Wednesday’s Mini-Report, 12.27.17

Today’s edition of quick hits:

* Look for more on this on tonight’s show: “In just the last few weeks, [Robert Mueller’s] prosecutors have begun questioning Republican National Committee staffers about the party digital operation that worked with the Trump campaign to target voters in key swing states. They are seeking to determine if the joint effort was related to the activities of Russian trolls and bots aimed at influencing the American electorate, according to two of the sources.”

* This, too: “A Georgian-American businessman [Irakly Kaveladze] who met then-Miss Universe pageant owner Donald Trump in 2013, has been questioned by congressional investigators about whether he helped organize a meeting between Russians and Trump’s eldest son during the 2016 election campaign, four sources familiar with the matter said.”

* Confirming earlier reports: “Federal prosecutors have requested records related to a $285 million loan that Deutsche Bank gave Jared Kushner’s family real estate company one month before Election Day, the company confirmed this week.”

* And if Trump declines the request? “Joseph Flynn, the brother of President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser and campaign aide Michael Flynn, said Tuesday it is ‘about time’ the President pardons his brother.”

* Nunes strikes again: “House Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes has issued a subpoena to David Kramer, a former State Department official who in late November 2016 traveled to London to receive a briefing and a copy of the Trump dossier from its author, former British spy Christopher Steele. Kramer then returned to the United States to give the document to Sen. John McCain.”

* Please stop thinking of Kasich as a moderate: “Ohio on Friday became the fourth state to ban abortions performed after a prenatal test shows the fetus has or might have Down syndrome. Gov. John Kasich signed into law House Bill 214, the 20th abortion restriction passed since he took office in 2011, and 14 other bills Friday morning.”

* An underappreciated story: “In short, President Barack Obama’s signature domestic achievement is becoming more like what conservatives despise – government-run health care – thanks in part to Republican efforts that are raising premiums for people without government assistance and allowing them to skirt coverage.”

Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.

Wednesday's Mini-Report, 12.27.17