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December 2, 2017 5:08 pm - NewsBehavingBadly.com

The New York Times did not wait for Monday to drop a major story that undermines game show host Donald Trump’s repeated claims that Michael Flynn went rogue in his interactions with Russian agents:

[E]-mails among top transition officials, provided or described to The New York Times, suggest that Mr. Flynn was far from a rogue actor. In fact, the emails, coupled with interviews and court documents filed on Friday, showed that Mr. Flynn was in close touch with other senior members of the Trump transition team both before and after he spoke with the Russian ambassador, Sergey I. Kislyak, about American sanctions against Russia.

But here’s the big, MOAB-sized bombshell in the story:

On Dec. 29, a transition adviser to Mr. Trump, K. T. McFarland, wrote in an email to a colleague that sanctions announced hours before by the Obama administration in retaliation for Russian election meddling were aimed at discrediting Mr. Trump’s victory. The sanctions could also make it much harder for Mr. Trump to ease tensions with Russia,which has just thrown the U.S.A. election to him,” she wrote in the emails obtained by The Times.

That’s not going to make Mister Real Estate Big Shot happy! Let Twitter’s @aliasvaughan explain the nut of the article in one tweet:

Nor will the consequences of this little tweet from the guy in the Oval Office with zero impulse control:

Did you catch that? We did a spit take. So did the former director of the US Office of Government Ethics, Walter Shaub:

Shaub was not the only one who noticed.

Late this afternoon, The Washington Post updated their coverage of the tweet with this tidbit:

The Post is now reporting that the tweet was authored by Trump’s personal lawyer, John Dowd, according to two people familiar with the situation. The fact that Dowd authored the tweet could limit its salience to the investigation, but the White House still hasn’t publicly corrected anything.

It could also still be a substantive nugget of evidence against one Donald J. Trump.

Meanwhile, WaPo learned that Don McGahn was interviewed by Team Mueller on Thursday, a marathon session that was scheduled to continue Friday but postponed due to the indictment of and guilty plea by Michael Flynn. Interesting timing, don’tcha think? It can’t be a coincidence. Here’s just a sample:

Investigators were particularly interested in how certain foreign officials got on [Jared] Kushner’s calendar and the discussions that Flynn and Kushner had about those encounters, according to people familiar with the questions.

The volume of questions about Kushner in their interviews surprised some witnesses.

“I remember specifically being asked about Jared a number of times,” said one witness.

Another witness said agents and prosecutors repeatedly asked him about Trump’s decision-making during the May weekend he decided to fire FBI Director James B. Comey. Prosecutors inquired whether Kushner had pushed the president to jettison Comey, according to two people familiar with the interview.

What that means is that Kushner is a prime person of interest, and it is not unlikely that you are going to hear his name mentioned along with the words “treason” and “espionage” in the very near future.

Even if Trump leaves or is forced from office, it’s “Mueller time” — and the party is just getting under way.

‘Nuff said.

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Dave “Doctor” Gonzo is a renegade media producer, occasional bassist, web developer, and Grammy® voter. He is editor and senior contributor to News Behaving Badly. He has written for American Politics Journal, Alan Colmes’ Liberaland (Dave was also a semi-frequent Friday guest on Alan’s radio show), and (in print) Audio Review. Dave lives in s fortified compound with doorman in Manhattan’s not-so-trendy Yorkville neighborhood.