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Mueller Trump Russian probe Update Oct. 18, 2017…Talking to the insiders…

Special Council Mueller’s people are concentrating on the inner Trump  White House people as they reconstruct the events during the beginning of the Trump Admin…..

The Comey firing and Trump Russian contacts are among the probes direction….

President Donald Trump’s former press secretary Sean Spicer met with special counsel Robert Mueller’s team on Monday for an interview that lasted much of the day, according to multiple people familiar with the meeting.

During his sitdown, Spicer was grilled about the firing of former FBI director James Comey and his statements regarding the firing, as well as about Trump’s meetings with Russians officials including one with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in the Oval Office, one person familiar with the meeting said.

Spicer declined to comment. His attorney, Christopher Mead, did not respond to multiple calls and emails requesting comment.

Spicer’s interview has long been expected as part of Mueller’s ongoing and widening investigation into Russia’s potential interference in the 2016 presidential election. Before joining the Trump administration, Spicer served as press secretary to the Republican National Committee, and then worked out of Trump Tower during the end of the general election campaign and during the transition, as part of the Republican nominee’s team.

Mueller’s team has been tight-lipped about its process. But Spicer’s Monday meeting shows that Mueller is starting to ramp up interviews with current and former Trump administration officials. Former chief of staff Reince Priebus met with Mueller last Friday…..

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Some Republican House members defect from Trump…

Ain’t a lot…..

Buy House Republicans  in some blue states and some who have their seats due to the 2010 and 2012 GOP wave’s are putting distance between themselves and Trump….

Alarmed by falling poll numbers,  the healthcare protests and Trump’s on going Russian connection problems?

They going out on their own….

House Republicans facing tough reelection bids are running for cover from Donald Trump — an early sign that they believe the president’s deepening scandals could cost them their seats and even put the House in play.

More than 10 centrist Republicans over the past 48 hours have criticized Trump for reportedly sharing classified information with Russian officials or allegedly trying to quash an FBI investigation. Many joined Democrats in calling for a special prosecutor to take the reins of the Justice Department investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow. (The DOJ named a special counsel on Wednesday.) Others want a select congressional committee to be appointed.

One swing-district lawmaker, Rep. Carlos Curbelo of Florida, raised the possibility of impeaching Trump if it turns out to be true that he leaned on FBI Director James Comey to drop an investigation of former national security adviser Michael Flynn. But in case it wasn’t clear how Curbelo felt about the matter, his office called reporters to make sure they emphasized Curbelo was the first Republican lawmaker to utter the “I-word.”

“Obstruction of justice is an impeachable offense, so that is an allegation that we have to take very seriously,” Curbelo told a Miami CBS affiliate. “That does not mean it happened, but if this story is accurate, it may have happened. Whatever the case is, we need to get the facts.”

The break from Trump among centrist Republicans is especially notable because some of them had stuck by the president through the brutal fight over Obamacare repeal legislation two weeks ago, backing an unpopular bill despite great political risk at home….

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Democrats STILL have problems…

In most of the special elections held  since Trump won November’s election?

They have lost……

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Deputy Attorney General wouldn’t take Comey firing wrap?….

….drip...Drip…DRIP.

Rod Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general tasked with drafting a memo to explain the removal Tuesday of FBI Director James Comey, threatened to resign after he was painted by the Trump administration as the mind behind the firing, according to The Washington Post.

The Post, citing an anonymous source close to the White House, said Rosenstein felt like he was “cast as the prime mover of the decision to fire Comey,” when in fact he was asked by administration officials to draft the memo after President Donald Trump had already decided to fire the FBI director.

Rosenstein wrote a three-page memo that detailed Comey’s unorthodox handling of the investigation into Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while secretary of state. He noted that Comey’s actions caused “substantial damage” to the reputation of the FBI. Though he didn’t specifically call for the director’s firing, he unequivocally stated that the way Comey handled the email inquiry was “wrong” and said the bureau would be hard pressed to regain credibility under current leadership.

“As a result, the FBI is unlikely to regain public and congressional trust until it has a Director who understands the gravity of the mistakes and pledges never to repeat them,” Rosenstein wrote.

Trump’s formal letter dismissing Comey pointed specifically to Rosenstein’s memo and ultimately said the FBI director was “not able to effectively lead the bureau.” Vice President Mike Pence, speaking to CNN, also said the decision was based on Rosenstein’s memo.

The Post reports some have been confused by the attention given to Rosenstein, and many of his colleagues said the lack of a direct call to fire Comey may have been an effort to push back without getting fired himself. CNN portrayed the career Justice Department official as an “unlikely hatchet man,” which left some wondering if he acted on his own or on the White House’s orders….

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