From the Reliable Sources email thingie:
The day began with this CNN report about how Robert Mueller was authorized by the DOJ to investigate alleged Paul Manafort collusion with Russian government…
And it ended with this WashPost scoop. As of last month, the Post said, POTUS was a “subject” of Robert Mueller’s criminal investigation, not a “target;” Mueller was actively seeking a presidential interview; and he “told Trump’s lawyers that he is preparing a report about the president’s actions while in office and potential obstruction of justice.” When the story landed at 8:02pm, all the cable newsers rejiggered their rundowns. Fox just mentioned it briefly in the 8pm hour — emphasizing the “not a target” part — while CNN and MSNBC went into more detail…
“It’s a big deal to be under criminal investigation by the FBI,” Jeffrey Toobin said on CNN. While “this has been implicit in what the Mueller investigation has been doing,” this confirmation “that the president is under criminal investigation, I mean, that’s a pretty profound thing…”
“Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III informed President Trump’s attorneys last month that he is continuing to investigate the president but does not consider him a criminal target at this point, according to three people familiar with the discussions.
“In private negotiations in early March about a possible presidential interview, Mueller described Trump as a subject of his investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election. Prosecutors view someone as a subject when that person has engaged in conduct that is under investigation but there is not sufficient evidence to bring charges. The special counsel also told Trump’s lawyers that he is preparing a report about the president’s actions while in office and potential obstruction of justice, according to two people with knowledge of the conversations.
“Mueller reiterated the need to interview Trump — both to understand whether he had any corrupt intent to thwart the Russia investigation and to complete this portion of his probe, the people said.”
Mueller is by the book. He has had the backing of Rod Rosenstein, the acting AG in charge of the Little Kremlin-on-the-Potomac investigation.
500 Quatloos says that the White House (Bullshit Barbie) will leak that Comrade Stupid is furious with Rod Rosenstein for not protecting him. And I’ll wager an additional 500 Quatloos says that the leaks include Prznint Stupid considers firing him.
We’re in the lead-up to the Friday Night Massacre part of the story, methinks.