Special Counsel

WASHINGTON | Trump: Declassified Russia probe papers expose ‘bad things’

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is flexing his executive power to declassify secret documents in the Russia investigation, an extraordinary move he says will ensure that “really bad things” at the FBI are exposed. But the decision, made against the backdrop of Trump’s spiraling outrage at the special counsel’s Russia investigation, may expose sensitive sources … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Trump: Declassified Russia probe papers expose ‘bad things’

WASHINGTON | Manafort pleads guilty, will cooperate with special counsel

WASHINGTON— Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort agreed Friday to cooperate with the special counsel’s Russia investigation as he pleaded guilty to federal charges and avoided a second trial that could have exposed him to even greater punishment. The deal gives special counsel Robert Mueller a key cooperator who led the Trump election effort for … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Manafort pleads guilty, will cooperate with special counsel

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

WASHINGTON | Giuliani clarifies his ‘truth isn’t truth’ puzzler

WASHINGTON  — President Donald Trump’s personal attorney says he wasn’t trying to make an existential point about the meaning of veracity when he declared “truth isn’t truth.” Rudy Giuliani’s puzzling statement on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday, following one by another Trump aide last year about “alternative facts,” suggested that people in Trump’s orbit … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Giuliani clarifies his ‘truth isn’t truth’ puzzler

ALEXANDRIA, Va | Manafort chooses not to testify as defense rests its case

ALEXANDRIA, Va — Paul Manafort’s defense rested its case Tuesday without calling any witnesses in the former Trump campaign chairman’s tax evasion and bank fraud trial. Manafort himself chose not to testify. The decision not to call witnesses clears the way for the jury to hear closing arguments in the first trial to emerge from … Continue reading ALEXANDRIA, Va | Manafort chooses not to testify as defense rests its case

WASHINGTON | FBI fires Peter Strzok in wake of anti-Trump text messages

WASHINGTON  — The FBI has fired a longtime agent who once worked on special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation over text messages criticizing President Donald Trump. Former agent Peter Strzok was removed from Mueller’s team a year ago after the text messages were first discovered, and the FBI had been reviewing his employment. Strzok’s lawyer … Continue reading WASHINGTON | FBI fires Peter Strzok in wake of anti-Trump text messages

ALEXANDRIA, Va. | Bookkeeper: Manafort didn’t disclose foreign accounts to her

ALEXANDRIA, Va.  — Paul Manafort inflated his business income by millions of dollars and kept his bookkeeper in the dark about the foreign bank accounts he was using to buy luxury items and pay personal expenses, according to testimony during his trial Thursday. But he otherwise approved “every penny” of the personal bills bookkeeper Heather … Continue reading ALEXANDRIA, Va. | Bookkeeper: Manafort didn’t disclose foreign accounts to her

WASHINGTON | Mueller offers Trump team new proposal for interview

WASHINGTON — In negotiations over a possible interview by prosecutors, special counsel Robert Mueller‘s team has offered the White House format changes, perhaps willing to limit some questions asked of President Donald Trump or accept some answers in writing, according to a person briefed on the proposal. Talks between Trump’s lawyers and the special counsel … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Mueller offers Trump team new proposal for interview