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New Filing: Manafort to Plead Guilty to Conspiring Against US

And conspiracy to obstruct justice; prosecutors' new charging documents signal guilty plea

(Newser) - Prosecutors have filed new charging documents against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, suggesting he'll plead guilty ahead of a second trial next week. The charges in Friday's filing were contained in a criminal information, a document that can only be filed with a defendant's consent and... More »

George Papadopoulos Sentenced to 14 Days

Defense attorney blames Trump for former campaign advisor's deception

(Newser) - George Papadopoulos, the Trump campaign adviser who triggered the Russia investigation, was sentenced to 14 days in prison Friday by a judge who said he had placed his own interests above those of the country, the AP reports. Papadopoulos, the first campaign aide sentenced in special counsel Robert Mueller's... More »

Giuliani Follows Up on His 'Truth Isn't Truth' Line

He likens it to 'he said/she said'

(Newser) - Rudy Giuliani uttered a memorable line in defense of President Trump on Sunday when he declared that "truth isn't truth." Not surprisingly, it kicked up quite a reaction online, and on Monday, Giuliani tweeted about what he meant. The explanation in full: "My statement was not... More »

GOP Strategist: Trump's an 'Anchor Around Your Neck'

And the president's attorney Jay Sekulow defends his "witch hunt" tweet

(Newser) - A Republican strategist had harsh words Sunday for GOP candidates who take their pro-Trump primary message into this year's general elections, the Hill reports. "Now you come out ... from the 'Trump church' in the Republican primary with a big Trump halo," says Mike Murphy on NBC'... More »

Trump Team Plays Up Use of Word 'Should' in Tweet

Giuliani says Trump didn't tweet that Sessions 'must' stop Mueller probe

(Newser) - President Trump has had plenty to say on Twitter about Attorney General Jeff Sessions; on Wednesday, he had something to say to him. "..This is a terrible situation and Attorney General Jeff Sessions should stop this Rigged Witch Hunt right now, before it continues to stain our country any... More »

Trump Fires Off Accusatory Tweet About Russian Hack

The president appears to blame President Obama

(Newser) - With 12 Russians indicted Friday for allegedly hacking the 2016 US election, President Trump is blaming an unexpected figure: President Obama, the Hill reports. "The stories you heard about the 12 Russians yesterday took place during the Obama Administration, not the Trump Administration," Trump tweeted Saturday. "Why... More »

Surprise Dem Nominee: 'I'm Not Trying to Impose an Ideology'

The Supreme Court, North Korea, and tax reform also sizzle on Sunday talk shows

(Newser) - So just who is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez? The Democratic congressional nominee—who stunned incumbent Rep. Joe Crowley in the Democratic primary for New York’s 14th Congressional District—appeared Sunday on NBC's Meet the Press in part, it seems, to answer that question, per Politico . "It’s part of... 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 »

McConnell: 'Nothing Surprising' at Briefing on Russia Probe

Lawmakers briefed on origins of FBI investigation

(Newser) - Republican and Democratic lawmakers have gotten classified briefings about the origins of the FBI investigation into Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential election, a highly unusual series of meetings prompted by partisan allegations that the bureau spied on the Trump campaign . Democrats emerged from the meetings saying they saw... 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 »

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 »

'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 »

Lawyer Who Met With Trump Jr. Admits: 'I Am an Informant'

Natalia Veselnitskaya's ties to Russian government official go against previous denials

(Newser) - The Russian lawyer who met with Donald Trump Jr. has long said she's nothing more than a private attorney who's not linked to the Kremlin—but she's now adding a new self-descriptor. "I am a lawyer, and I am an informant," Natalia Veselnitskaya said in... More »

House Panel on Russia: 'No Evidence' Trump Campaign Colluded

But Dems say probe into Russian election interference was sloppy, wrapped up too quickly

(Newser) - House Intelligence Committee Republicans have released their final findings on Russian interference in the 2016 US election, ending a yearlong probe, per the Washington Post . The heavily redacted 253-page report puts President Trump and his cohorts generally in the clear, noting the panel found "no evidence that the Trump... 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 »

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 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 »

Trump Spoke to Witnesses About Their Interviews With Mueller: NYT

Sources say special counsel is aware of the conversations

(Newser) - Twice recently, President Trump has asked key witnesses in the Russia investigation about their conversations with special counsel Robert Mueller, three sources tell the New York Times . One alleged conversation involved White House counsel Don McGahn; Trump told an aide that McGahn should deny a January Times article that said... More »

Report: Trump's Attacks on Sessions Draw Mueller's Notice

Trump calls him 'Mr. Magoo,' reports 'WaPo'

(Newser) - Robert Mueller's team is interested in President Trump's attacks last summer on Jeff Sessions—whom Trump reportedly likens to an elderly, bumbling cartoon character—and his team has been questioning people to that end, sources tell the Washington Post . Mueller is probing whether Trump tried to obstruct justice... More »

Report: Hope Hicks Admits Lying for Trump

But 'white lies' didn't involve Russia, she says

(Newser) - White House Communications Director Hope Hicks didn't answer all of investigators' questions during a House intelligence committee interview Tuesday, insiders say—but she was honest about occasionally being dishonest. Sources tell the New York Times that Hicks admitted that working for President Trump had required her to tell "... More »

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