As President Trump’s first year in office comes to a close, Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation is headed full throttle into the new year. The Russia investigation appears to be heating up in recent weeks. Trump campaign officials have been indicted.
A significant development in the probe came when former Trump National Security Adviser Michael Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI and began cooperating with investigators. Flynn was extremely close to the President throughout the campaign and during his short stint in the White House.
As the investigation pushes forward, Mueller and his team have begun talking to the former staff of the Republican National Committee (RNC). He is speaking to people in the RNC who were familiar with the Trump campaigns digital operations.
Michael Isikoff of Yahoo News recently reported that Mueller and his team is interested in “the party digital operation that worked with the Trump campaign to target voters in key swing states.”
Isikoff continued to explain that Mueller, and his team of investigators, is “seeking to determine if the joint [RNC-Trump campaign] effort was related to the activities of Russian trolls and bots aimed at influencing the American electorate…”
Mueller’s interest in the RNC’s knowledge of and involvement with any possible Trump campaign collusion with Russia is sure to worry many on capitol hill.
The theory that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to influence the 2016 Presidential election hinges in large part on the data operation. The data operation was headed by Presidential son in law Jared Kushner.
As Mueller has begun talking to the RNC about that very digital operation, another dark cloud looms for the President. Jared Kushner’s lawyers have started seeking out a crisis public relations firm, to manage all press inquiries. Crisis public relations firms are a go-to tool for high powered individuals who believe they are likely to face criminal charges.
While the President’s lawyers continue to assure the President that Mueller’s investigation will come to a close and will end with his exoneration in early 2018, these developments point to a growing investigation that is drawing closer to the Oval Office and the President himself.
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