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Prosecutor: I Was Pressured to Cut Stone a 'Break'

He says Stone was being treated differently because of his relationship with Trump

(Newser) - One of four prosecutors who quit the Roger Stone case after Attorney General William Barr intervened to recommend a lighter sentence says there was "significant pressure" to cut Stone a "break" because he was close to President Trump. "What I heard—repeatedly—was that Roger Stone was... More »

Justice Department Just Dropped Michael Flynn Case

It's a big victory for the Trump White House

(Newser) - A big win for President Trump: The Justice Department said Thursday it is dropping the criminal case against Michael Flynn , per the AP . The case involving Trump's first national security adviser had become a rallying cry for the president and his supporters in attacking the FBI's Russia investigation.... More »

Feds Dropping Case Against 2 Firms in Mueller Probe

'No prospect of meaningful punishment' for Russian companies

(Newser) - The Justice Department is moving to drop charges against two Russian companies that were accused of funding a social media campaign to sway American public opinion during the 2016 election. Prosecutors said they concluded that a trial, against a corporate defendant with no presence in the United States and no... More »

Trump: A 'Full Pardon' Might Be in Order

The president tweets about former national security adviser Michael Flynn

(Newser) - President Donald Trump said Sunday he is considering a full pardon for former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who had pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about dealings with Russia’s ambassador before Trump took office, the AP reports. Flynn attempted to withdraw the guilty plea in January, saying... More »

Trump Calls Stone Sentencing Request 'Disgraceful'

Prosecutors recommend 7 to 9 years

(Newser) - In a move deemed "disgraceful" by President Trump, federal prosecutors have recommended a sentence of 7 to 9 years for his old friend and former campaign adviser Roger Stone. In a sentencing memo filed Monday, prosecutors asked for a sentence of 87 to 108 months for the 67-year-old, saying... More »

Most Notable Quotes of 2019 Have Been Chosen

At the top of the list: one from the July 25 Trump-Zelensky call

(Newser) - Activist Greta Thunberg and actress Emma Watson have two of the 10 most notable quotes of 2019, according to a librarian at Yale Law School. But it's the line at the center of the impeachment inquiry—"I would like you to do us a favor, though"—from... More »

Report: Probe of Mueller Probe Is Now a Criminal Investigation

Democrats say move raises 'profound concerns'

(Newser) - The Justice Department's investigation of itself is now a criminal investigation, though it's not clear what crimes are suspected, sources say. An insider tells Politico that the investigation of the probe into Russian election interference in 2016—which became the Robert Mueller investigation—has been "escalated" from... More »

House Panel Subpoenas More Big Names

House Judiciary Committee wants to hear from them Sept. 17

(Newser) - As expected , the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday subpoenaed former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and a former White House aide as part of its investigation into President Trump's conduct in office, the AP reports. The committee chairman, Democratic Rep. Jerrold Nadler of New York, said his committee... More »

De Niro: Mueller's Performance Wouldn't Get Him an Oscar

Because 'calm, confident, and dignified' isn't what the academy honors, he writes

(Newser) - The byline of Robert De Niro's opinion piece for the Washington Post points out the actor received an Emmy nomination for playing Robert Mueller on SNL. So he's perhaps more of an expert than most on a "Mueller performance." And he begins in a tongue-and-cheek fashion,... More »

America's Top Spy Is Calling It Quits: Report

Dan Coats might be replaced by Texas Rep. John Ratcliffe

(Newser) - America's top spy is on the verge of stepping down after clashing with President Trump for the past two years, the New York Times reports. Dan Coats, who became director of national intelligence in 2017, is expected to leave in the next few days. Axios reports that Texas Rep.... More »

Nadler's Next Move Is a Trip to Court

Judiciary Committee wants grand jury evidence, McGahn's testimony

(Newser) - Now that he's heard from Robert Mueller , Jerry Nadler plans to go to court to demand that evidence the special prosecutor accumulated using a grand jury be turned over. Nadler has tried to get the Russia investigation information before; now a judge will be asked to enforce the House... More »

Despite Mueller's Warning, GOP Blocks Election Security Bills

Congress is divided after Mueller testifies that Russian interference is still happening

(Newser) - Former special counsel Robert Mueller's warning that Russian interference is still happening "as we sit" is putting pressure on Republican leaders in Congress to join Democrats in passing additional election security legislation. Mitch McConnell halted a bipartisan effort to beef up state election systems ahead of the 2018... More »

After Mueller's Big Day, Pelosi Spurns Impeachment Push

Hours of testimony apparently fail to move the needle

(Newser) - Mueller Day is over, and the assessments continue to roll in. One common theme in coverage is that if Democrats were hoping Robert Mueller's testimony would create a big push for impeachment, they were off the mark. Politico reports that in a closed-door meeting of the Democratic caucus... More »

Trump: 'I Saw What He Did to People'

To no one's surprise, Trump says Mueller was 'not very good'

(Newser) - President Trump responded to Robert Mueller's congressional testimony shortly after it wrapped up on Wednesday, CNN reports. One hot topic: Mueller saying he agreed that most of the president's written answers to the probe were untrue. "I don't know whose answers weren't—I guess his... More »

So How'd Mueller Do? Here Are 10 Takes

Reaction following his testimony before the House Judiciary Committee

(Newser) - It was a long day but Robert Mueller is done. He wrapped up his testimony before the House Intelligence Committee at 3:30pm ET, having kicked the day off at 8:30am before the House Judiciary Committee. So how'd he do? President Trump seemed pleased with the day's... More »

The Big Lines From Mueller's Hours of Testimony, Part II

Former special counsel appears before the House Intelligence committee

(Newser) - After a morning spent with the House Judiciary Committee , Robert Mueller moved on to the House Intelligence Committee in the afternoon.
  • "I understand that this committee has a unique jurisdiction" and is interested in learning more about counter-intelligence findings, Mueller said. The BBC reports Mueller emphasized this his office
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The Big Lines From Mueller's Hours of Testimony, Part I

He appeared before the House Judiciary Committee Wednesday

(Newser) - In his 10-minute public statement on the investigation into Russian interference in late May, Robert Mueller said, "The report is my testimony. I would not provide information beyond that which is already public in any appearance before Congress." That was largely the case, at least in his testimony... More »

Trump Slams 'Very Unfair' Mueller Move

Democrats are hoping for a 'turning point'

(Newser) - President Trump cried foul Tuesday night after the House Judiciary Committee said it would allow attorney Aaron Zebley, one of Robert Mueller's top deputies, to provide counsel to Mueller during Wednesday's long-anticipated testimony. "What a disgrace to our system. Never heard of this before," Trump tweeted,... More »

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 »

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