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Mueller denies probe cleared Trump, hands baton to Congress

May 29, 2019 - 11:22 PM

(UPDATED) Not indicting Donald Trump is not equivalent to clearing him, Robert Mueller says, suggesting Congress has both the constitutional powers and the responsibility to pursue the case

FIRST STATEMENT. Special Counsel Robert Mueller speaks on the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 Presidential election, at the US Justice Department in Washington, DC, on May 29, 2019. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

The Mueller report is out, but the probes continue

Apr 20, 2019 - 9:15 AM

The final report from the probe makes clear that more than a dozen other cases, most of them secret, remain in the pipeline

RELEASED. An illustration shows printed pages of the Mueller Report at an office on April 18, 2019, in Washington, DC. Photo by Eva Hambach / 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

Accused Russian agent pleads guilty in U.S.

Dec 14, 2018 - 2:42 PM

Maria Butina – the first Russian convicted in the sprawl of cases arising from Moscow's interference in the 2016 presidential election – faces up to 6 months in prison, followed by likely deportation

GUILTY PLEA. This August 17, 2018, photo courtesy of the Alexandria, Virginia, Sheriff'€™s Office, shows Maria Butina's booking photograph when she was admitted into the Alexandria Detention Center in Alexandia. AFP PHOTO / Alexandria Sheriff'€™s Office

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

Russia probe document shows closer Trump campaign-WikiLeaks contact

Nov 29, 2018 - 1:01 PM

The Corsi-Stone communications suggest a level of coordination and planning that have not before appeared in evidence released by the investigation headed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller

RUSSIA PROBE. This composite photo shows Trump campaign advisor Roger Stone (L) and Republican activist Jerome Corsi (R). Stone file photo by Lizzie Ochoa/WikiCommons; Corsi file photo from Facebook

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

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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

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

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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Trump lashes out at Russia probe as 'McCarthyism'

Aug 19, 2018 - 9:43 PM

United States President Donald Trump's latest Twitter storm is set off by a front-page report in the New York Times

(FILES) This file photo taken on August 8, 2017 shows US President Donald Trump speaking about North Korea at a meeting with administration officials on the opioid addiction crisis at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey. President Donald Trump said on August 9, 2017 the United States' nuclear arsenal was now "more powerful than ever before" in a fresh warning to North Korea over its missile tests. "My first order as President was to renovate and modernize our nuclear arsenal. It is now far stronger and more powerful than ever before," Trump wrote on Twitter before adding that "hopefully we will never have to use this power."  / AFP PHOTO / NICHOLAS KAMM

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

FBI, Justice Dep't reject probe criticism at testy U.S. hearing

Jun 29, 2018 - 6:13 PM

'I do not believe Special Counsel Mueller is on any kind of witch hunt,' says FBI director Christopher Wray

RUSSIA PROBE. U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein (R) and FBI Director Christopher Wray (L) testify during a hearing before the House Judiciary Committee June 28, 2018 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Photo by 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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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

Comey memos show Trump's obsession with Russia probe

Apr 20, 2018 - 3:47 PM

Trump 'said he was trying to run the country and the cloud of this Russia business was making that difficult,' FBI director James Comey writes in a memo on a conversation they had on March 30, 2017

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

Trump attacks FBI as his lawyer calls for end to Russia probe

Mar 18, 2018 - 2:03 PM

Critics describes the axing of Andrew McCabe – the deputy of former FBI director James Comey – as a 'dangerous' ploy to discredit the top US law enforcement agency

TRUMP. In this file photo taken on March 10, 2018 US President Donald Trump answers questions from the media as he departs the White House in Washington, DC. USA. File photo by Olivier Douliery / AFP

U.S. expands laundering, fraud charges vs ex-Trump campaign chief Manafort

Feb 23, 2018 - 9:30 AM

Paul Manafort and his former partner Richard Gates are charged in a separate 32-count indictment with defrauding the US Internal Revenue Service and lying to US banks in order to get some $20 million in loans

Russia succeeding in sowing U.S. discord – Trump

Feb 18, 2018 - 10:15 PM

'They are laughing their asses off in Moscow. Get smart America!' Donald Trump says in an early morning tweet

Moscow calls US vote meddling claims 'blabber', 'fantasies'

Feb 17, 2018 - 8:21 PM

(2nd UPDATE) 'So as long as we don't see facts, everything else is blabber,' says Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov

SERGEI LAVROV. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov speaks during a meeting with his Cambodian counterpart in Moscow on October 3, 2016.  File photo by Natalia Kolesnikova /AFP

U.S. indicts 13 Russians for election interference

Feb 17, 2018 - 8:56 AM

The indictment details a stunning operation launched in 2014 in a bid to sow social division in the US and influence American politics 'including the presidential election of 2016'

RUSSIA PROBE CHIEF. 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. Saul Loeb/AFP

Trump tells Democrats to refile Russia probe memo

Feb 11, 2018 - 8:37 AM

The document is the Democrats' response to a four-page memorandum written by Republican legislator Devin Nunes, which Trump agreed to declassify and release on February 2

REFILE. Donald Trump says Democrats should refile their memo, leaving a chance for it to be declassified. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Trump, Republicans release memo targeting FBI's Russia probe

Feb 03, 2018 - 9:32 AM

US Donald Trump defies his own FBI director and the Justice Department to declassify the 4-page Republican document, which implies malfeasance and partisanship at the very top of American law enforcement

RUSSIA PROBE. The Republican memo released by Congress is displayed on a journalist's computer screen at a newsroom in Washington DC, on February 2, 2018. Photo by Eric Baradat/AFP

Trump ordered Mueller's firing but reversed course – reports

Jan 26, 2018 - 1:04 PM

US President Donald Trump gave the order in June 2017, according to The New York Times, but White House counsel Don McGahn opposed the decision

TOP INVESTIGATOR. This file photo taken on May 16, 2013 shows then Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director Robert Mueller in Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Trump 'very eager' to be interviewed in Russia probe

Jan 18, 2018 - 8:22 PM

Donald Trump's lawyer tells CBS in interview excerpts released Thursday, January 18, that Trump is 'very eager to sit down and explain whatever is responsive to the questions' that Robert Mueller might pose

DONALD TRUMP. US President Donald Trump makes a statement at the White House in Washington, DC, on November 28, 2017.  File photo by Jim Watson/AFP

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Trump team claims Russia investigator 'unlawfully' got emails

Dec 17, 2017 - 7:13 PM

(UPDATED) Kory Langhofer's accusations are the latest by Republicans seeking to raise doubts about the credibility of Robert Mueller's investigation

CHIEF PROBER. In this file photo, 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. Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP

FBI chief Wray rejects Trump criticism

Dec 08, 2017 - 10:45 AM

'The agents, analysts and staff of the FBI are big boys and girls. We understand that we will take criticism from all corners. We're accustomed to that,' FBI Director Christopher Wray says in a testimony before the House Judiciary Committee

FBI CHIEF. In this file photo, Christopher Wray testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on his nomination to be the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill on July 12, 2017 in Washington,DC.  File photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

The Trump-Russia probe: What we know

Dec 02, 2017 - 8:58 AM

Here is what we know about the probe into allegations of Russian election meddling

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

Trump campaign adviser admits contacts with Russian officials – reports

Nov 04, 2017 - 11:32 PM

But Carter Page downplays the significance of the meetings, telling the New York Times he had 'a very brief hello to a couple of people'

RUSSIA PROBE. Carter Page, former foreign policy adviser for the Trump campaign, speaks to the media after testifying before the House Intelligence Committee on November 2, 2017 in Washington, DC. Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP

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Russia probe team asks White House for records – report

Aug 05, 2017 - 1:00 PM

The document request while not a formal subpoena is the latest signal that the probe is gathering pace

RUSSIA PROBE. Investigators have asked the White House to hand over records related to the Russia probe. Trump file photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP; Robert Mueller file photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP