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    Trump-Russia probe now includes possible cover-up, Congress is told

    Trump-Russia probe now includes possible cover-up, Congress is told

    BY MATTHEW SCHOFIELD AND LESLEY CLARK
    McClatchy Washington Bureau

    WASHINGTON Investigators into Russian meddling in the U.S. presidential elections are now also probing whether White House officials have engaged in a cover-up, according to members of Congress who were briefed Friday by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

    That avenue of investigation was added in recent weeks after assertions by former FBI Director James Comey that President Donald Trump had tried to dissuade him from pressing an investigation into the actions of Trump’s first national security adviser, retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, members of Congress said, though it was not clear whom that part of the probe might target.


    Even as members of Congress were mulling over the expansion of the case into possible cover-up, and its reclassification from counterintelligence to criminal, the scandal appeared to grow. The Washington Post reported Friday afternoon that federal investigators were looking at a senior White House official as a “significant person of interest.” The article did not identify the official, though it noted that the person was “someone close to the president.”


    A person of interest is someone law enforcement identifies as relevant to an investigation but who has not been charged or arrested.


    Cover-ups have traditionally been a major part of investigations that have threatened previous administrations. Articles of impeachment levied against Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton included allegations of obstruction of justice, as they were suspected of trying to hide other wrongdoing.


    Then-FBI Director James Comey announced on March 9 that the FBI was investigating possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian agents. On May 9, President Trump fired the FBI director, igniting an outcry that grew from just Democrats to include some Republican lawmakers as well.

    Natalie Fertig McClatchy



    “This is a thorough investigation of what happened in the 2016 election, and it can go anywhere,” said Rep. Mark Walker, R-N.C.

    The possibility of a cover-up is the third branch of an investigation that began as a look at Russian meddling in the election and broadened into whether members of the Trump campaign had cooperated in that efforts, according to the briefing, members of Congress said.


    The election interference aspect, which was first alleged in October in a report by the U.S. intelligence community, appears to be an accepted fact, said Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., who has been at the center of some of the more explosive congressional revelations about the Russia probe.


    What’s really left to be determined, Cummings said, is whether there was “collusion with the Russians, and the possibility of an attempt to cover up.”


    The most visible questions about the possible cover-up have come since Trump took office, and especially in the days since the president abruptly fired Comey on May 9.

    News reports that Comey had written memos about his conversations with Trump since January have fueled that aspect of the probe.


    On Friday, members of Congress said, Rosenstein clearly defined his role in Comey’s dismissal, telling the assembly that while he had written a memo criticizing Comey’s flouting of Justice Department rules for his public revelation of aspects of the Hillary Clinton email probe, it was not intended as a justification for firing Comey. The members said he said he’d been told of the decision to fire Comey before he was asked to write the memo.


    Rosenstein declined to discuss the timing of the memo and who had asked him to write it, saying the memo and its role in Comey’s firing were likely to be part of the investigation, which will now be led by former FBI Director Robert Mueller, whom Rosenstein appointed special counsel on Wednesday.


    “He refused to answer questions and he just kept pushing off everything onto Mueller,” said Rep. Ruben Gallego, D-Ariz., who pronounced the briefing “useless.”


    Despite such frustrations, members agreed that Rosenstein had received a warm reception from both Republicans and Democrats at the meeting, a development that they said showed not only praise for his selection of Mueller to oversee the probe but also a recognition that Republican resistance to an independent probe was futile.



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    “Everybody applauded,” said Rep. Emmanuel Cleaver, D-Mo. “Well, almost everybody. Let’s say 95 percent applauded. Still, two weeks ago, that would not have happened.”
    Cleaver said Rosenstein’s opening statement was “clear, concise” and had let those in the room know “this is a real investigation, looking into very real issues.”

    “I came out of there knowing that I trust this deputy attorney general, that I trust this special counsel and while he didn’t answer many questions, he had a clear reason for not answering,” Cleaver said.


    Republicans were more reluctant to share details of the briefing, citing its classified nature, but they said they expected Congress to continue its own investigations.


    House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., said clearly there might come a time when the special counsel thought the congressional investigation might interfere with his own probe. “But so far, there’s been no suggestion that we can’t move forward,” he said.


    House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., said one of his biggest takeaways was that Rosenstein had said he had no evidence that Comey had asked for more resources for the investigation before he was fired.


    Rep. Dan Kildee, D-Mich., sounded a note of caution, fearing the public won’t be told the investigation’s results if it falls short of criminal charges.


    “If the investigation determines that (cooperation between Trump’s campaign and the Russians) happened but it doesn’t rise to the level not only of criminality but a case that can be made, how will the public ever know about that? A decision to not charge doesn’t necessarily give us any of that information,” he said.

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    LOL!! An investigation still in search of a crime thinks it's found a cover-up. Oh my Lord, it's just too funny to believe!!
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    Still waiting for the obama, clinton, lynch, comey "cover up/don't prosecute" - charge all involved.
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    Exactly. This is better than SNL. Investigations into cover-ups in investigations still searching for a crime to cover-up.

    Reasons to fire Comey:

    1. His navy blazer didn't blend well enough into the drapes.
    2. He's crazy.
    3. He's a nut job.
    4. He's a Hillary Shrill.
    5. He thinks he's the AG when he's just Director of the FBI.
    6. He thinks the FBI needs him to protect them from a Law and Order President.
    7. He used a phony dossier to justify a FISA warrant against an innocent US citizen named Carter Page.
    8. He unmasked Michael Flynn and leaked it to the Washington Post.
    9. He was disgusted by Trump's handshake.
    10. He talks shop outside the agency with journalists.
    11. He uses the "Russia Inquiry" to interfere with a new foreign policy with Russia.
    12. He practices make-believe talks with Trump with his aides and assistants.
    13. He's the "intel" leaker.
    14. He's Creepy Comey.

    Thank God, Trump had the balls to fire his weird ass.
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    Honestly, this whole thing has fizzled. After a year of investigations that started last spring, they've got nothing but "may", "could", "believe could", "believe may", and when cornered for a specific they clam up, duck and run. Did someone hack into the DNC? Did someone separately phish and get John Podesta's emails? Apparently. But who, we don't know. We do know that the guy in charge of IT for the DNC named Seth Rich ended up murdered, shot in the back. Murder unsolved. We do know that the FBI knew the DNC had been hacked before the DNC knew it had been hacked. We do know someone gave Wikileaks John Podesta's emails or at least some of them. We do know the Obama Administration spied on Americans for political purposes. Those are crimes. We do know that classified information is being leaked by the Intel Community and the FBI. Those are crimes. No one is doing anything about the actual crimes we know about from the murder of Seth Rich to these awful leaks.

    As to trying to over-turn this election or prosecute Trump people or make a case for impeachment, that isn't going to happen. That Snowflake Dream has fizzled like faulty fireworks.
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    In my humble opinion I wouldn't be surprised if they already have manufactured evidence in order to impeach Trump. It's just a matter of time before it comes out.
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    Manufactured evidence works with the media, but it rarely works in court and legal proceedings when you pay attention and have good attorneys reviewing the "evidence". Trump's in the wise, he knows what's going on, and he'll be ready. Bannon is going to lead the effort to fight against this and he'll do a great job.
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