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Michael Cohen Told Mueller That Trump Directed Him To Lie To Congress About Russia Project

Former Trump attorney Michael Cohen told the special counsel’s office that President Trump directed him to lie to Congress about his work to build a Trump Tower in Moscow, according to a new report. BuzzFeed reports that two anonymous law enforcement sources said that Special Counsel Robert Mueller also has other evidence backing up Cohen’s claims. According to the report: The ...

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Michael Cohen May Back Out Of Congressional Hearing Over Trump Comments

Michael Cohen

Former Trump attorney Michael Cohen might back out of a congressional hearing scheduled for February, the former Trump lawyer’s adviser said Thursday. In an appearance on MSNBC, Lanny Davis said Cohen is reconsidering whether to testify before Congress because of comments from President Donald Trump about Cohen’s father-in-law. “There is genuine fear and it causes Michael Cohen to consider whether he should go forward ...

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Top Obama White House Lawyer Made False Statements To DOJ About Manafort-Related Work

The Justice Department is alleging that the former Obama White House general counsel made ‘false and misleading’ statements regarding consulting work done for Ukraine. Greg Craig was lead partner for the law firm Skadden Arps on its Ukraine work, which was done in partnership with Paul Manafort, the former Trump campaign chairman.  Skadden Arps agreed Thursday to settle with the ...

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Bruce Ohr Testimony Undercuts Adam Schiff’s Defense Of FBI

Justice Department official Bruce Ohr’s testimony about his meetings with FBI officials regarding dossier author Christopher Steele severely undercuts claims made last year by California Rep. Adam Schiff and his fellow Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee. Ohr told lawmakers on Aug. 28 that he briefed top FBI officials Andrew McCabe and Lisa Page in early August 2016, just days ...

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Papadopoulos Told Congress That FBI Asked Him To Spy On Mystery Professor At Center Of Collusion Probe

George Papadopoulos told Congress that the FBI offered to pay him to travel to London to conduct surveillance on Joseph Mifsud, a Maltese professor who allegedly claimed that Russia had dirt on Hillary Clinton The former Trump aide said that he rejected the offer, which was made during a Jan. 31, 2017 meeting with an FBI agent in Chicago Papadopoulos ...

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DOJ Official Bruce Ohr Acknowledged His Dossier-Related Contacts Looked Suspicious

Justice Department official Bruce Ohr admitted to Congress last August that his contacts with the author of the Steele dossier and the FBI could be seen as “troubling” to outside observers The DOJ lawyer served as a back channel between the FBI and Christopher Steele, the author of the dossier  Republican lawmakers have questioned Ohr’s role in the dossier saga ...

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Trump Team Reportedly Rejected Mueller Request For POTUS Interview

President Trump’s attorneys rejected a request from Special Counsel Robert Mueller in recent weeks for a sit-down interview with the Republican, according to CNN. The request was made after Nov. 20, 2018, when Trump’s lawyers responded in writing to a list of questions from Mueller, who is investigating possible collusion with Russia as well as obstruction of justice. Trump’s legal ...

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A Massive Winter Storm Blankets Parts Of The US, Kills Five

A massive winter storm stretching from the Great Plains to the East Coast is dumping snow and causing hundreds of traffic accidents as thousands shelter under winter storm warnings. Winter Storm Gia hit Missouri hard Friday evening, stranding motorists overnight and causing five deaths from traffic accidents in the icy conditions. Roughly 500 traffic accidents have been reported to authorities, The Weather ...

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FBI Lawyer: ‘Not Typically Appropriate’ For Hillary’s Aides To Attend Her FBI Interview

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Lisa Page, a former top attorney at the FBI, told Congress last year she believed it was neither appropriate nor necessary for two of Hillary Clinton’s aides to accompany the former secretary of state in an interview she gave as part of the email investigation. “I would agree with you that it is not typically appropriate or operationally necessary to ...

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FBI Moved ‘Quickly’ To Spy On Carter Page For ‘Operational Reasons,’ FBI Lawyer Testified

A leaked transcript of congressional testimony given by FBI attorney Lisa Page in July 2018 sheds new light on how the bureau went about obtaining spy warrants against Carter Page. Lisa Page testified that the FBI was frustrated with the Justice Department over delays in approving the first warrant against the former Trump campaign aide. Page told lawmakers that the ...

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Fusion GPS-Linked Group Worked With Tech Company Tied To Russian ‘False Flag’ Operation

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A non-profit group linked to Fusion GPS has ties to a cybersecurity firm recently implicated in a self-described “false flag” operation in the Alabama Senate race. The Democracy Integrity Project, which works with Fusion GPS and dossier author Christopher Steele, partnered before the 2018 midterms with New Knowledge, an Austin-based firm that has been tied to an operation that created ...

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AG Nominee William Barr Will Allow Mueller To Finish Russia Probe, Lindsey Graham Says

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William Barr, President Donald Trump’s nominee for attorney general, will allow special counsel Robert Mueller to finish his Russia investigation, incoming Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham said Wednesday. Barr will also “air on the side of transparency” in providing Mueller’s final Russia report to Congress and the public, Graham told reporters after a meeting with Barr. “I can assure ...

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Rosenstein Has A Timeline For Leaving The Trump Administration

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein plans to leave the Trump administration in the coming weeks, according to multiple reports on Wednesday. Rosenstein has told President Trump that he will leave the Justice Department after the expected confirmation of William Barr as attorney general. According to ABC News, and other news outlets that reported Rosenstein’s impending departure, he is not being forced ...

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Manafort Reportedly Passed Trump Campaign Data To Russian Oligarch

Paul Manafort

Paul Manafort, the former Trump campaign chairman, provided polling data to a close associate during the 2016 campaign with instructions to share the information with Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska, according to a new report. Manafort’s legal team accidentally revealed in a court filing on Tuesday in the special counsel’s probe that the longtime GOP consultant provided the data to his ...

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Russian Lawyer Linked To Trump Tower Meeting And Fusion GPS Is Charged In New York Case

Russian Lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya

Natalia Veselnitskaya, the Russian lawyer at the center of a firestorm over a June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower who also worked with the Democrat-connected opposition research firm Fusion GPS, was indicted on obstruction of justice charges in New York on Tuesday. According to the indictment, Veselnitskaya submitted an “intentionally misleading” declaration to the Justice Department in a civil case ...

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