Mueller submits Trump-Russia report, lawmakers urge quick release

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Special Counsel Robert Mueller on Friday handed in a confidential report on his investigation into Russia’s role in the 2016 presidential election and any potential wrongdoing by U.S. President Donald Trump, setting off a clamor from lawmakers in both parties for the document’s quick release. Marking the end of his nearly two-year investigation that ensnared former Trump […]

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White House rejects Democrats' requests for information on Trump-Putin talks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House rejected a request by congressional Democrats that it provide information about President Donald Trump’s communications with Russian President Vladimir Putin, House Democratic leaders said on Thursday, suggesting they would take further action. U.S. Representatives Adam Schiff, Eliot Engel and Elijah Cummings, the chairmen of the House of Representatives Intelligence, Foreign Affairs and Oversight committees, […]

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House panel interviews Sater, holds hearing in Russia probe

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The House of Representatives intelligence committee said on Thursday it will hold an open hearing and an interview with Felix Sater, a Russian-American involved in negotiations to build a Trump Tower in Moscow, next week as part of its Russia investigation. The intelligence panel’s open hearing next Thursday will focus on the Kremlin’s use of money, oligarchs […]

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White House rejects Democrats' demands for information on Trump-Putin talks: reports

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House has rejected a request by Democratic lawmakers to provide information about President Donald Trump’s communications with Russian President Vladimir Putin, according to media reports on Thursday. The White House sent its denial in a letter to Congress, according to reports by The Hill newspaper and CNN. U.S. Representatives Adam Schiff, Eliot Engel and Elijah […]

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Senior prosecutor departs U.S. special counsel's team: media

(Reuters) – A senior prosecutor has departed special Prosecutor Robert Mueller’s team, the latest to exiting the investigation, media reports said. The move comes amid widespread speculation that Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s role in the 2016 U.S. election is nearing an end. Zainab Ahmad, a leading Mueller prosecutor who oversaw the investigation of former national security advisor and Trump campaign […]

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Documents related to raid on ex-Trump lawyer Cohen can be unsealed: judge

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Documents related to the FBI’s raid on Michael Cohen’s office and hotel room must be made public on Tuesday, a U.S. judge ruled on Monday, clearing the way for a glimpse into the investigation that led to criminal charges against President Donald Trump’s longtime personal lawyer. U.S. District Judge William Pauley in Manhattan ordered federal prosecutors […]

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Russia Still Paying Price for Crimea Five Years After Annexation

Half a decade has passed since Vladimir Putin annexed Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula. For Russia, the costs continue to mount. The accession treaty signed to bring the Black Sea territory into Moscow’s fold is still unrecognized by most countries and the U.S. and European Union led a broad effort to punish Russia with sanctions. Undeterred, Russia has kept integrating Crimea into […]

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Ex-Trump aide Manafort hit with 3-1/2 more years in prison, new charges

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort was sentenced to about 3-1/2 more years in prison and was hit with a fresh set of criminal charges in New York on Wednesday, drawing sympathy from a president who declined to say whether he would issue a pardon. Manafort, 69, is due to spend six years and nine […]

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Mueller says former Trump adviser Flynn's cooperation 'otherwise complete'

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn has completed his cooperation with the special counsel’s Russia investigation, although he is still aiding another federal probe, according to a court filing on Tuesday. The disclosure came in a joint court filing between Flynn’s lawyers and Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office in which they asked for […]

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Top Democrat calls DOJ officials’ claims on Mueller report ‘absolutely insupportable’

The Democratic chairman of the House Intelligence Committee is blasting two Justice Department officials for saying the department could ultimately refuse to grant Congress access to documents from special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe, with the top Democrat denouncing those claims as “absolutely insupportable.” Appearing at a forum in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday morning, Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., said he wanted […]

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