Critics of the Trump–Russia investigation have tended to put it off as an peek into activities of Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, Trump’s former National Security Advisor Micheal Flynn, and Trump’s former foreign policy adviser Carter Page. For most people, that seems serious enough. However, the idea that all three of the above are currently absent from the White House seems to satisfy many Republicans that there’s no “there” to the investigation.

So there.

The law enforcement investigation into possible coordination between Russia and the Trump campaign has identified a current White House official as a significant person of interest, showing that the probe is reaching into the highest levels of government, according to people familiar with the matter.

A White House official in the highest levels of government?

The senior White House adviser under scrutiny by investigators is someone close to the president, according to these people, who would not further identify the official.

Well that should certainly help the paranoia and confusion that has engulfed the Trump White House.

The fact that someone still at Trump central is under investigation doesn’t mean that the new special counsel has forgotten about those who have already moved out and cashed in. The Three Ruskateers are definitely still in the investigation’s sights.

The sources emphasized that investigators remain keenly interested in people who previously wielded influence in the Trump campaign and administration but are no longer part of it, including former national security adviser Michael Flynn and former campaign chairman Paul Manafort.

“Investigators remain keenly interested.” That’s a term designed to make anyone on the receiving end squirm.

But the game of the day at the White House definitely has to be Just. Who. Is. It? Could it be son-in-law Jared Kushner, who seems to have piled up the Russian connections? 

The White House also has acknowledged that Kushner met with Kislyak, the Russian ambassador to the United States, in late November. Kushner also has acknowledged that he met with the head of a Russian development bank, Vnesheconombank, which has been under U.S. sanctions since July 2014.

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