenants he worked with on Ukraine matters .
“Absolutely, every article,” Kilimnik responded a few hours later from Kiev.
“How do we use to get whole,” Manafort asks. “Has OVD [Oleg Vladimirovich Deripaska, a Russian oligarch and one of Russia’s richest men] operation seen?”
While this does not directly link the President to possible collusion with Russia, it does show that his campaign chairman certainly seemed to be working with this hostile power.
Let’s hear your thoughts on these three stories in the comments section below.