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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 »

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 »

Judge Orders Roger Stone to Quit Posting During Case

Trump confidant has mocked prosecution on Instagram

(Newser) - No more Instagram for Roger Stone. Facebook and Twitter are out, too. A federal judge barred Stone from posting on social media Tuesday after finding that the longtime confidant of President Trump repeatedly flouted her gag order, the AP reports. Stone, who is charged with lying in the Russia investigation,... 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 »

Hope Hicks to Testify Next Week

Former Trump aide agrees to answer committee questions behind closed doors

(Newser) - The House Judiciary Committee, which subpoenaed Hope Hicks for public testimony, will hear from her—but it will happen behind closed doors. The former aide to President Trump "understands that the Committee will be free to pose questions as it sees fit," Chairman Jerrold Nadler said in a... 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 »

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 »

Judge Agrees to Make Lists of Mueller Court Filings Public

Activity to be released includes search warrant requests

(Newser) - A federal court in Washington can release lists of various court actions, such as search warrants, in the Mueller investigation, the Justice Department has agreed. On Tuesday, Chief Judge Beryl Howell of the DC District Court gave the department three weeks to make "a few" redactions connected to cases... More »

Barr Wins Unusual Power for His Own Investigation

Attorney general will be able to declassify documents

(Newser) - President Trump has given Attorney General Bill Barr the tools to "investigate the investigators"—by granting him sweeping powers to declassify documents and directing intelligence officials to cooperate with Barr. The attorney general has launched his own probe into the origins of the investigation into Russian interference in... 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 »

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 »

'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 »

Mueller Objected to Barr's Summary of His Report

Special counsel wrote to AG to complain

(Newser) - After William Barr's summary of Robert Mueller's report led President Trump to claim he had been exonerated, a frustrated Mueller wrote to the attorney general to complain about how his findings had been portrayed. The special counsel told Barr that the March 24 memo he had provided to... More »

Cohen Changes His Story

Trump's former lawyer chats with actor Tom Arnold

(Newser) - Michael Cohen is changing his tune. Chatting on the phone with actor Tom Arnold—who gave the Wall Street Journal a recording of the call—President Trump's ex-lawyer repudiated two of his guilty pleas, said he's lost "everything," and complained about getting little in return for... More »

What to Expect When the Mueller Report Drops

Democrats are already seething that document will be 'lightly redacted'

(Newser) - Lawmakers will finally get their hands on Robert Mueller's report Thursday—and the battle lines have already been drawn. Sources tell the Washington Post that the 400-page report will be only lightly redacted, allowing readers to see a "blow by blow" account of why President Trump was suspected... More »

Pelosi Lays Bare Her Feelings About Barr

The Democrat says she's 'very concerned' about Barr's handling of the Mueller report

(Newser) - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Wednesday she doesn't trust Attorney General William Barr and suggested his statement that he believes President Donald Trump's campaign was spied on undermines Barr's independence as the nation's top law enforcement officer. The California Democrat said in an interview with the... More »

Barr: 'I've Said What I'm Going to Say About the Report Today'

Attorney general says redacted version of Mueller report will be out within a week

(Newser) - The attorney general appeared before a House panel Tuesday ostensibly to talk about a mundane issue—the Justice Department's budget. Democrats, however, had a much different topic in mind— the Mueller report . So far, William Barr hasn't divulged much new information, however. He said he's still on... More »

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