* Julia Ainsley, Carol Lee, Robert Windrem and Andrew Lehren report that a foreign government may have dirt on the First Son-In-Law:
Qatari officials gathered evidence of what they claim is illicit influence by the United Arab Emirates on Jared Kushner and other Trump associates, including details of secret meetings, but decided not to give the information to special counsel Robert Mueller for fear of harming relations with the Trump administration, say three sources familiar with the Qatari discussions.
Lebanese-American businessman George Nader and Republican donor Elliott Broidy, who participated in the meetings, have both been the focus of news reports in recent days about their connections to the UAE and Trump associates.
It is unknown whether Qatari officials were the source of the recent news stories detailing activities by Nader and Broidy published by The New York Times and CNN.
NBC News previously reported that Qatari officials weighed speaking to Mueller during a visit to Washington earlier this year, and has now learned the information the officials wanted to share included details about Nader and Broidy working with the UAE to turn the Trump administration against Qatar, according to three people familiar with the discussions.
There’s no way a seasoned operator like Jared could possibly be compromised by anyone, so I’m sure it’s all good.
Prime Minister Theresa May said Monday that British investigators have concluded it was “highly likely” that Russia was responsible for the poison attack that left a former Russian double agent and his daughter comatose on a park bench last week.
The British leader said police identified the poison as a “military-grade nerve agent of a type developed by Russia.”
She said Russia either engaged in a direct attack against Britain or lost control of the nerve agent it developed. Britain will not tolerate such a “brazen attempt to murder innocent civilians on our soil,” she warned.
As she addressed the House of Commons, the British leader stopped short of announcing retaliatory actions, saying she would give Russia a chance to respond to her government’s findings and would return to Parliament on Wednesday with a plan for specific action.
I await President Trump’s comment that poisoning your enemies is very strong, very tough, just what a real leader does.
* Byron Tau reports that the House Intelligence Committee is just about done doing interviews in its Russia “investigation.” I trust Chairman Nunes will conclude that the whole thing was Hillary Clinton’s fault.
* Vaughn Hillyard shares a bunch of interviews with voters from the Pennsylvania 18th.
* Haley Sweetland Edwards offers an epic report on how the Trump administration’s immigration policies are tearing families apart.
* And Nick Miroff reports that a year after they were supposed to figure out how to measure the effectiveness of border walls, the Trump administration has decided to just repeat the words “Walls work!!!” over and over.