Russia investigation

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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 »

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... 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 »

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... More »

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... More »

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... More »

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... More »

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... More »

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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FBI Lawyer May Have Altered File on Trump Adviser

President says allegation proves his campaign was spied on

(Newser) - An FBI lawyer is suspected of altering a document related to surveillance of a former Trump campaign adviser, a person familiar with the situation told the AP Friday. President Trump, who has long attacked as a “witch hunt” the FBI's investigation into ties between Russia and his 2016... 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 »

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 »

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