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Trump's New Lawyer in Russia Probe Is a Familiar Face

Rudy Giuliani is joining, plus more of the latest developments related to Russia, Trump

(Newser) - Rudy Giuliani is joining President Trump's legal team with an eye on ending special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe. "I’m doing it because I hope we can negotiate an end to this for the good of the country and because I have high regard for the... More »

McConnell Won't Let Senate Vote on Bill to Safeguard Mueller

His reasoning is that it's unnecessary

(Newser) - "I'm the one who decides what we take to the floor," Mitch McConnell said Tuesday in a Fox News interview during which he explained that bipartisan legislation intended to safeguard special counsel Robert Mueller from being fired by President Trump won't make the cut. "We... More »

Did Cohen Raid Dash Hopes for a Mueller-Trump Sit-Down?

NBC says talks have broken down after raid on attorney office

(Newser) - President Trump said in January that he was "looking forward" to chatting under oath with Robert Mueller in the special counsel's Russia investigation, but that possibility may have vanished this week after talks between the two sides fell apart and both sides started to mull how to move... More »

Trump Slams Rod Rosenstein, Mueller on Twitter

Sources say president is considering firing Rosenstein

(Newser) - President Donald Trump insisted that all was "very calm and calculated" at the White House, even as he vented Wednesday about the Russia probe and complained about Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, the AP reports. Trump, who was so incensed by the FBI's raid of his personal attorney'... More »

Report: Trump Has Tried to Fire Mueller Twice Already

He ordered firing in anger at news report last year

(Newser) - President Trump tried to fire Robert Mueller in December, which is the second known time the president has attempted to get rid of the special counsel, according to the New York Times . which cites interviews with eight White House officials and other people close to Trump. The sources say Trump... More »

Trump's 'Fix-It Guy' May Be in Real Trouble

A look at the potential legal trouble for Michael Cohen, as well as the president

(Newser) - A quick look at stories about Michael Cohen, the president's personal attorney, reveals a clear theme: The 51-year-old has long prided himself on being Donald Trump's No. 1 troubleshooter. "I am the fix-it guy," he once told the Wall Street Journal , which also collects a quote... More »

Trump's New Response to Raid Is Succinct


(Newser) - President Trump has more to say about Robert Mueller's latest moves, and it's in all caps with three exclamation points: "A TOTAL WITCH HUNT!!!" Trump tweeted Tuesday morning after the FBI's raid on the office of Trump attorney Michael Cohen. He also wrote : "Attorney–... More »

Report: Mueller Told Trump He Isn't a 'Criminal Target'

But that doesn't mean he's off the hook, analysts say

(Newser) - Robert Mueller has told President Trump's lawyers that he is only a "subject" of his investigation, not a criminal "target," insiders say. Sources tell the Washington Post that the special counsel told the attorneys that he still wants to interview Trump and he is preparing a... More »

Rosenstein Authorized Mueller to Probe Manafort, Memo Shows

Court filing reveals previously unreleased memo

(Newser) - Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein explicitly authorized the Justice Department's special counsel to investigate allegations that President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman colluded with the Russian government, according to a court filing late Monday night. Special counsel Robert Mueller's team of prosecutors included that detail in a... More »

Robert Mueller's Inquiry Is Sending Someone to Jail

Dutch attorney Alex van der Zwaan gets 30 days for offense not directly related to election

(Newser) - A Dutch attorney who lied to federal agents investigating former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was sentenced Tuesday to 30 days in prison in the first punishment handed down in Robert Mueller's Russia investigation. He was also ordered to pay a $20,000 fine. Alex van der Zwaan's... More »

Trump Lawyer Reportedly Floated Pardons for 2 Figures

But John Dowd denies report in 'New York Times' regarding Flynn, Manafort

(Newser) - President Trump's lawyer, John Dowd, discussed pardons for Michael Flynn and Paul Manafort with their lawyers as special counsel Robert Mueller was building cases against them, three people with knowledge of the conversations tell the New York Times . If true, the Times points out the timing would be significant,... More »

Report: Mueller Witness Sent $2.5M to Trump Fundraiser

Sources say George Nader secretly backed anti-Qatar agenda

(Newser) - A top fundraiser for President Trump received millions of dollars from a political adviser to the United Arab Emirates last April, just weeks before he began handing out a series of large political donations to US lawmakers considering legislation targeting Qatar, the UAE's chief rival in the Persian Gulf,... More »

New Lawyers: We Can't Help Trump With Russia Probe

Joseph diGenova, Victoria Toensing have 'conflicts'

(Newser) - President Donald Trump will not be adding two new lawyers to the legal team defending him in the special counsel's Russia investigation, one of the president's attorneys said Sunday. Trump attorney Jay Sekulow says in a statement that Washington lawyers Joseph diGenova and Victoria Toensing have conflicts that... More »

Trump: 'Very Happy' With His Legal Team

'Don’t believe the Fake News narrative that it is hard to find a lawyer who wants to take this on'

(Newser) - President Trump is busily tweeting how "very happy" he is with his legal team in the wake of the departure of top lawyer John Dowd, reports the Washington Post . "Many lawyers and top law firms want to represent me in the Russia case...don’t believe the Fake... More »

Report: Guccifer a Russian Spy Who Forgot to Use His VPN

Daily Beast has the scoop on supposed 'lone' hacker who might be Russian intelligence

(Newser) - It's hard to beat a Russian spy at his or her own game, but sometimes all it takes is forgetting to use one's anonymity shroud online. That's per Mashable , which offers a condensed breakdown of the Daily Beast 's deeper dive into a startling claim about... More »

Trump Attorney Dowd Resigns

He had been the lead attorney in the Mueller investigation

(Newser) - President Trump has another major personnel change to deal with: John Dowd, his personal attorney who had been leading the president's response to the Robert Mueller investigation, has resigned, report the New York Times and the Washington Post . The latter paper suggests his departure was "largely a mutual... More »

New Hire Shakes Up Trump Legal Team

Joseph DiGenova has claimed FBI plotted to frame president

(Newser) - With reshuffles, insecurity, and infighting, President Trump's legal team is starting to resemble his White House team, insiders say. The president—who has been more vocal than ever in recent days about his displeasure with Robert Mueller's investigation—shook up his legal team again on Monday, bringing in... More »

Report Sees 'Huge Clue' as to Mueller Strategy

Special counsel focusing on post-election activities, says Axios: obstruction, not collusion

(Newser) - Think obstruction, not collusion. That's the takeaway of a report in Axios about what it sees as a "huge clue" in Robert Mueller's strategy. In his conversations with President Trump's lawyers, Mueller has been focusing on things that happened after the election—including the firing of... More »

Trump's Tweets on Mueller Have Republicans Worried

Some think the president is moving closer to firing the special counsel

(Newser) - It's been a busy weekend on the Robert Mueller front thanks to the firing of Andrew McCabe , and both Politico and the AP are taking note of a potentially big development: President Trump is now going after Mueller directly in tweets. The president has previously complained about the investigation... More »

NYT: Mueller Subpoenas Trump's Business

President had previously warned special counsel about this 'red line'

(Newser) - A new subpoena issued by Robert Mueller may be approaching a "red line" President Trump has warned him not to cross. The New York Times reports that the special counsel has subpoenaed the Trump Organization for documents, including some related to Russia. Trump has previously warned that he didn'... More »

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