Tag: Russia Investigation

Michael Cohen Took 500K From Russian Oligarch

A company tied to a Russian oligarch sent $500,000 last year to an entity that lawyer Michael Cohen used to pay hush money to a porn actress who said she had a sexual encounter with President Donald Trump, according to attorney Michael Avenatti. The bombshell revelations, which couldn’t immediately be verified, caught companies and the…

Report: Mueller Team Probing GOP Convention-Related Issues

Special counsel Robert Mueller’s team has reportedly been asking witnesses about events surrounding the 2016 Republican convention. According to Reuters, investigators are zeroing in on a possible discussion between then-Sen. Jeff Sessions and then-Russian ambassador Sergei Kislyak, in addition to a change in the official Republican party platform that softened language relating to Russia. Mueller…

John Dowd, Trump’s Personal Attorney In Russia Probe, Resigns

John Dowd, President Trump’s personal attorney in the Russia investigation, resigned Thursday, The New York Times reported. The news comes just days after Dowd called for the end of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian election interference and whether the Trump campaign was involved. Dowd reportedly decided to resign after concluding that Trump was…

Andrew McCabe Has Memos Detailing Interactions With Trump

Former deputy FBI director Andrew McCabe has followed in the footsteps of Trump foe James Comey—he reportedly kept personal memos on his dealings with the president. McCabe, fired by Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Friday less than two days before his retirement, took notes on his interactions with the president in the same manner as…

Manafort Pleads Not Guilty To Tax And Fraud Charges In Virginia

President Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort pleaded not guilty Thursday to tax and fraud charges in Virginia federal court, and will be outfitted with a second GPS monitoring bracelet. His trial will start July 10. The bracelet will be in addition to the original tracking device Manafort was assigned last month, after he pleaded…

Report: Mueller Has Proof Trump Team Tried To Set Up Kremlin Back channel

Special Counsel Robert Mueller has evidence that a Seychelles meeting between Erik Prince and an ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin was likely an early attempt to establish a secret line of communication between the U.S. and Russian governments, The Washington Post reports. Prince, the founder of Blackwater and brother of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos,…

Trump Reportedly Asked Witnesses About Their Interviews With Mueller

Special Counsel Robert Mueller has been notified that in recent months, President Trump asked two witnesses about their discussions with investigators, three people familiar with the conversations told The New York Times. Trump asked former Chief of Staff Reince Priebus in December how his interview went and if the special counsel’s team had been “nice,”…

Hope Hicks To Resign As White House Communications Director

Hope Hicks, the White House communications director, said Wednesday she is resigning, the New York Times reports. Hicks, 29, is a long-time aide to President Donald Trump and was a fixture during the presidential campaign. Hicks said she had been considering leaving for several months, telling “colleagues that she had accomplished what she felt she…

Mueller Drops Charges Against Rick Gates

Robert Mueller asked a federal court in Alexandria, Virginia Tuesday to dismiss a series of criminal charges against Gates, including tax and bank fraud, in exchange for his guilty plea and testimony in the wider probe into the 2016 presidential election. Gates also secured another win on Tuesday when a different judge granted his request…

Hope Hicks To Appear In Front Of House Intelligence Committee Today

White House communications director Hope Hicks is expected to testify privately in front of the House Intelligence Committee on Tuesday morning as part of the probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, several people familiar with the committee’s schedule told ABC News. Hicks has been close to President Trump for years, and she…

Mueller Files 32 New Charges Against Manafort And Gates

Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office has filed 32 more charges against Paul Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign chairman, and Rick Gates, a former campaign aide and Manafort’s business associate. The indictment, handed down Thursday by a federal grand jury, charges the men with financial crimes including tax and bank fraud. In October, Manafort and Gates…

Rick Gates Agrees to Testify Against Paul Manafort

Rick Gates, the former Trump campaign aide indicted on money-laundering charges in October, has agreed to testify against former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, the Los Angeles Times reports. “Rick Gates is going to change his plea to guilty,” a source was quoted as saying by the Times, adding that the revised plea will be presented…

Trump: ‘I Never Said Russia Did Not Meddle In The Election’

“I never said Russia did not meddle in the election,” President Trump tweeted early Sunday. “I said ‘it may be Russia, or China or another country or group, or it may be a 400 pound genius sitting in bed and playing with his computer,’” he continued. “The Russian ‘hoax’ was that the Trump campaign colluded…

Mueller Indicts 13 Russian Over Election Interference

Special counsel Robert Mueller on Friday indicted 13 Russian nationals and three Russian companies for interfering in the 2016 U.S. election. The lead defendant is the “Internet Research Agency,” known as Russia’s “troll farm.” They are charged with conspiracy to defraud the United States, conspiracy to commit wire fraud and bank fraud, and aggravated identity…

Report: Bannon Interviewed By Mueller For Multiple Days

Steve Bannon was interviewed by special counsel Robert Mueller over multiple days this week, two sources told NBC News on Thursday. The former chief strategist to President Trump sat down with Mueller for a total of roughly 20 hours as part of the special counsel’s probe of Russian meddling in the 2016 election. This comes…

Trump’s Attorneys Want Him To Refuse An Interview With Mueller

Attorneys for President Trump have advised him against sitting down for an interview with Special Counsel Robert Mueller, four people briefed on the matter told The New York Times. Trump has publicly declared that he is open to speaking with Mueller, who is investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and whether Trump obstructed…

House Republicans Release Nunes Memo Without Redactions

Watch MSNBC LIVE CLICK HERE FOR POLITICS STREAM President Trump on Friday approved the complete declassification of a controversial memo compiled by Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee. The four-page memo, compiled by Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), was subsequently released by the House. It purports to contain proof of “a troubling breakdown of legal processes…

Trump Says He’s Willing To Testify Under Oath To Mueller

President Trump said on Wednesday he is “looking forward” to speaking under oath with Special Counsel Robert Mueller as part of his investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Speaking to reporters as he prepared to leave for the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Trump also said the interview could come in…

Attorney General Jeff Sessions Was Interviewed By Robert Mueller Last Week

Attorney General Jeff Sessions was “questioned for several hours last week” by special counsel Robert Mueller, a Justice Department spokeswoman confirmed Tuesday morning. This marks the first time Mueller has interviewed someone from Trump’s Cabinet. Sessions recused himself from the Justice Department’s investigations into the Trump team’s possible collusion with Russia during 2016 presidential election…

Fusion GPS Trump-Russia Dossier TRANSCRIPT Read it HERE

Dianne Feinstein, the Democratic senator from California, has released the full transcript of a congressional interview with the co-founder of Fusion GPS. The private investigation firm was behind a salacious dossier of research into Trump’s Russia ties that was made public last year. In a recent New York Times op-ed, Fusion co-founder Glenn Simpson claimed…

Report: Trump Is Seeking To Avoid Direct Mueller Interview

President Trump’s legal team has been discussing how he could avoid an interview with the FBI or special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigators as part of the probe into Russian meddling in during the 2016 presidential campaign, according to a new report from NBC News. Such internal discussions reportedly began just after Paul Manafort, the former…

Paul Manafort Sues Robert Mueller, The Department Of Justice

President Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, is suing Special Counsel Robert Mueller, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, and the Department of Justice. Manafort has been indicted for financial crimes to which he has pleaded not guilty; his lawyers now claim he was improperly targeted by Mueller. Rosenstein appointed Mueller last spring to oversee the…

George Papadopolous’s Activity Triggered the Russia Probe

How the Russia Inquiry Began: A Campaign Aide, Drinks and Talk of Political Dirt During a night of heavy drinking at an upscale London bar in May 2016, George Papadopoulos, a young foreign policy adviser to the Trump campaign, made a startling revelation to Australia’s top diplomat in Britain: Russia had political dirt on Hillary…

After Criticizing FBI, Trump Speaks At FBI National Academy Graduation

Just moments before speaking at the FBI national training academy, President Trump continued to bash the bureau. “When you look at what’s going on with the FBI and the Justice Department, people are very, very angry,” the president said as he departed the White House for the academy at Quantico, Virginia. His comment came in…

Mueller Issues Subpoena To Deutsche Bank In Russia Probe

Special counsel Robert Mueller has issued a subpoena to Germany’s largest bank, in a possible sign the investigation into Russian election interference may be expanding toward the finances of President Donald Trump or other individuals under scrutiny by the special counsel. Mueller sought records from Deutsche Bank, a source familiar with the subpoena told the…

Trump Jr. Testifies He Can’t Discuss Conversation He Had With His Father

Donald Trump Jr. told the House Intelligence Committee on Wednesday he couldn’t discuss a conversation he had with his father this summer because of attorney-client privilege. Neither Trump is an attorney or the other’s client, but according to Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), Trump Jr. claimed there was a lawyer in the room during their discussion…

Flynn To Testify Trump Directed Him To Make Contact With The Russians

Michael Flynn will reportedly testify that President Trump instructed him to make contact with Russians during the 2016 presidential campaign, ABC News reported on Friday. “[Flynn] is prepared to testify…against President Trump, against members of the Trump family, and others in the White House,” Brian Ross reported. He added that Flynn’s testimony, as such, would…

Trump Requested Top Republicans End Senate Russia Probe

This summer, President Trump asked Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and other senior Republicans in the Senate multiple times to bring to a close the panel’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, several lawmakers and aides told The New York Times. “It was something along the lines of, ‘I hope…

Michael Flynn Charged With Lying To FBI, Expected To Plead Guilty

Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn is expected to plead guilty this morning to making “willfully” false statements to the FBI about his contact with former Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak. Flynn is reportedly seeking a plea deal, a move that was first signaled last week when his attorneys broke off conversations with White House lawyers.…