Saturday, August 12, 2017

Congressional investigators want to question Trump's "gatekeeper" Rhona Graff.

Courtesy of Yahoo News:  

Congressional investigators want to question President Donald Trump’s longtime personal secretary as part of their ongoing probe into a controversial meeting between Trump campaign officials and a Russian lawyer promising dirt on Hillary Clinton, ABC News has learned.

Rhona Graff, a senior vice president at the Trump Organization who has worked at Trump Tower for nearly 30 years, has acted as a gatekeeper to Trump. She remains a point of contact for the sprawling universe of Trump associates, politicians, reporters and others seeking Trump's time and attention, even now that he's in the White House. 

Graff's position in Trump's orbit recently gained attention after Donald Trump Jr. released a June 2016 email exchange with British publicist Rob Goldstone leading up to the meeting with Russian attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya at Trump Tower. 

“I can also send this info to your father via Rhona," Goldstone wrote Donald Jr. in the email, "but it is ultra sensitive so wanted to send to you first.” Graff was not on the email chain and it's unclear if Goldstone ever made direct contact with her. 

“Since her name is in the email, people will want her to answer questions,” said Rep. Peter King, R-New York, a member of the House Intelligence Committee who knows Graff. “If you go into Trump Tower, you’re going to mention her name.”

According to the article Trump himself does not participate in e-mail, so this Graff person receives any e-mails on his behalf, prints them out, and hands them to him to read.

If he has a response he writes it with a Sharpie marker and hands it back for her to send on his behalf.

This indicates that ANY electronic messages sent to Trump have first come through this one person, so of course investigators would want to talk with her.

Vanity Fair had this to say about this news:

Lawmakers’ interest in Graff is likely to infuriate Trump. Last month, the president—who has continually dismissed the Russia investigation as a “witch hunt” orchestrated by allies of Hillary Clinton as an excuse for losing the election—said that special counsel Robert Mueller would be crossing a line if he began to investigate the Trump family, their finances, and the Trump Organization in a way that exceeded the initial scope of the Russia probe. Calling Graff to testify before Congress, or otherwise requesting information from her, might fall into that category.

Yep, I think that is probably accurate.

But then again I think that just about everything going on with these investigations right now must be causing Trump some sleepless nights. 

(Heavy has some more information about Graff.)

17 comments:

  1. Anonymous8:35 AM

    I doubt very seriously Trump is having any sleepless nights. Sociopaths sleep soundly.

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  2. Anonymous8:48 AM

    Crossing a line??!! Of his own making?
    HOW I despise that asshole, his family, and associates.

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  3. Anonymous9:23 AM

    I work in city government and see women like this all the time. They are gratingly annoying.

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  4. Anonymous9:24 AM

    Report: Congressional Investigators Are Keen To Talk To Trump’s Secretary
    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/congress-wants-question-rhona-graff-trump-secretary-russia-probe

    Dem Rep: NRA And Dana Loesch ‘Quickly Becoming Domestic Security Threats’
    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/dem-rep-nra-dana-loesch-quickly-becoming-domestic-security-threats
    The National Riffle Association’s response — or lack thereof — regarding the death of legal gun owner Philando Castile, who was killed by police when attempting to show the officer his firearm registration, struck a chord with one Democratic member of Congress.
    On Thursday, NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch sent out a tweet storm explaining why the NRA didn’t stand up for Castile, saying it was because Castile was in the possession of “a controlled substance” and a firearm when he was pulled over.
    “Which is illegal. Stop lying,” she tweeted.
    Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-NY) retweeted Loesch’s statement, asking if Castile had been a white man, would the NRA have stayed silent on the matter.
    “You’re the ones lying,” she said.

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  5. Anonymous9:25 AM

    Expecting her to tell the truth? Yeah, right.

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    1. Anonymous9:33 AM

      She's well trained and has been lying for him for 25 years.

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    2. Anonymous11:00 AM

      Maybe the threat of perjury and some prison time will make her a bit more honest.

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  6. Anonymous9:42 AM

    Donald, "Rhona just lie about everything, I will give you a pardon regardless of what they do to you."

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    1. Anonymous12:00 PM

      Yeah. Trump has those golden tickets of pardon in his pocket. He only has a handful. Wonder who he will dole them out to when the time comes?

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  7. Anonymous9:46 AM

    Trump to visit NYC.

    Opponents of Trump’s immigration policies are planning to protest outside Trump Tower on Tuesday.

    (today State of emergency at Charlottesville rally)

    Police officials estimate the cost of securing the president while he’s in town is roughly $300,000 per day, but that could easily change depending on whom he’s with, how many people are in his entourage, where he’s headed and how long he’s planning to stay.

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/nypd-prepare-trump-tower-return

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  8. Anonymous9:58 AM

    ot Oh Christ, Would You Just Look.........
    https://wonkette.com/621557/oh-christ-would-you-just-look-at-these-assholes

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  9. Anonymous10:09 AM

    Alot of of people suck ass for money.

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  10. Anonymous10:23 AM

    Mueller eyeing permission to talk with Reince Preibus as Russia probe hits interrogation phase: report
    http://www.rawstory.com/2017/08/mueller-eyeing-permission-to-talk-with-reince-preibus-as-russia-probe-hits-interrogation-phase-report/

    Melania and Trump don't like violence today. Comment on Charlottesville. David Duke is at the rally sending love to Donald Trump.
    “We are determined to take our country back,” Duke said.

    https://www.rawstory.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/David-Duke.png
    “We are going to fulfill the promises of Donald Trump.”

    David Duke, the white nationalist leader and former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard, urged "European-Americans" to vote for Donald Trump.
    https://cloudfront.mediamatters.org/static/uploader/image/2016/02/26/davidduke-donaldtrump.jpg

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  11. Anonymous10:42 AM

    Mueller eyeing permission to talk with Reince Preibus as Russia probe hits interrogation phase: report
    http://www.rawstory.com/2017/08/mueller-eyeing-permission-to-talk-with-reince-preibus-as-russia-probe-hits-interrogation-phase-report/

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    1. Anonymous12:12 PM

      Why would Mueller need permission

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  12. Anonymous3:10 PM

    ding, ding, ding.

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