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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 »

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 »

Mueller's Question About Manafort Is 'Intriguing'

It suggests special counsel has yet-to-be-revealed evidence related to collusion

(Newser) - The New York Times delivered a big scoop in regard to the Robert Mueller investigation Tuesday when it revealed nearly 50 questions the special counsel has submitted to President Trump's lawyers that he wants the president to answer. "The open-ended queries appear to be an attempt to penetrate... More »

Mueller's Questions for Trump Leaked

Special counsel has dozens of things to ask president

(Newser) - President Trump is not happy about a story involving three of his least favorite things: the Robert Mueller investigation, leakers, and the New York Times . Trump denounced the "Russian Witch Hunt" early Tuesday after the Times reported on a leaked list of around four dozen questions that Mueller wants... 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 »

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 »

Manafort Hit With New Allegation, Gates Pleads Guilty

More legal trouble for former Trump advisers

(Newser) - A former top adviser to President Trump's election campaign pleaded guilty Friday to federal conspiracy and false-statements charges in the special counsel's Russia investigation, the AP reports. The plea by Rick Gates was a strong indication that he is planning to cooperate with Robert Mueller's investigation as... More »

Mueller Unveils New Charges Against Ex-Trump Advisers

Manafort, Gates face 32 new counts in Virginia

(Newser) - Special counsel Robert Mueller unveiled 32 new criminal charges against former Trump advisers Paul Manafort and Rick Gates on Thursday, the Wall Street Journal reports. The charges are laid out in an indictment from a federal grand jury in Virginia. According to ABC News , there are 16 counts related to... More »

Report: Former Trump Aide Plans to Plead Guilty

Rick Gates will testify against Paul Manafort, sources say

(Newser) - A former Trump campaign aide has decided 18 months in prison for fraud-related charges is the best deal he's going to get from Robert Mueller's team, insiders tell the Los Angeles Times . The sources say that in return for leniency, Rick Gates plans to change his plea to... More »

Manafort Sues Justice Dept. Over Mueller Investigation

Ex-Trump campaign manager wants charges against him dropped and Mueller removed

(Newser) - In a lawsuit filed Wednesday, former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort is challenging special counsel Robert Mueller's authority to investigate crimes and seeking to have the indictment against himself thrown out, the Wall Street Journal reports. According to the Washington Post , the lawsuit calls the actions of Mueller, Deputy... More »

Trump Responds to Bannon's Damning Comments in Book

'He lost his mind,' says the president of former adviser's comments to author Michael Wolff

(Newser) - A highly anticipated book about the Trump White House comes out next week, and some advance peeks already are making headlines. Two in particular from Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House by Michael Wolff (a Newser founder): The Trump team, including Trump himself, genuinely did not expect to... More »

Trump on 2020: Media Needs Me to Win for 'Ratings'

President also speaks on Roy Moore, Democrats, and how he thinks Mueller will 'be fair': 'NYT'

(Newser) - A New York Times reporter was granted an "impromptu" interview with President Trump Thursday at Trump's West Palm Beach golf club, and among the nuggets Michael Schmidt extracted was Trump's apparent faith in special counsel Robert Mueller. "I think he's going to be fair,"... More »

Paul Manafort Wrote an Op-Ed While Under House Arrest

Prosecutors on Mueller's team say the piece was written under someone else's name

(Newser) - Prosecutors working for special counsel Robert Mueller say Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort has been working on an op-ed essay with a longtime colleague "assessed to have ties" to a Russian intelligence service, the AP reports. Court papers say Manafort and the colleague sought to publish... More »

Book on Trump Spills Details of His Bad Habits

Related to diet and language, at least while on the campaign trail

(Newser) - Let Trump Be Trump is the title of a book on the president written by two men who advised his campaign, Corey Lewandowski and David Bossie. The Washington Post got an early look at the book, which will be released Tuesday, and cobbles together anecdotes on what "being Trump"... More »

Judge Won't Free Manafort From House Arrest, Yet

He could be allowed to travel within the US, once a bail package is agreed upon

(Newser) - Paul Manafort didn't get the break he was looking for in court on Monday, but it could come soon. A federal judge ordered that he and business associate Rick Gates continue to be held under house arrest with their movements tracked by GPS, reports CNN . However, negotiations on bail... More »

Insiders Say Trump Fumed Over Russia Indictments

DC is braced for Mueller's next step

(Newser) - President Trump handed candy out to trick-or-treaters Monday night after a day that spooked both Republicans and Democrats. Robert Mueller's escalation of the Russia probe with the indictments of former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and deputy Rick Gates has left Democrats worried that Trump could shut down the... More »

Mueller May Have Sent Signal With Monday's News

Manafort case not linked to Trump, but Mueller revealed campaign adviser's guilty plea, too

(Newser) - It's been a busy day on the Robert Mueller front, with tax and money laundering charges leveled against Paul Manafort and his associate Rick Gates, along with news of a guilty plea from former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos, who admitted lying to the FBI about his contacts with... More »

A 2nd Mueller Move May Sting Trump More

Not Manafort: A former campaign aide lied to FBI about outreach to Russian nationals

(Newser) - The unsealed indictment against Paul Manafort made big headlines on Monday, but another development in the Robert Mueller investigation might have more troubling implications for President Trump. That's because while the Manafort charges have no connection to the Trump campaign, this one does, notes Politico . Former campaign adviser George... More »

Trump Dismissive of Manafort Indictment

Tweets that alleged misdeeds have nothing to do with his campaign, president tweets

(Newser) - President Trump doesn't sound impressed with Robert Mueller's big indictment . After news broke that former campaign manager Paul Manafort had been charged with multiple felony counts of tax fraud and money laundering, Trump weighed in. "Sorry, but this is years ago, before Paul Manafort was part of... More »

Here Are the Charges Against Paul Manafort

Former Trump campaign chief accused of laundering millions to fund 'lavish lifestyle'

(Newser) - Paul Manafort faces serious felony charges on alleged tax fraud, though the indictment unsealed against him and an associate on Monday does not appear at first glance to implicate the 2016 campaign of President Trump. The charges brought by special investigator Robert Mueller accuse Manafort of laundering about $18 million,... More »

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