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Spicer's 'Copious Notes' Could Be 'Honey Pot' for Mueller Probe

Plus, Spicer tells ABC News he doesn't think he lied to the American people

(Newser) - Sean Spicer continued his post-White House press tour with an interview on ABC News Thursday, but while he once again acknowledged that "there's no question ... I made mistakes," he won't be offering "some blanket apology" to the American people. When asked if he'd lied... More »

Mueller Tells White House He Wants Info on 13 Areas

One of those areas: Trump's firings of FBI chief James Comey

(Newser) - Robert Mueller's investigation of alleged Russian campaign meddling appears to be steaming ahead: The special counsel has sent the White House details on 13 areas where investigators are seeking more information and want documents, the New York Times reports. The areas include Trump's firings of FBI chief James... More »

Report: Feds Wiretapped Trump Campaign Chief Manafort

Agents picked lock before July raid on Va. home

(Newser) - The FBI was listening in on Paul Manafort's conversations long before he became chief of the Trump campaign and it wiretapped him again as part of the investigation of alleged Russian election meddling, source say. The insiders tell CNN that Manafort was initially wiretapped under a secret court order... More »

Report: Trump Called AG an Idiot, Told Him to Quit

Jeff Sessions 'humiliated' in Oval Office meeting

(Newser) - President Trump treated his own attorney general as harshly as any failed Apprentice contestant in a heated Oval Office meeting earlier this year, White House insiders say. The New York Times , citing multiple anonymous sources, reports that Trump, angered by the appointment of special counsel Robert Mueller to lead the... More »

Trump Communications Chief Hope Hicks Lawyers Up

She is one of 6 White House staffers Robert Mueller wants to interview

(Newser) - Robert Mueller has provided the White House with a list that no Trump staffer wants to be on: those he might interview as part of his ever-widening Russia investigation. The Washington Post reports that the list has six people for now, including the familiar ones of former chief of staff... More »

Trump Stopped From Sending Comey Letter. Now Mueller Has It

Sources say letter gives reasons for Comey firing closer to the truth

(Newser) - When President Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, the dismissal letter sent to Comey blamed his termination on Comey's handling of the Clinton email investigation and recommendations from the attorney general and deputy attorney general. But the New York Times reports special counsel Robert Mueller is now in possession... More »

Mueller Probe May Have Joined Forces With the IRS

It's one way to get to Trump's tax returns

(Newser) - In his investigation of alleged Russian election meddling, Special Counsel Robert Mueller has reportedly teamed up with the agency that brought down Al Capone: the Internal Revenue Service. Sources tell the Daily Beast that the former FBI director is now working with members of the IRS Criminal Investigation Division, which... More »

Another Bad Sign for Manafort

Robert Mueller has teamed with NY's AG in a move that could thwart Trump's pardon

(Newser) - Robert Mueller might already be considering the possibility that President Trump would pardon his former campaign chairman should Mueller's investigation uncover any wrongdoing. Citing several sources, Politico reports that the special counsel has teamed up with New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman to investigate Paul Manafort's financial transactions,... More »

GOP Lawmaker Takes Step Toward Killing Mueller Probe

Rep. Ron DeSantis suggests investigation is a 'fishing expedition'

(Newser) - A Florida Republican is looking to halt funding for Robert Mueller's special investigation into ties between Donald Trump's presidential campaign and Russia and bar review of all matters before Trump's campaign kicked off. The amendment put forth by Rep. Ron DeSantis would block Mueller from investigating "... More »

New Mueller Moves Could Be Trouble for Manafort, Flynn

Special counsel ramps up Russia inquiry of both men

(Newser) - Robert Mueller's Russia investigation is again making headlines, this time over two new moves involving Michael Flynn and Paul Manafort. On the latter, NBC News reports that Mueller has issued subpoenas to public relations execs who worked with Manafort on an international lobbying campaign from 2012 to 2014. "... More »

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 »

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