FBI’s Russia probe implicates top White House official
While we’ve known for some time that the FBI’s investigation into Russiagate has been ongoing since last July, all of the specific subjects of that investigation have yet to be confirmed. Former Trump associates including Carter Page, Paul Manafort, and Roger Stone — all of whom the president has distanced himself from — have been named by reports as potential targets, and former nat sec adviser Michael Flynn admitted to having improper conversations with a Russian ambassador during the transition. But the question remained whether anyone currently serving in the White House would be implicated in the investigation.
Well, according to a new report from The Washington Post, people familiar with the investigation say that a current senior administration official has been identified as a person of interest in the probe. In other words, it looks like this thing goes straight to the top. The individual was described by the paper as a senior adviser who is close to the president, but the Post’s sources would not further identify them.
Current senior officials who have acknowledged or been implicated as having contacts with Russian officials include Jared Kushner, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. Also, you know, the president.
The Post’s sources said that the investigation is still heavily interested in former associates who at one point wielded a lot of power in the campaign and administration, including Manafort and Flynn. They added that the investigation was intensifying, with subpoenas being issued and interviews being conducted with many of the key players involved.