Journalistic bastions The New York Times and the Washington Post have broken two new stories on the ongoing Trump saga.

According to a new report in the Times, after Comey’s dismissal, Trump told his Russian comrades, in that now infamous meeting in the Oval Office, that he had “…just fired the head of the FBI”, describing the former Director as “…crazy, a real nut job.” On the heels of this revelation comes a story in the Washington Post which states that investigators have now identified a close member of the current Trump camp as someone who possibly colluded with Russia during the campaign (Jared Kushner anyone?).

The Times’ story was not denied by the White House. Instead, they offered a load of word salad, via press secretary Sean Spicer, typically intended to deflect and obfuscate.

“The President has always emphasized the importance of making deals with Russia as it relates to Syria, Ukraine, defeating ISIS and other key issues for the benefit and safety of the American people,” said Spicer in a statement. “By grandstanding and politicizing the investigation into Russia’s actions, James Comey created unnecessary pressure on our ability to engage and negotiate with Russia. The investigation would have always continued, and obviously, the termination of Comey would not have ended it. Once again, the real story is that our national security has been undermined by the leaking of private and highly classified conversations.”

Two more pieces in a nefarious puzzle which, to anyone with a pair of working eyeballs, is getting closer and closer to completion. Every day we hear Donald J Trump complain about his unfair treatment in the press, that he is the most put-upon president in our nation’s history…that the Russian investigation is a mere ‘witch hunt’.  If this is truly the case, then why is he constantly in contact with them? During the campaign, it’s been confirmed that he himself had contacted Russian operatives at least six times, a relationship that appears ongoing and which laughs in the face of the intense scrutiny he is under.

If, as he claims, he has had ‘zero’ contact with Russia…then why did he feel the need to personally inform them about firing Comey? And why did he pass on classified information? If he is innocent of collusion with Russia, then why did he feel ‘pressure’ to fire the man investigating him?

It will be interesting to see the Republican reaction to these latest developments. At some point, they will have to make a choice between their precious tax cut for the rich, and the welfare of a nation under siege.

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