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Roger Stone Asks Judge To Dismiss Case, Wants Unredacted Copy Of Mueller Report

Roger Stone is calling on a federal judge to dismiss charges against him stemming from the special counsel’s Russia probe, while also demanding an unredacted copy of Robert Mueller’s final report. Stone’s lawyers made the demands in a flurry of court motions filed on Friday, days ahead of the expected release of a redacted copy of Mueller’s report. “Only by ...

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When Did The Trump-Russia Probe Actually Start?

Robert Mueller

The FBI’s investigation into the Trump campaign formally began in late July 2016, after the Australian government sent in a tip about George Papadopoulos But there are strong indications that the Trump campaign and Trump associates came under scrutiny much earlier than that.  California Rep. Devin Nunes has recently started claiming that “spying” began against the Trump campaign in late ...

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Rod Rosenstein Defends Attorney General’s Handling Of Mueller Report

Outgoing Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on Thursday defended Attorney General William Barr against allegations that he misleading Congress and the public about the special counsel’s Russia report. “He’s being as forthcoming as he can, and so this notion that he’s trying to mislead people, I think is just completely bizarre,” Rosenstein said in a rare interview with The Wall ...

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Devin Nunes Notifies DOJ Of Criminal Referrals In Leak, Conspiracy Probe

California Rep. Devin Nunes notified Attorney General William Barr of eight “potential violations of law” that he says Republicans uncovered during the House Intelligence Committee’s Russia investigation. In a letter to sent Thursday, Nunes offered to brief Barr on the referrals along with Texas Rep. John Ratcliffe, a Republican on the House Intelligence panel. “As part of that investigation, Committee ...

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Avenatti Allegedly Scammed Paraplegic Client Out Of $4 Million Settlement

Michael Avenatti

Michael Avenatti was indicted Thursday on 36 charges of tax fraud, bribery, and embezzlement, including in a case in which the embattled celebrity lawyer allegedly hid $4 million of settlement money from a mentally ill, paraplegic client. According to The Los Angeles Times, Avenatti’s alleged scam caused his client, Geoffrey Ernest Johnson, to miss two months worth of Social Security ...

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AG Barr’s Testimony Revives ‘Spygate’ Debate

Attorney General William Barr’s Senate testimony on Wednesday has revived a partisan debate over “Spygate,” the term coined by President Trump to describe revelations that the FBI used informants in an investigation during the 2016 presidential campaign. During an appearance before the Senate Appropriations Committee, Barr said that he believed that “spying did occur” against the Trump campaign. When pressed ...

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Barr: ‘I Think Spying Did Occur’ Against Trump Campaign

Attorney General William Barr dropped a bombshell Wednesday, telling a group of Senators that he believes spying against the Trump campaign did take place in 2016. “I think spying on a political campaign is a big deal,” Barr said during an exchange with New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee. Shaheen asked in a follow ...

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William Barr Reportedly Forms Team To Investigate Origins Of Russia Probe

Attorney General William Barr has formed a team to investigate how the FBI’s counterintelligence investigation of the Trump campaign began, according to CBS News. On Tuesday, Barr told Congress that he is “reviewing the conduct of the investigation and trying to get my arms around all the aspects of the counterintelligence investigation that was conducted during the summer of 2016.” ...

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Report: DOJ Watchdog Scrutinizing FBI Informant Who Made Contact With Trump Campaign

Stefan Halper

The Justice Department’s inspector general is reportedly scrutinizing the FBI’s use of former professor Stefan Halper as a confidential informant during the investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian government. According to The New York Times, Michael Horowitz, the DOJ inspector general, has inquired about Halper, a former Cambridge professor who has been identified in the press as ...

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Here Is When The FISA Abuse Investigation Will Be Done

Attorney General William Barr said Tuesday that an inspector general’s investigation into whether the FBI abused the surveillance court process during the Russia probe will be completed by May or June. Barr also told lawmakers during a House Appropriations Committee hearing that he is reviewing how the FBI handled the counterintelligence investigation of the Trump campaign that began in Summer ...

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Giuliani: Not Worried ‘At All’ About Mueller Report

Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani expressed confidence Sunday that Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia report will not contain damaging information for President Trump, saying that he is “not worried…at all” about the report, “except for little quibbles.” In an interview on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” Giuliani also said that he believes that the Democratic chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, New ...

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Devin Nunes To Make Criminal Referrals To DOJ For ‘Conspiracy,’ ‘Global Media Leaks’

California Rep. Devin Nunes said Sunday he plans to submit eight criminal referrals to the Justice Department this week related to the Obama administration’s handling of the Trump-Russia investigation. Nunes said on Fox’s “Sunday Morning Futures” that the referrals will be made for alleged leaks of classified information to the media, for manipulating intelligence and for misleading foreign intelligence surveillance ...

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Trump Hires Lawyers To Fight Democrat’s Request For Tax Returns

Donald Trump success

President Donald Trump has hired attorneys to fight a congressional request for his tax returns, according to a letter made public on Friday. In a letter to the IRS’s general counsel, William S. Consovoy, of the firm Consovoy McCarthy Park PLLC., argued that Congress “cannot legally request — and the IRS cannot legally divulge” Trump’s tax returns without what he ...

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Grassley: Mueller Team Mischaracterized Trump Campaign Emails In Court Filing

Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley accused the special counsel’s office of mischaracterizing Trump campaign emails in a way that suggested that Trump advisers were eager to meet with Russians In a newly released letter from 2017, Grassley accused Robert Mueller’s team of feeding “speculation and innuendo” in court filings in 2017 in the case against George Papadopoulos The letter takes on ...

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Cambridge Academic Reflects On Interactions With ‘Spygate’ Figure

A Cambridge post-graduate student is speaking out about her interactions with Stefan Halper, a former Cambridge professor who was revealed last year as a longtime FBI and CIA informant Svetlana Lokhova claims that Halper was behind false allegations provided to U.S. intelligence that she attempted to compromise Michael Flynn at an event held at Cambridge in 2014 Halper is known ...

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