Russia Probe

WASHINGTON | AP FACT CHECK: Trump claims he’s vindicated in Russia probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is declaring exoneration prematurely in the Russia investigation. He’s tweeting that Republican Sen. Richard Burr, who chairs the Senate intelligence committee, has “announced” the panel found no collusion or conspiracy between Russia and the Trump campaign during the 2016 election. That’s taking it too far. Burr did say in … Continue reading WASHINGTON | AP FACT CHECK: Trump claims he’s vindicated in Russia probe

WASHINGTON | Judge extends grand jury used by Mueller’s Russia probe

WASHINGTON — Jan 04, 2019—The chief federal judge in Washington has extended the term of the grand jury used by special counsel Robert Mueller‘s Russia investigation. That’s according to a court spokeswoman who wasn’t authorized to discuss the matter by name and spoke on condition of anonymity. The extension by U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Judge extends grand jury used by Mueller’s Russia probe

WASHINGTON | Flynn’s sentencing postponed: 4 takeaways

WASHINGTON— The unexpected delay in Michael Flynn’s sentencing raised a new wrinkle in the Russia probe. The former national security adviser, who pleaded guilty to lying the FBI about his contacts with Russia’s ambassador, had expected to face no jail time after prosecutors vouched for him, saying he had provided substantial assistance in their investigation. … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Flynn’s sentencing postponed: 4 takeaways

10 Things to Know for Today

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: SENATE REBUKES TRUMP, SAUDI ARABIA OVER KHASHOGGI’S DEATH The Senate delivered an unusual rebuke of President Donald Trump‘s response to the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and signaled new skepticism from Capitol Hill toward the longtime Middle East … Continue reading 10 Things to Know for Today

PROVIDENCE, R.I | As sentencing looms, Flynn is upbeat, has adoring fans

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Days away from being sentenced in the Russia probe, former national security adviser Michael Flynn is not exactly hiding his face in shame. People close to him tell The Associated Press that as the possibility of prison looms, Flynn is relaxed and hopeful, eager to get through Tuesday’s sentencing and move forward. … Continue reading PROVIDENCE, R.I | As sentencing looms, Flynn is upbeat, has adoring fans

WASHINGTON | Prosecutors ramp up foreign lobbying probe in New York

WASHINGTON — Spinning off from the special counsel’s Russia probe, prosecutors are ramping up their investigation into foreign lobbying by two major Washington firms that did work for former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, according to people familiar with the matter. The investigation had been quiet for months since special counsel Robert Mueller referred it … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Prosecutors ramp up foreign lobbying probe in New York

WASHINGTON | Mueller to detail ex-NSA Flynn’s cooperation in Russia probe

WASHINGTON— The special counsel in the Russia investigation is set to give the first public insight into how much information President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser has shared with prosecutors. Robert Mueller’s team is facing a Tuesday court deadline to file a memorandum recommending a sentence for retired U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn. … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Mueller to detail ex-NSA Flynn’s cooperation in Russia probe

WASHINGTON | Trump on Manafort pardon: ‘I wouldn’t take it off the table’

WASHINGTON — A pardon for Paul Manafort is “not off the table,” President Donald Trump said, drawing swift rebuke from critics who fear the president will use his executive power to protect friends and supporters caught up in the Russia probe. The president’s discussion of a possible pardon in an interview Wednesday with the New York … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Trump on Manafort pardon: ‘I wouldn’t take it off the table’

WASHINGTON | GOP cancels votes on judges amid standoff over Mueller bill

WASHINGTON — The Senate Judiciary Committee has canceled a Thursday vote on more than 20 federal judge nominations amid a standoff between Republican Sen. Jeff Flake and GOP leaders over legislation to protect special counsel Robert Mueller. The Arizona senator, who is retiring from Congress, is a frequent critic of President Donald Trump. Flake has … Continue reading WASHINGTON | GOP cancels votes on judges amid standoff over Mueller bill

WASHINGTON | Mueller: Ex-Trump campaign chair lied, broke plea agreement

WASHINGTON — Special counsel Robert Mueller is accusing former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort of lying to federal investigators in the Russia probe, in breach of his plea agreement. Prosecutors say in a new court filing that after Manafort agreed to truthfully cooperate with the investigation, he “committed federal crimes” by lying about “a variety … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Mueller: Ex-Trump campaign chair lied, broke plea agreement

WASHINGTON  | Acting AG Whitaker gets cool reception from Trump

WASHINGTON  — At week’s end, Matthew Whitaker’s future at the helm of the Justice Department appeared uncertain at best as President Donald Trump denied even knowing the man he had named acting attorney general just two days earlier. The Senate’s top Republican predicted a permanent replacement could be named soon for Whitaker, who is now … Continue reading WASHINGTON  | Acting AG Whitaker gets cool reception from Trump

WASHINGTON | Whitaker gets cool reception from Trump as acting AG

WASHINGTON — At week’s end, Matthew Whitaker’s future at the helm of the Justice Department appeared uncertain at best as President Donald Trump denied even knowing the man he had named acting attorney general just two days earlier. The Senate’s top Republican predicted a permanent replacement could be named soon for Whitaker, who is now … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Whitaker gets cool reception from Trump as acting AG

WASHINGTON | The Latest: FBI email shows probe of firm linked to Whitaker

WASHINGTON— The Latest on acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker (all times local): 8:15 p.m. The Wall Street Journal has published an email disclosing an FBI investigation into an invention promotion company tied to acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker. The email was sent last year by an FBI victims’ specialist to someone who the newspaper says … Continue reading WASHINGTON | The Latest: FBI email shows probe of firm linked to Whitaker

WASHINGTON  | Thin ice for new acting AG? Trump says ‘I don’t know’ him

WASHINGTON  — Matthew Whitaker’s future at the helm of the Justice Department appeared uncertain at best Friday as President Donald Trump denied even knowing the man he had named acting attorney general just two days earlier. The Senate’s top Republican predicted a permanent replacement could be named soon for Whitaker, who is now overseeing the … Continue reading WASHINGTON  | Thin ice for new acting AG? Trump says ‘I don’t know’ him

WASHINGTON | The Latest: State AGs call on Whitaker to recuse himself

WASHINGTON — The Latest on Jeff Sessions’ departure as attorney general (all times local): 8 p.m. A coalition of 18 state attorneys general has sent a letter to Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker calling on him to recuse himself from the special counsel’s Russia probe. In the letter dated Thursday, the AGs reference Whitaker’s “widely-circulated … Continue reading WASHINGTON | The Latest: State AGs call on Whitaker to recuse himself

WASHINGTON | Acting AG Whitaker has thoughts on Mueller’s Russia probe

WASHINGTON  — Matthew Whitaker has warned that Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation risks “going too far” and supported limits on the prosecutor’s power. President Donald Trump couldn’t agree more. So the loyalty-loving Trump on Wednesday dumped Jeff Sessions from the helm of the Justice Department and replaced him, for now, with the onetime college football player … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Acting AG Whitaker has thoughts on Mueller’s Russia probe

WASHINGTON | With new Justice official, fate of Russia probe in question

WASHINGTON— Attorney General Jeff Sessions was pushed out after enduring more than a year of blistering and personal attacks from President Donald Trump, who inserted in his place a Republican Party loyalist with authority to oversee the remainder of the special counsel’s Russia investigation. The move Wednesday has potentially ominous implications for special counsel Robert … Continue reading WASHINGTON | With new Justice official, fate of Russia probe in question

WASHINGTON | Ex Trump campaign adviser may try to withdraw guilty plea

WASHINGTON — George Papadopoulos, a former Trump campaign adviser who admitted lying to the FBI in the Russia probe, says he’s considering withdrawing his guilty plea. In an interview Friday on “Fox & Friends,” Papadopoulos said he learned new information Thursday when he spoke to congressional investigators that he “can’t publicly disclose.” Because of that, … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Ex Trump campaign adviser may try to withdraw guilty plea

WASHINGTON | Democrats eye revival of Russia probe if they win House

WASHINGTON  — House Democrats are expected to re-open the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election if they win the majority in November. But they would have to be selective in what they investigate. California Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House intelligence panel, has said his party would have to “ruthlessly … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Democrats eye revival of Russia probe if they win House

WASHINGTON | AP FACT CHECK: Trump distorts migrant policy, Russia probe

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump mischaracterized the plight of children who were taken from parents at the Mexico border and what’s known about Russia’s interference in the 2016 election investigation in his wide-ranging interview with The Associated Press. A look at his comments on those subjects Tuesday: IMMIGRATION TRUMP: “We have the worst laws in … Continue reading WASHINGTON | AP FACT CHECK: Trump distorts migrant policy, Russia probe

WASHINGTON | Trump doesn’t rule out interview in Russia probe

WASHINGTON— President Donald Trump is suggesting he would “do what is necessary” to bring the Russia probe to a conclusion, including potentially sitting down for an interview. Trump, in a wide-ranging interview with Fox & Friends on Thursday, said of the investigation into possible ties between his campaign and Russia: “They ought to get it … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Trump doesn’t rule out interview in Russia probe

WASHINGTON | The Latest: Trump delays release of Russia probe documents

WASHINGTON — The Latest on President Donald Trump and documents pertaining to the Russia probe (all times local): 11 a.m. President Donald Trump has delayed the release of Russia probe documents after U.S. allies raised concerns. The Justice Department’s internal watchdog has been asked to review documents from the FBI’s Russia investigation amid allies’ concerns … Continue reading WASHINGTON | The Latest: Trump delays release of Russia probe documents

WASHINGTON | GOP lawyer caught in crossfire on Kavanaugh, Russia probe

WASHINGTON — Bill Burck is a Republican insider being pushed into the limelight by two of the biggest political dramas in Washington: the Russia investigation of Robert Mueller and the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh. He’s a lawyer for current and former Trump White House officials who have been touched by the Russia probe. … Continue reading WASHINGTON | GOP lawyer caught in crossfire on Kavanaugh, Russia probe

NEW YORK | On second thought: Trump, Cohen lawyers stumble on facts

NEW YORK — They’re the ultimate insiders, but the lawyers speaking publicly on behalf of President Donald Trump and his longtime “fixer”-turned-foe Michael Cohen have been fumbling the facts of late. Cohen’s lawyer, Lanny Davis, spent recent days walking back his bombshell assertions that his client could tell the special counsel that Trump had prior … Continue reading NEW YORK | On second thought: Trump, Cohen lawyers stumble on facts

NEW YORK | AP sources: Cohen pleading to bank, campaign finance fraud

NEW YORK— Michael Cohen, the personal lawyer and “fixer” who once said he would “take a bullet” for Donald Trump, struck a deal with prosecutors to plead guilty Tuesday to charges including campaign finance fraud, bank fraud and tax evasion, according to two people familiar with the plea bargain. It was not clear if the … Continue reading NEW YORK | AP sources: Cohen pleading to bank, campaign finance fraud

WASHINGTON | Trump pulls Brennan’s clearance, links move to Russia probe

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump abruptly revoked the security clearance of ex-CIA Director John Brennan, an unprecedented act of retribution against a vocally critical former top U.S. official. Later, in an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Trump drew a direct connection between the Russia investigation and his decision, citing Brennan as among those he … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Trump pulls Brennan’s clearance, links move to Russia probe

WASHINGTON | The Latest: Trump connects Russia probe, action on Brennan

WASHINGTON — The Latest on the revocation of former CIA director John Brennan’s security clearance (all times local): 11:30 p.m. President Donald Trump is drawing a direct connection between the Russia investigation and his decision to revoke former CIA director John Brennan’s security clearance. Trump told The Wall Street Journal in an interview Wednesday that … Continue reading WASHINGTON | The Latest: Trump connects Russia probe, action on Brennan

WASHINGTON | Roger Stone associate held in contempt in Russia probe

WASHINGTON  — An associate of former Trump campaign adviser Roger Stone was held in contempt of court Friday in a fresh attempt to challenge Robert Mueller’s appointment as the special counsel investigating Trump campaign contacts with Russia during the 2016 presidential campaign. The move also spotlighted a growing focus by Mueller on Stone. Another of … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Roger Stone associate held in contempt in Russia probe