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Manafort Drops His Legal Team

Raid was 'tough stuff,' Trump says

(Newser) - President Trump's embattled former campaign chairman has hired a new legal team as the pressure from Robert Mueller's Russia investigation increases. Jason Maloni, a spokesman for Paul Manafort, says Manafort has dropped law firm WilmerHale, which had been speaking to investigators on his behalf, and now plans to... More »

Feds Trying to Rattle Manafort in a New Way

Politico reports they're putting pressure on his son-in-law

(Newser) - Robert Mueller's Russia investigation jumped back into the headlines Wednesday with news of a pre-dawn raid at the home of former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort. Now Politico reports that investigators appear to be trying to rattle Manafort in another way, by approaching his son-in-law in a bid for... More »

Pre-Dawn FBI Raid at Manafort's Home Revealed

It took place last month, signaling Robert Mueller's interest in ex-Trump campaign chair

(Newser) - The Virginia home of President Trump's former campaign chairman was raided by FBI agents late last month, sources tell the Washington Post . Paul Manafort had voluntarily met with investigators for the Senate Intelligence Committee on July 25, and the pre-dawn raid—which came with no advance warning—was carried... More »

Senate Moves to Protect Mueller From Trump

2 bills would make it harder for the president to fire him

(Newser) - The Russian investigation seems to have taken a big step forward with the decision by Robert Mueller to impanel a grand jury, but President Trump reiterated a familiar theme to supporters at a West Virginia rally Thursday night. "Total fabrication," he said of the idea his campaign colluded... More »

Mueller Forms Grand Jury in Russia Investigation: Report

Experts say that means the investigation into Trump, others is ramping up

(Newser) - Experts say Robert Mueller's investigation into President Trump, his associates, and Russia shows no sign of wrapping up, with sources telling the Wall Street Journal the special counsel has impaneled a grand jury in Washington DC. Grand juries allow prosecutors to subpoena documents, have witnesses testify under oath, and... More »

Graham: Ousting Mueller 'Could Be Beginning of End' for Trump

Sen. Graham is introducing bill to curb Trump's ability to fire Mueller

(Newser) - “Any effort to go after Mueller could be the beginning of the end of the Trump presidency," Politico quotes Sen. Lindsey Graham as saying. The Republican senator says he's introducing a bipartisan bill that will subject any firing of a special counsel investigating a president—including a... More »

Report: Trump Is Asking About the Pardons Process

But Trump attorney says 'pardons are not being discussed'

(Newser) - As special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation continues to simmer, President Trump's legal team is allegedly brainstorming how to throw cold water on it, "people familiar with the effort" tell the Washington Post . Among the strategies reportedly on the table is an attempt to slow or stop... More »

Trump Says He Now Regrets Hiring Sessions

Recusing himself from Russia probe was 'very unfair,' Trump says

(Newser) - President Trump says he would never have hired Jeff Sessions as his attorney general if he had known Sessions was going to recuse himself from the Russia investigation. In a New York Times interview, Trump makes it clear that he feels he has been shabbily treated by Sessions, who was... More »

Sources: Justice Dept. Special Counsel Will Probe Trump Jr.

As part of its broader investigation into alleged Russian meddling, sources say

(Newser) - The Donald Trump Jr. Russia email controversy will, according to a US official who spoke to CNN , be probed by Justice Department Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigators. The investigators will look into Trump Jr.'s emails with a Russian lawyer during the 2016 US presidential election as part... More »

Comey's Leaked Trump Memos May Contain Classified Info

'That is so illegal!!' president tweets upon report

(Newser) - Remember when James Comey acknowledged that he not only wrote detailed memos of his conversations with President Trump, but made sure one of them got leaked to the press ? At the time, the former FBI chief said he was careful to include only non-classified information in the memos, but... More »

Trump: Suggesting I Had Comey Tapes 'Wasn't Stupid'

Says Mueller's friendship with Comey is 'very bothersome'

(Newser) - Allies of President Trump have been demanding Robert Mueller recuse himself from the Justice Department investigation into links between the Trump campaign and Russia and whether Trump tried to obstruct justice, reports Politico . And while Trump himself wouldn't go that far in an interview with Fox & Friends that... More »

Mike Pence Hires Criminal Defense Lawyer

He 'looks forward to a swift conclusion of this matter'

(Newser) - Mike Pence has decided it is time to lawyer up. The vice president has hired a private criminal defense lawyer with his own money to represent him as special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of alleged Russian election meddling continues, the Washington Post reports. Pence was among the advisers Trump... More »

Report: Mueller Now Investigating Jared Kushner

This is 'standard practice,' lawyer says

(Newser) - Jared Kushner's business ties to Russia are being examined once again, according to a Washington Post story that involves two of President Trump's least favorite things: Anonymous sources and the investigation led by Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller. The Post's sources say Mueller is looking into... More »

Trump Defies Aides, Tweets About Investigation Story

'Single Greatest WITCH HUNT in American political history'

(Newser) - When the Washington Post reported its potential bombshell on Wednesday—that a special prosecutor is looking into whether President Trump obstructed justice—the newspaper noted that aides were urging the president not to comment about the development on Twitter. Those requests didn't work: Trump fired off two tweets Thursday... More »

Trump Just Might Be Under Investigation After All: Report

Officials say Mueller now probing whether Trump tried to obstruct justice

(Newser) - It's not an entirely happy 71st birthday for President Trump as the Washington Post reports what it calls a "major turning point" in the FBI investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election: Special Counsel Robert Mueller is now investigating whether Trump tried to obstruct justice,... More »

Latest DC Buzz: Will Trump Fire Mueller?

Longtime confidante suggests it might happen, but it appears to be a long shot

(Newser) - Christopher Ruddy is seen as a confidante of President Trump, so his assertion on PBS on Monday that Trump might fire special prosecutor Robert Mueller is drawing a lot of attention. It wasn't exactly a firm statement, with the Newsmax CEO saying that Trump is "considering perhaps terminating"... More »

Comey 'Didn't Want to Be Left Alone With Trump'

Trump 'ready for a fight' as hearing approaches

(Newser) - With James Comey's much-anticipated testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee approaching, insiders say President Trump is getting ready for a fight. The former FBI chief's testimony begins Thursday morning, and Trump associates say the president is likely to be watching closely and tweeting furiously, reports the Washington Post... More »

New Report May Mean More Trouble for Trump on Russia

Washington Post says he asked intel chiefs to deny collusion

(Newser) - A new report from the Washington Post could deepen President Trump's trouble with a special investigator. The newspaper says Trump asked the director of national intelligence, Dan Coats, and the director of the National Security Agency, Mike Rogers, to publicly reject the idea of any collusion between his 2016... More »

2 Very Different Views on Trump Special Counsel

'New York Times,' 'Wall Street Journal' offer opposite takes

(Newser) - Robert Mueller is getting bipartisan praise , but President Trump thinks the appointment of a special prosecutor over the Russia-Trump campaign probe is a " witch hunt ." What does the media say? Dueling editorials from the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times offer opposite takes:
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Trump on Special Prosecutor: Biggest 'Witch Hunt' Ever in US

The president weighs in via Twitter

(Newser) - "This is the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!" That was President Trump's Thursday morning tweet following news that a special prosecutor had been appointed to investigate whether Trump's campaign had ties to Russian tampering with the presidential election. He followed that... More »

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