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FBI Agent Axed Over Trump Texts Says He'd Testify

Donald Trump was not thrilled with Peter Strzok's announcement

(Newser) - The FBI agent who was nixed from the Mueller probe team over texts that disparaged President Trump says he's willing to testify about his side of the story. Per the AP , a lawyer for Peter Strzok told House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte in a letter Sunday that his... More »

Conway's Husband Rebuts Trump Team's 'Terrible' Logic

Idea that Mueller appointment is unconstitutional is 'meritless,' the attorney argues in essay

(Newser) - If Kellyanne Conway has to go on TV to defend her boss' argument that the Robert Mueller appointment is unconstitutional, she might well be presented with a detailed argument to the contrary from her husband. George Conway, who the Washington Post notes is a respected conservative attorney, has written a... More »

Mueller Delivers More Trouble to Manafort

Trump's former campaign chief faces obstruction charges after alleged witness tampering

(Newser) - Special counsel Robert Mueller has brought additional charges against President Trump's campaign chairman and a longtime associate, accusing them of obstructing justice. The new charges were unsealed Friday against Paul Manafort and Konstantin Kilimnik just days after prosecutors accused the two men of attempting to tamper with witnesses as... More »

Trump Blames Sessions' Recusal for 'So Many Lives Ruined'

President also demanded 'transparency' on DOJ report on probe into Clinton's email server

(Newser) - The president's impatience with Robert Mueller's Russia probe once more reared its head on Twitter Tuesday, with Jeff Sessions getting special mention. "The Russian Witch Hunt Hoax continues, all because Jeff Sessions didn't tell me he was going to recuse himself," Trump tweeted , per the... More »

Manafort Allegedly Called a Witness, Got Hung Up On

Prosecutors working for Mueller ask judge to revoke his house arrest

(Newser) - Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort made several attempts to tamper with witnesses in his ongoing criminal cases, prosecutors said Monday as they asked a federal judge to consider revoking his house arrest . In a court filing, prosecutors working for special counsel Robert Mueller wrote that Manafort and one of... More »

Trump: Mueller Inquiry Is 'UNCONSTITUTIONAL!'

And addresses whether he can pardon himself (he says he can)

(Newser) - President Trump kicked off his Monday morning with a series of tweets about tariffs, the economy, and the "witch hunt" against him. The two receiving this most attention:
  • This : "The appointment of the Special Councel [sic] is totally UNCONSTITUTIONAL! Despite that, we play the game because I, unlike
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Giuliani: Trump Doesn't Plan to Pardon Himself ... Yet

The presidential lawyer speaks out on ABC's 'This Week'

(Newser) - "He's not, but he probably does." So said Rudy Giuliani on Sunday when asked whether President Trump has the power to pardon himself, Reuters reports. Appearing on ABC's This Week, Trump's lawyer clarified by saying that his client "has no intention of pardoning himself,... More »

Trump Lawyers: President Can't Impede Justice, Because He Is Justice

The New York Times unveils their 20-page letter

(Newser) - Another day, another leak related to President Trump—and this one's a biggy. A 20-page letter acquired by the New York Times reveals that Trump's lawyers are making a novel Constitutional argument in an attempt to stave off questioning by Robert Mueller. The special counsel can't force... More »

Trump Warns of Scandal, but Critics Think He's Spinning

President says 'spygate' could be one of the biggest political scandals in US history

(Newser) - President Trump is fond of the term "witch hunt" to describe the investigation into possible campaign collusion with the Russians. On Wednesday, he added a new term to the mix: spygate. As in, "SPYGATE could be one of the biggest political scandals in history!" he tweeted , referring... More »

Guilty Plea of 'Taxi King' Could Be Bad News for Cohen

Evgeny Freidman agrees to cooperate with investigators

(Newser) - The "Taxi King of New York" has made a plea deal that could be bad news for Michael Cohen. Evgeny Freidman, the longtime business partner of President Trump's lawyer, entered a guilty plea in a state tax fraud case Tuesday after making a deal to cooperate with investigators,... More »

Professor Named as FBI's Trump Campaign Informant

Justice Department will investigate 'any irregularities' surrounding Stefan Halper

(Newser) - The FBI informant President Trump accuses of "infiltrating" his 2016 campaign was Stefan Halper, an American professor who taught at the University of Cambridge from 2001 to 2015, according to multiple reports—and this is far from his first rodeo. The 73-year-old served in the Nixon, Ford, and Reagan... More »

Mueller's Obstruction Inquiry Gets Its First Deadline

Special counsel floats Sept. 1 end date, but only if Trump sits for interview, says Giuliani

(Newser) - The first possible deadline for Robert Mueller's investigation surfaced over the weekend: Rudy Giuliani said that Mueller might wrap up his inquiry into whether President Trump obstructed justice by September, reports the New York Times . This appears to be contingent on the president agreeing to sit for an interview.... More »

Trump Makes 'Unprecedented' Demand of DOJ

He suggests campaign 'infiltration' was politically motivated, wants new investigation

(Newser) - President Trump took another leap into uncharted territory Sunday with a demand for the Justice Department to investigate whether the FBI infiltrated his 2016 campaign. Trump tweeted that he would officially demand Monday that the department "look into whether or not the FBI/DOJ infiltrated or surveilled the Trump Campaign... More »

Middle East Countries May Have Helped Trump Win Election

Mueller investigating 2016 meeting at Trump Tower

(Newser) - Seems Donald Trump Jr. had another meeting with foreigners during the election that Robert Mueller's team is investigating, the New York Times reports. According to insiders, Trump Jr. met with a small group at Trump Tower in August 2016: an envoy for two Arab princes, an Israeli expert in... More »

'Congratulations America': A Sarcastic Trump Marks Day

President notes 'witch hunt' has been going on for a year

(Newser) - Thursday is the one-year anniversary of the start of Robert Mueller's investigation, and President Trump is among those marking the occasion. His tweet, however, drips with sarcasm. "Congratulations America, we are now into the second year of the greatest Witch Hunt in American History ... and there is still... More »

Giuliani: Mueller Confirmed He Can't Indict Trump

He says special counsel will abide by DoJ guidelines

(Newser) - President Trump may have some worries, but indictment by Robert Mueller's special investigation isn't one, according to Rudy Giuliani. The Trump lawyer and former New York City mayor says that the special counsel's team has told him that they have concluded, based on Justice Department guidelines going... More »

Judge Gives Manafort Bad News

Special counsel did have the right to charge Manafort, judge finds

(Newser) - Special counsel Robert Mueller was working within his authority when he brought charges against President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, a federal judge in Washington ruled Tuesday. The decision was a setback for Manafort in his defense against charges of money-laundering conspiracy, false statements and acting as... More »

Russia-Linked Firm Paid $500K to Trump Lawyer

Stormy Daniels' attorney releases financial bombshell

(Newser) - Michael Cohen's legal woes appeared to deepen Tuesday night with a bombshell release from Stormy Daniels' attorney. According to financial records reviewed by the New York Times and NBC News , a company linked to a Russian oligarch targeted by US sanctions deposited around $500,000 into an account controlled... More »

Manafort Case: Judge Questions Mueller's Powers

'We had to follow the money where it led,' Justice Department lawyer told the court

(Newser) - The indictment of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort took center stage in federal court on Friday and things got a bit testy. US District Court Judge T.S. Ellis tartly asked Robert Mueller's prosecution team to explain how their indictment of Manafort on financial charges relates to Mueller'... More »

Giuliani: Mueller Is Trying to 'Trap' Trump Into Perjury

If a meeting does occur, it should take 'two or three hours'

(Newser) - New Trump legal team member Rudy Giuliani told Fox News that the president may not sit down with special counsel Robert Mueller and that if he does, he should not be under oath, reports USA Today . "What they’re really trying to do is trap him into perjury, and... More »

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