Special Counsel

PROVIDENCE, R.I | Manafort family business defends name as cousin sits in jail

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — What do you do if you share a name with one of the most prominent defendants in the special counsel’s investigation into Russia? Paul Manafort‘s daughter decided to change her name . Leaders of New Britain, Connecticut, considered renaming Paul Manafort Drive, a street named after his father. At Manafort Brothers … Continue reading PROVIDENCE, R.I | Manafort family business defends name as cousin sits in jail

WASHINGTON  | The Latest: Judge orders Flynn to stay within 50 miles of DC

WASHINGTON  — The Latest on former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn and the Russia investigation (all times local): 7:30 p.m. Judge Emmet Sullivan is throwing another wrench into former national security adviser Michael Flynn‘s plans. Just hours after delaying Flynn’s sentencing, Sullivan is now saying Flynn must stay within 50 miles of the District … Continue reading WASHINGTON  | The Latest: Judge orders Flynn to stay within 50 miles of DC

WASHINGTON | AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s distorted reality in expanding probes

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump keeps changing his story in the swirling investigations into Russia election interference and hush money payments to women who say they had affairs with him. He insists that payments to porn actress Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal during the 2016 campaign were “private transactions” and that any … Continue reading WASHINGTON | AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s distorted reality in expanding probes

WASHINGTON | Trump lawyer Giuliani rules out Mueller interview with Trump

WASHINGTON— With a number of probes moving closer to the Oval Office, President Donald Trump and his attorney unleashed a fresh series of attacks on the investigators, questioning their integrity while categorically ruling out the possibility of a presidential interview with the special counsel. Trump and Rudy Giuliani used Twitter and television interviews Sunday to … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Trump lawyer Giuliani rules out Mueller interview with Trump

WASHINGTON | Giuliani: ‘Over my dead body’ will Mueller interview Trump

WASHINGTON— President Donald Trump’s attorney is categorically ruling out the possibility of a presidential interview with special counsel Robert Mueller. Rudy Giuliani told “Fox News Sunday” that an interview would happen “over my dead body.” The special counsel, who is investigating possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russia, has continued to ask for an … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Giuliani: ‘Over my dead body’ will Mueller interview Trump

WASHINGTON | Mueller: FBI is not to blame for Flynn’s false statements

WASHINGTON — The special counsel’s office pushed back Friday at the suggestion that the FBI acted improperly in its interview of former national security adviser Michael Flynn, saying he agreed on his own to meet with federal agents and did not need a warning that it was against the law to lie to them. The … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Mueller: FBI is not to blame for Flynn’s false statements

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 | The Latest: Flynn requests probation, community service

WASHINGTON — The Latest on the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election (all times local): 9:10 p.m. President Donald Trump’s first national security adviser is asking for probation and community service in his false statements case stemming from the special counsel’s Russia investigation. Michael Flynn is making the request in court papers … Continue reading WASHINGTON | The Latest: Flynn requests probation, community service

WASHINGTON | Flynn argues against prison time in Russia investigation

WASHINGTON — Lawyers for Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, asked a judge Tuesday to spare him prison time, saying he had devoted his career to his country and taken responsibility for an “uncharacteristic error in judgment.” The arguments to the judge echoed those of special counsel Robert Mueller’s office, which last week said … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Flynn argues against prison time in Russia investigation

WASHINGTON | Lawyers for Michael Flynn to make sentencing recommendation

WASHINGTON — Lawyers for former Trump administration national security adviser Michael Flynn are expected to make a sentencing recommendation Tuesday to the judge. It’ll come a week after the special counsel’s office said Flynn has been so cooperative in the Russia investigation that he doesn’t need to serve any prison time. Flynn’s attorneys are expected … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Lawyers for Michael Flynn to make sentencing recommendation

WASHINGTON | Judge sets court date for ex-Trump campaign chair Manafort

WASHINGTON — A judge has set a court date for this week for former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort after prosecutors with the special counsel’s office detailed lies they say he told them. The scheduling conference will take place Wednesday before U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson. It’s unclear if Manafort will attend. In a … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Judge sets court date for ex-Trump campaign chair Manafort

WASHINGTON | Top House Dems raise prospect of impeachment, jail for Trump

WASHINGTON  — Top House Democrats on Sunday raised the prospect of impeachment or almost-certain prison time for President Donald Trump if it’s proved that he directed illegal hush-money payments to women, adding to the legal pressure on the president over the Russia investigation and other scandals. “There’s a very real prospect that on the day … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Top House Dems raise prospect of impeachment, jail for Trump

WASHINGTON | The Latest: Prosecutors want substantial sentence for Cohen

WASHINGTON — The Latest on the special counsel’s Russia investigation and President Donald Trump’s views on it (all times local): 5:12 p.m. Special counsel Robert Mueller says President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer went to “significant lengths” to assist Mueller’s probe, though he initially lied. Mueller and his team filed papers Friday with a judge … Continue reading WASHINGTON | The Latest: Prosecutors want substantial sentence for Cohen

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 | Prosecutors recommend no jail time for cooperative Flynn

WASHINGTON— President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser provided so much information to the special counsel’s Russia investigation that prosecutors say he shouldn’t do any prison time, according to a court filing that describes Michael Flynn’s cooperation as “substantial.” The filing by special counsel Robert Mueller provides the first details of Flynn’s assistance in the … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Prosecutors recommend no jail time for cooperative Flynn

WASHINGTON | The Latest: Special counsel notes Flynn’s cooperation

WASHINGTON — The Latest on former national security adviser Michael Flynn (all times local): 8:40 p.m. The special counsel’s office is calling Michael Flynn’s cooperation “substantial” and is recommending no prison time for the former Trump administration national security adviser. Prosecutors on Tuesday filed a sentencing memorandum in the case of Flynn, who pleaded guilty … Continue reading WASHINGTON | The Latest: Special counsel notes Flynn’s cooperation

WASHINGTON | Mueller recommends no prison for Flynn, citing cooperation

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser provided so much information to the special counsel’s Russia investigation that prosecutors say he shouldn’t do any prison time, according to a court filing Tuesday that describes Michael Flynn’s cooperation as “substantial.” The filing by special counsel Robert Mueller provides the first details of Flynn’s assistance … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Mueller recommends no prison for Flynn, citing cooperation

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’s ex-lawyer Cohen admits lying about Russian deal

WASHINGTON  — President Donald Trump‘s former lawyer Michael Cohen confessed in a surprise guilty plea that he lied to Congress about a Moscow real estate deal he pursued on Trump’s behalf during the heat of the 2016 Republican campaign. He said he lied to be consistent with Trump’s “political messaging.” The plea agreement made clear … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Trump’s ex-lawyer Cohen admits lying about Russian deal

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 accuses Manafort of breaking plea agreement by lying

WASHINGTON — The special counsel in the Russia investigation is accusing former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort of violating his plea agreement by repeatedly lying to federal investigators, an extraordinary allegation that could expose him to a lengthier prison sentence — and potentially more criminal charges. The torpedoing of Manafort’s plea deal, disclosed in a … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Mueller accuses Manafort of breaking plea agreement by lying

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 | Associate of Trump confidant Stone says he’ll reject plea

WASHINGTON — An associate of Trump confidant Roger Stone said Monday that he is rejecting a plea offer in the special counsel’s Russia investigation. In an email to The Associated Press, Corsi, a conservative author who has pushed conspiracy theories, said he planned to reject a potential plea deal with prosecutors. He did not elaborate, … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Associate of Trump confidant Stone says he’ll reject plea

WASHINGTON | Associate of Trump confidant Roger Stone said to reject plea

WASHINGTON — An associate of Trump confidant Roger Stone has told news organizations that he is rejecting a plea offer in the special counsel’s Russia investigation. Jerome Corsi said in interviews with NBC, CNN and other outlets he was offered a chance to plead guilty to one count of perjury. But he says he plans … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Associate of Trump confidant Roger Stone said to reject plea

WASHINGTON | Trump team turns over written answers to Mueller’s questions

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has provided the special counsel with written answers to questions about his knowledge of Russian interference in the 2016 election, his lawyers said Tuesday, avoiding at least for now a potentially risky sit-down with prosecutors. It’s the first time he has directly cooperated with the long investigation. The step is … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Trump team turns over written answers to Mueller’s questions

WASHINGTON  | Report: Trump wanted to prosecute Comey, Hillary Clinton

WASHINGTON  — President Donald Trump told his counsel’s office last spring that he wanted to prosecute political adversaries Hillary Clinton and former FBI Director James Comey, an idea that prompted White House lawyers to prepare a memo warning of consequences ranging up to possible impeachment, The New York Times reported Tuesday. Then-counsel Don McGahn told … Continue reading WASHINGTON  | Report: Trump wanted to prosecute Comey, Hillary Clinton

WASHINGTON | Lawyer: Trump provides written answers to Mueller questions

WASHINGTON— Lawyers for President Donald Trump say they’ve provided the special counsel’s office with written responses to questions on Russian election interference. The answers are an important milestone in Robert Mueller’s probe, marking the first time the president is known to have described to investigators his knowledge of key moments under scrutiny by the special … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Lawyer: Trump provides written answers to Mueller questions