Monday's HOT MIC

Monday's HOT MIC

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said during the press briefing today that with the indictment against Manafort and his associate, Rick Gates, the White House believes the Mueller investigation is wrapping up. Others, such as National Review's David French, citing the arrest of Trump campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos, are saying that we're only seeing the end of the first phase of the Russia probe. While evidence of collusion with Russia on the part of team Trump remains scanty, things may be heating up for Democrats.

The Podesta Group was reportedly subpoenaed back in August.

In an exclusive report last Tuesday, Fox News host Tucker Carlson reported that Paul Manafort had worked extensively with the Podesta Group since at least 2011 on behalf of Russia.

My report is here:

An unnamed source who used to hold a senior position at the Podesta Group told Carlson that Manafort's Russian clients wanted to influence Washington and sought the Podesta brothers because of their ties to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The source said he was coming forward out of disgust for how the media has been dishonestly reporting the Russia/Trump collusion investigations.

The source, according to Carlson, said most reporters were not only "getting it wrong -- they were getting it backward."

And now this via PJ Media's Tyler O'Neil: Clinton Bundler Tony Podesta Steps Down, Dissolves the Podesta Group.

Democrats are currently weathering a number of interconnecting scandals involving Uranium One, Fusion GPS, the Steele Dossier, and the Awan brothers IT scandal.