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Justice Dept. Tells Mueller to Limit Testimony to His Report

His official statement 'will be the Mueller report itself'

(Newser) - Robert Mueller is due to testify before Congress in nationally televised hearings Wednesday—but America may not hear anything new from the former special counsel. A Justice Department official tells Politico that the department has told Mueller to restrict his testimony to the portions of his 448-page report on Russian... More »

This Week Could Be Huge in DC

The big agenda item: Robert Mueller testifies on Wednesday

(Newser) - Just how important are next few days in DC? Well, this "could be one of the most momentous weeks" in the remainder of President Trump's term, one "that could set the tone for the rest of his first term," according to Politico's Playbook blog. The... More »

Mueller Not Testifying Wednesday After All

Testimony to Congress postponed until July 24

(Newser) - Special counsel Robert Mueller's testimony to Congress has been delayed until July 24 under an agreement that gives lawmakers more time to question him, the AP reports. Mueller had been scheduled to testify July 17 before two house committees about the findings of his Russia investigation. But lawmakers in... More »

Jimmy Carter's Comments Will Not Please Trump

'He was put into office because the Russians interfered on his behalf'

(Newser) - President Trump bristles at the suggestion that the Russians played any role in helping him win in 2016, which is why new comments by one of his predecessors will surely not sit well. “There’s no doubt that the Russians did interfere in the elections and I think the... More »

Robert Mueller Agrees to Testify Before House

Public hearings will take place July 17

(Newser) - Robert Mueller has been reluctant to testify before the House—but he has decided not to defy subpoenas. The former special counsel has agreed to testify before the House Judiciary Committee and the House Intelligence Committees on July 17 after being subpoenaed by both committees, CNN reports. The public hearings... More »

Secret Manafort Texts Reveal His Take on 'DT' and 'JK'

And show his strong alliance with Sean Hannity

(Newser) - In newly unsealed text messages with Sean Hannity, Paul Manafort said he would never "give up" two people to the special counsel—and you can guess who tops the list. "They would want me to give up DT or family, esp JK," Manafort wrote the Fox News... More »

House Panel Can Now Sue Barr, Other Officials If Needed

To force compliance with congressional subpoenas

(Newser) - Brushing back calls for impeachment, Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Tuesday "it's not even close" to having enough support in the House, while Democrats pushed forward on other fronts to investigate President Trump, the AP reports. The House voted 229-191 Tuesday to approve a resolution that will allow Democrats... More »

Iowa Poll Has Biden Leading and Warren in the Wings

Three candidates are bunched in second place

(Newser) - For voters planning to attend Democratic caucuses in Iowa, at least, the presidential field is getting clarity. Joe Biden resides at the top, followed by a rung that includes Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and Pete Buttigieg, a Des Moines Register/Mediacom/CNN poll shows. The former vice president has the caucus vote... More »

Barr Speaks Out on Treason, Spying, Mueller

He says Obama-era officials didn't commit treason 'as a legal matter'

(Newser) - Attorney General William Barr doesn't believe that Obama-era officials committed treason—at least not technically. In an CBS interview due to air in full Friday, Barr said "not as a legal matter, no" when asked if treason had been committed. But he added that he had concerns about... More »

Trump Clarifies a Tweet About Russia's Election Role

'No, Russia did not help get me elected,' he says, after a tweet suggested otherwise

(Newser) - By some readings, President Trump seemed to acknowledge in a tweet Thursday that Russia helped him win the 2016 election—but he quickly corrected that impression when speaking to reporters. "No, Russia did not help get me elected," Trump told the media outside the White House, reports the... More »

Mueller: Charging Trump 'Not an Option' We Could Consider

Mueller's first public statement will be his last

(Newser) - Robert Mueller's two years of public silence have come to an end. In a 10-minute public statement on the investigation into Russian interference made at 11am ET Wednesday, he made what he said would be his first and last remarks on the topic. He took no questions and closed... More »

New Book Makes Big Mueller Assertion

Michael Wolff writes that a draft indictment of Trump was drawn up, but a Mueller rep denies

(Newser) - Michael Wolff made big waves with his first book on the Trump presidency, Fire and Fury. Now the Guardian has gotten an early look at the sequel by Wolff (a co-founder of Newser), and it contains a doozy of an assertion: In Siege: Trump Under Fire, Wolff writes that Robert... More »

Flynn Saved a Voicemail. Judge Tells DOJ to Release It

And to make public portion of Mueller report

(Newser) - Former national security adviser Michael Flynn told the special counsel's office that people connected to the Trump administration and Congress sought to influence his cooperation with the Russia investigation, and he provided a voicemail recording of one such communication, prosecutors said in a court filing made public Thursday. Prosecutors... More »

Report: Barr Will Indeed 'Investigate the Investigators'

John Durham will look into 'intelligence collection activities'

(Newser) - Attorney General William Barr has heeded President Trump's call to "investigate the investigators" and assigned a prosecutor to look into the origins of the Russia investigation, sources tell the New York Times and other outlets. The sources say Barr has chosen John Durham, the top federal prosecutor in... More »

McGahn Defies House Subpoena

Former White House counsel won't comply with Tuesday deadline

(Newser) - Don McGahn won't be complying with the House Judiciary Committee's subpoena. The AP reports that the Trump administration ordered the former White House counsel to defy the subpoena, and Politico confirms that McGahn's lawyer said McGahn would not provide the documents the committee wants to review. The... More »

Trump Changes His Mind on Mueller

The president says he shouldn't be allowed to testify

(Newser) - President Donald Trump said Sunday that special counsel Robert Mueller should not testify before Congress, abandoning his previous declaration that he would leave that decision to his attorney general, the AP reports. Escalating tensions with House Democrats as they seek to bring Mueller before the House Judiciary Committee, Trump tweeted... More »

Mueller Agrees to Date to Appear Before House

Special counsel to testify May 15, panel member says

(Newser) - Special counsel Robert Mueller has tentatively agreed to testify on Capitol Hill on May 15, a member of the House Judiciary Committee said Sunday. Rep. David Cicilline, a Democrat from Rhode Island, broke the news on Fox News Sunday, the Washington Post reports. Among other issues, the committee—which reached... More »

Guess Which 'Book' Is No. 1 on Amazon

Close to 42K have bought paperback edition of Mueller report: AP

(Newser) - The Mueller Report is now officially a best-seller. A published edition of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into alleged ties between Russian officials and Donald Trump's presidential campaign sold just under 42,000 copies last week, NPD BookScan reported Wednesday, per the AP . Jointly edited by Scribner and... More »

Barr Calls Mueller's Letter to Him 'Snitty'

Attorney general says he thinks someone on special counsel's staff wrote it

(Newser) - "Snitty." That's the way Attorney General William Barr described a letter from special counsel Robert Mueller expressing concerns about his portrayal of the Russia probe. Barr was testifying at the Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday when Democrat Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut asked about the letter. Mueller wrote it... More »

'I Didn't Exonerate': Barr Goes Before the Senate

Attorney general appears before the Senate Judiciary Committee

(Newser) - Into the lion's den. Attorney General William Barr is now appearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee in what is the first time he is facing lawmakers' questions since he released the Mueller report. A couple hours in, the AP reports that "private tensions between Justice Department leaders and... More »

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