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Ex-Trump Campaign Aide Files Suit Over 'Spying'

He says federal officials crossed the line

(Newser) - A former Trump campaign associate who was the target of a secret surveillance warrant during the FBI's Russia investigation says in a federal lawsuit that he was the victim of "unlawful spying." The suit from Carter Page alleges a series of omissions and errors made by FBI...

WSJ Delves Into Story of Steele Dossier's 'Source 3'

It comes up with a name: Olga Galkina

(Newser) - In a lengthy piece on the so-called Steele Dossier, the Wall Street Journal acknowledges from the get-go that the bulk of the allegations—about President Trump and Russia and assembled by former British spy Christopher Steele—have been "widely discredited." But that's not what the paper wanted...

New SCOTUS Term Starts Quietly, but That Could Change

The term is so far short on high-profile cases, but perhaps not for long

(Newser) - The Supreme Court began its new term Monday with a remembrance of "a dear friend and a treasured colleague," the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Chief Justice John Roberts paid tribute to Ginsburg as the court resumed its work via telephone because of the coronavirus pandemic. Roberts said...

Ex-FBI Agent: White House Behavior Is 'Suspicious'

Peter Strzok talks to the press before his book comes out

(Newser) - Peter Strzok spent his FBI career hunting Russian and Chinese spies, but after news broke of derogatory text messages he had sent about President Trump, he came to feel like he was the one being hunted, the AP reports. There were menacing phone calls and messages from strangers, and anxious...

Senate Panel: Yes, Russia Interfered in 2016 Election

But it reaches no conclusion on whether the Trump campaign conspired with Kremlin

(Newser) - Russia launched an aggressive effort to interfere in the 2016 election on behalf of Donald Trump, and Trump associates who were in regular touch with Russians throughout the campaign were eager to benefit from the help, a Senate panel concluded Tuesday in the fifth and final report in its investigation,...

Barr's Investigation of Russia Probe Getting First Guilty Plea

False statement count involves altering a government email

(Newser) - A former FBI lawyer will plead guilty to making a false statement in the first criminal case arising from US Attorney John Durham's investigation into the probe of ties between Russia and the 2016 Trump campaign. Kevin Clinesmith will plead guilty to one count of making a false statement...

Mueller Prosecutor Plans Book: 'We Made Mistakes'

Andrew Weissmann plans to cover efforts to hinder investigation

(Newser) - A top prosecutor for special counsel Robert Mueller has a book coming out this fall about the two-year investigation into possible ties between Russia and the 2016 campaign of President Trump. Random House announced Monday that Andrew Weissmann's Where Law Ends: Inside the Mueller Investigation will be published Sept....

Russia Investigation Material to Remain Secret Past Election

Supreme Court won't decide on matter until next year

(Newser) - House Democrats are unlikely to see secret material from Robert Mueller's Russia investigation before Election Day because of a move by the Supreme Court on Thursday. In what USA Today reports is a victory for the White House, the court said it would take up the case on whether...

Supreme Court Keeps Mueller Material Secret

The high court won't allow grand jury testimony to be released

(Newser) - The Supreme Court on Wednesday temporarily prevented the House of Representatives from obtaining secret grand jury testimony from special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation, the AP reports. The court's unsigned order keeps previously undisclosed details from the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election out of the...

Lindsey Graham Wants to Subpoena Russia Probe Officials

Senator schedules vote that would allow him to subpoena more than 50 officials

(Newser) - Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham is scheduling a vote that would allow him to subpoena more than 50 current and former officials who were involved in the Justice Department’s investigation of Russian involvement in the 2016 US presidential campaign, as President Trump and his allies have launched a...

Michael Flynn Probe Reveals 'Systematic Abuse'

Glenn Greenwald becomes an unexpected ally

(Newser) - Michael Flynn has found himself an unexpected defender. Writing at the Intercept —a distinctly left-of-center news source—Glenn Greenwald argues that the Flynn investigation was fishy to start with and revealed just how biased US security agencies have become. "Flynn is a right-wing, hawkish general whose views on...

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...

Judge Has 'Grave Concerns' About Mueller Report

He slams Barr's handling of the report last year

(Newser) - A federal judge says he has "grave concerns" about how Attorney General William Barr handled the release of Robert Mueller's report on the Russia investigation last year—and he's not convinced all the redactions were made for legitimate reasons. US District Court Judge Reggie Walton has demanded...

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...

Michael Flynn Has a Sudden Change of Heart

Wants to withdraw his guilty plea, says Justice Department acted in 'bad faith'

(Newser) - Former Trump administration national security adviser Michael Flynn filed court papers Tuesday to withdraw his guilty plea, saying federal prosecutors had acted in "bad faith" and broken their end of the bargain when they sought prison time for him, the AP reports. The request came one week after the...

Secretive Court Rebukes FBI Over Errors in Russia Probe

Order could lead to surveillance changes

(Newser) - The chief judge of a secretive surveillance court said Tuesday that the FBI provided "unsupported" information when it applied to eavesdrop on a former Trump campaign adviser and directed the bureau to report back by next month on what steps it was taking to fix the problems. The four-page...

Comey Admits He Was Wrong, But Not Totally

The former FBI director appears on 'Fox News Sunday'

(Newser) - Former FBI Director James Comey acknowledged Sunday that a Justice Department inspector general report identified "real sloppiness" in the surveillance of a former Trump campaign aide and said he was wrong to have been "overconfident" about how the Russia investigation was handled, the AP reports. But Comey also...

Trump, FBI Director Clash on Watchdog Report

'With that kind of attitude, he will never be able to fix the FBI': Trump

(Newser) - President Trump seems to be ignoring the facts laid out in Monday's Justice Department inspector general's report , which disputed his claim that the FBI probe into possible collusion between his 2016 campaign and Russia was illegal and motivated by political bias. The report's findings are "far...

Report: Ivanka Trump Was Friends With Russia Dossier Author

Steele said it was 'ridiculous' to allege anti-Trump bias

(Newser) - A bombshell from the report on the roots of the Russia investigation : British spy Christopher Steele, who compiled the controversial Trump Russia dossier , told investigators that it was "ridiculous" to think he was biased against President Trump, because he had "been friendly" with a Trump family member. Sources...

Watchdog Has Good News, Bad News for Trump on FBI

Russia investigation seen as justified, but agency is ripped for serious errors

(Newser) - A report by the Justice Department's inspector general about the FBI's investigation into possible collusion between the Trump 2016 campaign and Russia delivers both good and bad news for the president. Key findings from the report (read it in full here ) by IG Michael Horowitz:
  • Justified: Horowitz
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