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Trump campaign chief faces up to 24 years in jail after breaking plea deal

Feb 16, 2019 - 2:24 PM

Paul Manafort is one of 7 former Trump campaign associates who have been charged by the team of Special Counsel Robert Mueller

INDICTED. In this file photo taken on December 11, 2017 former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort leaves Federal Court in Washington, DC. Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP

Trump says Democrat probes into him should 'never be allowed'

Feb 07, 2019 - 11:21 PM

Adam Schiff, the congressman heading the House intelligence committee, says it will look into suspicions of collusion between Trump and Russia and also broader allegations of financial wrongdoing in Trump's inner circle

RUSSIA PROBE. US President Donald Trump speaks during a working session with mayors in the East Room of the White House on January 24, 2018 in Washington, DC. AFP file photo

Trump inaugural committee ordered to hand over documents to prosecutors – reports

Feb 05, 2019 - 1:29 PM

Federal prosecutors ask members of US President Donald Trump's inaugural committee to hand over documents linked to donations and spending

DOCUMENTS REQUESTED. In this file photo taken on November 9, 2018 US President Donald Trump speaks to the press before departing the White House for Paris in Washington, DC. File photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

Mueller's Trump-Russia probe close to completion – official

Jan 29, 2019 - 9:26 AM

Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker says, 'I am comfortable that the decisions that were made (in the Mueller report) are going to be reviewed, you know, through the various means that we have'

ROBERT MUELLER. In this file photo taken on June 21, 2017 former FBI Director Robert Mueller, special counsel on the Russia investigation, leaves following a meeting with members of the US Senate Judiciary Committee at the US Capitol in Washington. -File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Ex-Trump adviser Stone indicted in Mueller probe

Jan 25, 2019 - 7:57 PM

(UPDATED) It is the first indictment in months by the special prosecutor probing Russian efforts to tip the 2016 US election toward Donald Trump and whether he and his people tried to obstruct justice

ARRESTED. This file photo shows political Strategist Roger Stone stands outside the hearing room during a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, December 11, 2018. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Special counsel disputes explosive report on Trump lawyer testimony

Jan 19, 2019 - 2:06 PM

"BuzzFeed's description of specific statements to the Special Counsel's Office, and characterization of documents and testimony obtained by this office, regarding Michael Cohen's Congressional testimony are not accurate," spokesman Peter Carr said in a statement.

PUSH BACK. Special counsel Robert Mueller (2nd L) leaves after a closed meeting with members of the Senate Judiciary Committee June 21, 2017 at the Capitol in Washington, DC. Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP

Trump under fresh scrutiny over relationship with Putin

Jan 14, 2019 - 7:25 AM

The reports come as Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation looms large in the background, punctuated by guilty pleas, convictions, and indictments of former Trump associates

SOURED RELATIONS. US President Donald Trump chats with Russian President Vladimir Putin as they attend the APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting on November 11, 2017. File photo by Mikhail Klimentyev/Sputnik/AFP

FBI opened probe into whether Trump working for Russians

Jan 12, 2019 - 11:40 AM

(UPDATED) The investigation – a dual counterintelligence and criminal probe – was launched after the president fired FBI director James Comey in May 2017, the New York Times reports

PROBED. US President Donald Trump during a meeting on border security in the Cabinet Room of the White House January 11, 2019 in Washington, DC. Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP

Trump campaign chief gave polling data to Russian

Jan 09, 2019 - 2:52 PM

Paul Manafort denies allegations from the Russian collusion investigation of Special Counsel Robert Mueller that he had lied about his dealings with Konstantin Kilimnik

PAUL MANAFORT. Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort leaves the Prettyman Federal Courthouse following a hearing November 2, 2017 in Washington, DC. File photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP

Trump ex-security chief Flynn sold country out, says judge

Dec 19, 2018 - 7:18 AM

It's a sharp and unexpected rebuke to the highest-ranked Trump aide so far to face a judge in the Russian collusion investigation of Special Counsel Robert Mueller

Former FBI chief lashes out at Trump, Republicans

Dec 18, 2018 - 8:40 AM

'The FBI's reputation has taken a big hit because the president of the United States, with his acolytes, has lied about it constantly,' says former FBI director James Comey

COMEY. Former FBI Director James Comey testifies before the US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, June 8, 2017. File photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

2018: Trump's year of disruption – and danger ahead

Dec 16, 2018 - 2:00 PM

From trampling near-sacred allies like Canada to trying to make good with rival Russia and enemy North Korea, Donald Trump's foreign policy shook up the world

Ex-lawyer blames Trump 'dirty deeds' as he gets 3 years

Dec 13, 2018 - 8:15 AM

Pleading for leniency in a packed Manhattan courtroom before US District Court Judge William H. Pauley III, Michael Cohen says he has been led astray by misplaced admiration for Donald Trump

3 YEARS. US President Donald Trump's former attorney Michael Cohen leaves US Federal Court in New York on December 12, 2018 after his sentencing after pleading guilty to tax evasion, making false statements to a financial institution, illegal campaign contributions, and making false statements to Congress. Photo by Timothy A. Clary/AFP

Trump's ex-lawyer Cohen faces hour of truth

Dec 12, 2018 - 2:37 PM

Judge William Pauley will have to decide if there is room to go easy on Michael Cohen, who has asked for the lightest sentence possible to 'start his life over'

HOUR OF TRUTH. In this file photo, Michael Cohen, former lawyer to U.S. President Donald Trump, exits the Federal Courthouse on August 21, 2018 in New York City. File photo by Yana Paskova/Getty Images/AFP

Russian offered Trump campaign 'political' cooperation in 2015

Dec 08, 2018 - 9:53 AM

(UPDATED) Based on Michael Cohen's testimony, a Russian allegedly offered 'political synergy' and 'synergy on a government level' to President Donald Trump's campaign as early as 2015

RUSSIA PROBE. In this file photo, then Republican president-elect Donald Trump speaks during election night at the New York Hilton Midtown in New York on November 9, 2016. Jim Watson/AFP

U.S. Special Counsel Mueller recommends no jail time for Flynn

Dec 05, 2018 - 10:03 AM

(UPDATED) The surprise recommendation comes ahead of Michael Flynn's upcoming sentencing, which has been postponed 4 times over the past year

MICHAEL FLYNN. Lieutenant General Michael Flynn (ret.), National Security Advisor Designate at a conference on the transition of the US Presidency from Barack Obama to Donald Trump at the US Institute Of Peace in Washington DC, January 10, 2017.  File photo by Chris Kleponis/AFP

Trump calls for his ex-lawyer Michael Cohen to be jailed

Dec 04, 2018 - 11:26 AM

US President Donald Trump also praises another former advisor, Roger Stone, for refusing to testify against him

COHEN. Donald Trump file photo by Olivier Douliery/AFP. Michael Cohen file photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP

Ex-Trump advisor Papadopoulos imprisoned in Russia probe

Nov 27, 2018 - 9:32 AM

He is the second figure in the Mueller probe to be sentenced to jail, after Alex Van Der Zwaan, a London lawyer who got 30 days for lying about his work with Paul Manafort

JAIL TIME. This undated image posted on his Linkedin profile shows George Papadopoulos posing on a street of London. File photo from LinkedIn/AFP

Trump sends written responses to special counsel Mueller

Nov 21, 2018 - 10:01 AM

Trump also confirms that the written answers to questions sent in by Special Counsel Robert Mueller have been completed

RESPONSE. US President Donald Trump addresses the Pledge to America's Workers event at the White House in Washington, DC.  Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

U.S. lawmakers return to work, spending showdown ahead

Nov 14, 2018 - 8:41 AM

'The reality is that we still have a series of important, outstanding subjects to tackle between now and the end of this year,' says Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell

BACK TO WORK. In this file photo, US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell speaks at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, June 27, 2017. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Trump's attorney general switch sparks Russia probe fury

Nov 09, 2018 - 6:20 PM

Trump tweet provokes consternation across Washington, where politicians from both sides have long warned that political interference in Robert Mueller's work cannot be tolerated.

(FILES) This file photo taken on June 19, 2013 shows then Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director Robert Mueller testifying before the US Senate Judiciary Committee on oversight during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.  Special counsels like the one named to oversee the probe into Russia's alleged election interference are rare super sleuths with more power and independence than regular US investigators. This time it is Robert Mueller, a former FBI director who took over the high-stakes Russia probe in May after US President Donald Trump fired James Comey as FBI director. The first indictments in Mueller's probe are reported to have been brought by a grand jury and could be made public as early as October 30, 2017.   / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB

Fears for Russia probe as Trump fires Jeff Sessions

Nov 08, 2018 - 7:05 AM

In announcing the resignation – in a tweet thanking him 'for his service' – Donald Trump right away names as acting attorney general Jeff Sessions' chief of staff Matthew Whitaker

FIRED. In this file photo, US Attorney General Jeff Sessions holds a news conference at the Department of Justice on December 15, 2017 in Washington, DC. File photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP

Trump official sought Israeli help to disrupt rival campaigns – report

Oct 09, 2018 - 8:51 AM

Citing interviews and copies of the proposals, the The New York Times says the effort by Rick Gates seemed unrelated to an effort Russia was then escalating to interfere in the US election

GATES. Former Trump campaign official Rick Gates leaves Federal Court on December 11, 2017 in Washington, DC. Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP

Trump's ex-lawyer Cohen cooperating in Mueller probe

Sep 21, 2018 - 1:11 PM

Michael Cohen 'has participated over the last month in multiple interview sessions lasting for hours' with Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team

MUELLER PROBE. Michael Cohen, former lawyer to U.S. President Donald Trump, exits the Federal Courthouse on August 21, 2018 in New York City. Cohen reached an agreement with prosecutors, pleading guilty to charges involving bank fraud, tax fraud and campaign finance violations. File photo by Yana Paskova/Getty Images/AFP

Former Trump campaign aide Papadopoulos pleads for light sentence

Sep 01, 2018 - 11:48 PM

His meetings with individuals with apparent Russian intelligence ties in 2016 are the initial reason for the FBI launching the collusion investigation, which now has its focus on President Trump, his family and top advisors

PAPADOPOULOS. This undated image posted on his Linkedin profile shows George Papadopoulos posing on a street of London. Former Trump campaign aide, George Papadopoulos, pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his Kremlin-related contacts, and more specifically on a Moscow-linked professor who was offering 'dirt' on Trump's election rival Hillary Clinton. Photo from LinkedIn/AFP

Top White House lawyer to leave as Russia probe heats up

Aug 30, 2018 - 11:29 AM

Donald Trump makes the announcement on Twitter without first telling McGahn, The New York Times reports, citing people close to the president and the lawyer

MCGAHN. In this file photo taken on April 13, 2018 US White House Counsel Don McGahn walks after the investiture ceremony for US District Judge Trevor N. McFadden at the US District Court in Washington, DC. File photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images North America/AFP

[Editorial] #AnimatED: The thought of a Trump downfall

Aug 27, 2018 - 9:00 AM

The Philippines will watch this American saga with bated breath. Here's why.

Trump's options narrowing as investigations close in

Aug 23, 2018 - 4:50 PM

The felony convictions of two former top aides on Tuesday, August 21, demonstrated that Trump's nonstop attacks have failed to impede Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia collusion and obstruction investigation against him

TRUMP'S OPTIONS? US President Donald Trump casts a shadow as he addresses a press conference on the second day of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) summit in Brussels on July 12, 2018. File photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Manafort conviction and Cohen plea boost Mueller probe

Aug 22, 2018 - 3:33 PM

Experts say every win counts for Robert Mueller, with a growing record of success making it more likely he will secure cooperation from future witnesses

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Jury begins fourth day of deliberations in Manafort trial

Aug 21, 2018 - 11:24 PM

The case against Paul Manafort stems from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian election interference and possible collusion between the Trump campaign team and Moscow

INDICTED. In this file photo taken on December 11, 2017 former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort leaves Federal Court in Washington, DC. File photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Jury adjourns without verdict in Manafort trial

Aug 21, 2018 - 3:54 PM

While Paul Manafort is not charged with any crimes related to his brief time as Donald Trump's campaign chairman, the trial is seen as an important test for the Mueller probe

ADJOURNED. In this file photo, Paul Manafort walks outside the William B. Bryant US Courthouse Annex on October 30, 2017 in Washington,DC. File photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Prosecutors focus on Manafort 'lies' as trial draws to a close

Aug 16, 2018 - 4:55 PM

Paul Manafort, a Republican political consultant and lobbyist, is charged with 18 counts of tax evasion and bank fraud

PAUL MANAFORT. Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort leaves the Prettyman Federal Courthouse following a hearing November 2, 2017 in Washington, DC. File photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP

Trump admits Donald Jr met with Russian lawyer at Trump Tower

Aug 06, 2018 - 1:54 PM

This is Trump's most direct acknowledgement that the motive for the June 2016 meeting was to get dirt on Hillary Clinton

NOT ILLEGAL. File photo of US President Donald Trump speaking to the media during last month's G7 Summit in Quebec City, Canada. Canada. Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images/AFP

Trump tells attorney general to end Russia probe

Aug 01, 2018 - 11:09 PM

(UPDATED) Aides rush to limit the damage, insisting Donald Trump is not issuing an order as Jeff Session's boss.

TRUMP AND SESSIONS. This file photo taken on February 9, 2017 shows US President Donald Trump alongside US Attorney General Jeff Sessions after Sessions was sworn in as Attorney General in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Former Trump campaign chief goes on trial for bank and tax fraud

Jul 31, 2018 - 1:59 PM

(UPDATED) Paul Manafort is the first defendant to go to court to fight charges stemming from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election

TRIAL. In this file photo taken on December 11, 2017 former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort leaves Federal Court in Washington, DC. File photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP

[OPINION] Blogger broke a cardinal rule of journalism by revealing source to FBI

Jul 09, 2018 - 1:44 PM

Here's why respected blogger Marcy Wheeler did it

Special counsel Robert Mueller (2nd L) leaves after a closed meeting with members of the Senate Judiciary Committee June 21, 2017 at the Capitol in Washington, DC. The committee meets with Mueller to discuss the firing of former FBI Director James Comey. Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP

Top Republican Ryan says Trump shouldn't pardon himself

Jun 07, 2018 - 11:38 AM

Asked by a reporter Wednesday if President Donald Trump has the power to pardon himself, House Speaker Paul Ryan answers, 'Obviously the answer is he shouldn't, and no one is above the law.'

TRUMP VISITS CONGRESS. In this file photo, then President-elect Donald Trump and his wife Melania Trump (L) meet with House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) at The Capitol Building on November 10, 2016 in Washington, D.C. United States. File photo by Zach Gibson/Getty Images/AFP

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May 18, 2018 - 12:39 PM

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Trump rages at 'witch hunt' as Mueller probe enters year 2

May 18, 2018 - 9:06 AM

'Congratulations America, we are now into the second year of the greatest Witch Hunt in American History,' US President Donald Trump says in a series of angry tweets to mark the anniversary

RUSSIA PROBE. Since at least early this year, Robert Mueller has discussed the possibility of interviewing Donald Trump for the investigation. Trump file photo by Don Emmert/AFP; Mueller file photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Russian oligarch questioned over Trump lawyer payments – report

May 09, 2018 - 8:32 AM

CNN reports that the payments were made after the election but while Michael Cohen was still Donald Trump's personal attorney

MICHAEL COHEN. US President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen (C) leaves the US Courthouse in New York on April 26, 2018. Photo by Hector Retamal/AFP

PDEA on drug list, Duterte signs contractualization EO, Mueller on Trump | Evening wRap

May 01, 2018 - 8:55 PM

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Mueller questions for Trump probe possible obstruction – report

May 01, 2018 - 2:38 PM

(UPDATED) The questions also show that Special Counsel Robert Mueller wants to find out what US President Donald Trump knew about links between members of his presidential campaign and Russia

RUSSIA PROBE. Since at least early this year, Robert Mueller has discussed the possibility of interviewing Donald Trump for the investigation. Trump file photo by Don Emmert/AFP; Mueller file photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

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Apr 13, 2018 - 12:16 PM

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Apr 12, 2018 - 7:40 PM

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Trump says Russia ties worse than Cold War, blames Mueller

Apr 12, 2018 - 8:12 AM

US President Donald Trump mocks Moscow's threat to shoot down any US missiles targeting Syria and pilloried Moscow for its ties to the regime of Bashar al-Assad

US PRESIDENT. US President Donald Trump claims ties with Russia are worse than during the Cold War. File photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

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Apr 11, 2018 - 8:42 PM

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Trump can fire Russia prosecutor Mueller, says White House

Apr 11, 2018 - 2:04 PM

After months of denying Mueller's removal is under consideration, the change in tone comes as President Donald Trump reacts furiously to an FBI raid of his private lawyer's offices

FIRE MUELLER? The White House says US President Donald Trump has the power to fire special prosecutor Robert Mueller. Trump file photo by Don Emmert/AFP; Mueller file photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Trump under investigation but not criminal target – report

Apr 04, 2018 - 12:24 PM

The Washington Post says that special counsel Robert Mueller considers US President Donald Trump a subject of the investigation, meaning there is currently not enough evidence to bring criminal charges

UNDER INVESTIGATION. Special counsel Robert Mueller is investigating possible collusion between Russia and Donald Trump's campaign. File photo by Jim Watson/AFP

Putin 'couldn't care less' about U.S. election interference

Mar 10, 2018 - 11:18 AM

'Could anyone really believe that Russia, thousands of miles away... influenced the outcome of the election? Doesn't that sound ridiculous even to you?' Putin asks

CARE LESS. Russia's President Vladimir Putin speaks to the media during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders' summit in the central Vietnamese city of Danang on November 11, 2017. Photo by Mikhail Klimentyev/Sputnik/AFP

Ex-Trump campaign aide Gates pleads guilty to conspiracy, lying

Feb 24, 2018 - 11:49 AM

Rick Gates is the 3rd former Trump aide to agree to cooperate in exchange for reduced charges by Special Counsel Robert Mueller

GATES. Former Trump campaign official Rick Gates leaves Federal Court on December 11, 2017 in Washington, DC. Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP