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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 »

Some Mueller Investigators Are Upset With Barr

They apparently believe he left out important details

(Newser) - Some of Bob Mueller's investigators say President Trump is getting off too easy, the New York Times reports. According to inside sources, these investigators believe Attorney General William Barr's four-page letter to Congress summarizing the Mueller report failed to adequately convey Trump's troubling actions. Details remain scant—... More »

House Panel OKs Subpoenas for Full Mueller Report

Rep. Nadler said he would issue them if AG Barr doesn't change his position

(Newser) - The House Judiciary Committee approved subpoenas Wednesday for special counsel Robert Mueller's full Russia report as Democrats pressure the Justice Department to release the document without redactions. The committee voted 24-17 to give Democratic Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler permission to issue subpoenas to the Justice Department for the final... More »

Barr to Turn Over Mueller Report by Mid-April

Trump will not see it before Congress, says attorney general

(Newser) - Congress will get the Mueller report next month. "Everyone will soon be able to read it on their own," William Barr said Friday in a letter to Congress, at least half of which wants Robert Mueller's report on his Russia investigation released now. The attorney general says... More »

Mueller's Work Is Finished, and That Appears to Be a Relief

Tight-lipped special counsel has been spotted smiling

(Newser) - It looks like one person who's glad the Robert Mueller investigation is finally over is Robert Mueller himself. Robin Givhan of the Washington Post notices that since he turned in his report, he's been seen with an actual smile on his face. "He looks delighted—or at... More »

Mueller: No Collusion Evidence; Unclear on Obstruction

Evidence fell short of a 'prosecutorial judgment'

(Newser) - It has arrived: Attorney General William Barr delivered a four-page letter Sunday to Congress summarizing the central findings of the Mueller probe, the New York Times reports. In the letter, Barr says Robert Mueller's team didn't find sufficient evidence of President Trump colluding with Russia but also didn'... More »

Barr Scours the Mueller Report With Advisers

A fight with Congressional Democrats seems inevitable

(Newser) - Attorney General William Barr scoured special counsel Robert Mueller's confidential report on the Russia investigation with his advisers Saturday, deciding how much Congress and the American public will get to see about the two-year probe into President Donald Trump and Moscow's efforts to elect him, the AP reports.... More »

Here's the Latest Sign Mueller Probe May Be Wrapping Up

Top prosecutor Andrew Weissmann is leaving, sources say

(Newser) - A top prosecutor on Robert Mueller's team is stepping down from the special counsel's office and the Justice Department, the latest sign that the Russia probe may be nearing its end, NPR reports. Andrew Weissmann, who took the lead on Paul Manafort's prosecution, will go back to... More »

Cohen: These Documents Will Lead You to Trump's Lawyer

The president's former lawyer hands over his false statement to Congress

(Newser) - Michael Cohen turned over documents to the House intelligence committee on Wednesday that show edits to a false written statement he gave to the panel in 2017 about a Trump real estate project in Moscow, the AP reports. Cohen provided the documents in a closed-door interview with the panel, according... More »

Schiff Makes Threat About the Mueller Report

The House Democrat draws a line in the sand

(Newser) - A top House Democrat threatened Sunday to call special counsel Robert Mueller to Capitol Hill, subpoena documents, and take the Trump administration to court if necessary if the full report on the Russia investigation is not made public, the AP reports. Intelligence chairman Adam Schiff told ABC's This Week... More »

Even if Manafort Is Pardoned, New York Has a Plan

State prosecutors may bring their own charges

(Newser) - Even if Paul Manafort receives a presidential pardon for his federal crimes , he could face state charges that would send him to prison. Manhattan prosecutors have assembled a criminal case against Manafort, President Trump's onetime campaign manager, the New York Times reports. Presidents have no pardon power in state... More »

Despite Apology, Stone Faces Jail After Instagram Post

Bail could be revoked over altered photo showing judge

(Newser) - Roger Stone has apologized for the Instagram post that appeared to show crosshairs near the head of the federal judge who is presiding over his prosecution, but now he has to answer for it. Judge Amy Berman Jackson has scheduled a hearing for Thursday, NBC News reports, and she could... More »

Mueller Triple Whammy Involves 2 Old Names, Plus a New One

News from special counsel's probe on Roger Stone, Paul Manafort, and now Sarah Sanders

(Newser) - How long will Paul Manafort go to prison for? If Robert Mueller has his way, a "long, long time," Vox notes, per a "harsh" sentencing memo filed by the special counsel's office Friday. In the memo, Mueller agreed with a probation department's recommendation that the... More »

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