Russia investigation

The ongoing Special Counsel investigation is a United States law enforcement and counterintelligence investigation of the Russian government's efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election, including an investigation of any possible links and/or coordination between Donald Trump's presidential campaign and the Russian government, "and any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation.
Latest news and discussion surrounding the Russia investigation.
  • Robert Mueller wants to avoid 'political spectacle' before Congress: Nadler
    ABC News

    Robert Mueller wants to avoid 'political spectacle' before Congress: Nadler

    Special counsel Robert Mueller is eager to avoid the politics swirling around his investigation into the Trump campaign and Russia’s 2016 influence efforts and doesn’t want to testify publicly on Capitol Hill about his findings, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler said Thursday. “He doesn't want to be public in what some people will regard as a political spectacle, I think,” Nadler said in an interview with MSNBC, confirming reports from ABC News and other outlets about House Democrats pushing back on DOJ's offer for limited Mueller testimony.

  • Robert Mueller Needs to Testify in Front of the American People. Period.
    Esquire

    Robert Mueller Needs to Testify in Front of the American People. Period.

    It's too late to avoid a political spectacle. That ship sailed when he put responsibility in Congress's hands.

  • CNBC

    Trump orders intelligence agencies to cooperate with Attorney General William Barr's investigation into origins of Mueller probe

    President Donald Trump on Thursday directed the U.S. intelligence community to "quickly and fully cooperate" with Attorney General William Barr's investigation into the origins of special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe, according to a White House statement.

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    Simply Wall St.

    What You Should Know About Mueller Water Products, Inc.'s (NYSE:MWA) Financial Strength

    Mueller Water Products, Inc. (NYSE:MWA) is a small-cap stock with a market capitalization of US$1.5b. While investors...

  • The Sinking Collusion Ship
    National Review

    The Sinking Collusion Ship

    The entire Trump-Russia collusion narrative was always implausible.One, the Washington swamp of fixers such as Paul Manafort and John and Tony Podesta was mostly bipartisan and predated Trump.Two, the Trump administration’s Russia policies were far tougher on Vladimir Putin than were those of Barack Obama. Trump confronted Russia in Syria, upped defense spending, increased sanctions, and kept the price of oil down through massive new U.S. energy production. He did not engineer a Russian “reset” or get caught on a hot mic offering a self-interested hiatus in tensions with Russia in order to help his own reelection bid.Three, Russia has a long history of trying to warp U.S. elections that predated Trump and that had earned only lukewarm pushback from the Obama administration.It’s also worth remembering that President Bill Clinton and the Clinton Foundation had been recipients of Russian and Russian-related largesse -- ostensibly because Hillary Clinton had used her influence as secretary of state under Obama to ease resistance to Russian acquisitions of North American uranium holdings.As far as alleged Russian collusion goes, Hillary Clinton used three firewalls -- the Democratic National Committee, the Perkins Coie law firm, and the Fusion GPS strategic intelligence firm -- to hide her campaign’s payments to British national Christopher Steele to find dirt on Trump and his campaign; in other words, to collude. Steele in turn collected his purchased Russian sources to aggregate unverified allegations against Trump. He then spread the gossip within government agencies to ensure that the smears were leaked to the media -- and with a government seal of approval.No wonder that Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s partisan team spent 22 months and $34 million only to conclude the obvious: that Trump did not collude with Russia.Mueller’s failure to find collusion prompts an important question. If the Steele dossier -- the basis for unfounded charges that Trump colluded with Russia -- was fraudulent, then how and why did the Clinton campaign, hand in glove with top Obama administration officials, use such silly trash and smears to unleash the powers of government against Trump’s campaign, transition team, and early presidency?The question is not an idle one.There may well have occurred a near coup attempt by high-ranking officials to destroy a campaign and then to remove an elected president. Likewise, top officials may have engaged in serial lying to federal investigators, perjury, the misleading of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, the illegal insertion of informants into a political campaign, the leaking of classified documents, and the obstruction of justice.So, how can we tell that the former accusers are now terrified of becoming the accused? Because suddenly the usual band of former Obama officials and Trump accusers have largely given up on their allegations that Trump was or is a Russian asset.Instead, John Brennan, James Clapper, James Comey, Andrew McCabe, and Rod Rosenstein are now beginning to accuse one another of wrongdoing.Even their progressive media handlers are starting to sense the desperation in their new yarns -- and the possibility that these hired-gun analysts or guests were themselves guilty of crimes and were using their media platforms to fashion their own defense.The end of the Mueller melodrama has marked the beginning of real fear in Washington.Comey, the former FBI director, has hit the lecture and television circuit with his now-tired moralistic shtick that he alone had a “soul,” while others allowed theirs to be eaten away in "small bites" by Trump. Translated, that means Comey is terrified that former deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein, whom Comey attacked as a Trump enabler, knows that Comey himself may have broken the law -- and may direct prosecutors on how to prove it.Comey is also in a tiff with his former deputy, Andrew McCabe. Both know that the FBI under Comey illegally leaked classified information to the media. But Comey says McCabe went rogue and did it. Of course, McCabe’s attorney shot back that Comey had authorized it. Comey also claims the Steele dossier was not the chief evidence for a FISA warrant. McCabe insists that it was. It’s possible that one might work with prosecutors against the other to finagle a lesser charge.Former CIA director John Brennan has on two occasions lied under oath to Congress and gotten away with it. He may not get away with lying again if it’s determined that he distorted the truth about his efforts to spread the Steele dossier smears. A former CIA official claims that Comey put the unverified Steele dossier into an intelligence community report on alleged Russian interference. Comey has contended that Brennan was the one who did.It’s possible that both did. Doing so would have been unethical if not illegal, given that neither official told President Obama (if he didn’t already know) that the silly Steele dossier was a product of Hillary Clinton’s amateurish efforts to subvert the 2016 Trump campaign.In sum, the old leaky vessel of collusion is sinking.The rats are scampering from their once safe refuge -- biting and piling on one another in vain efforts to avoid drowning.© 2019 Tribune Content Agency, LLC

  • No Collusion. No Obstruction. No Tantrum? Trump Fires Back Amid Feud With Pelosi
    HuffPost

    No Collusion. No Obstruction. No Tantrum? Trump Fires Back Amid Feud With Pelosi

    "I was purposely very polite and calm, much as I was minutes later," the president vented on Twitter.

  • Mueller Probed Cohen Ties to Oligarch’s Cousin, Filings Show
    Bloomberg

    Mueller Probed Cohen Ties to Oligarch’s Cousin, Filings Show

    Five search warrants filed by Mueller’s office starting that July were unsealed Wednesday in federal court in Washington, D.C., detailing some of the early suspicions of Mueller’s investigators. Exchanges between Cohen and Andrew Intrater, the chief executive officer of Columbus Nova LLC, began on the day of Donald Trump’s election, according to a warrant filed in Washington on Aug. 7, 2017.

  • Poll finds wide support for Mueller and McGahn to testify in Congress
    Yahoo News

    Poll finds wide support for Mueller and McGahn to testify in Congress

    Despite the president's claim that "you can’t investigate and legislate simultaneously," most Americans want Congress to continue asking questions.

  • Justice Department to turn over some Mueller documents
    Associated Press

    Justice Department to turn over some Mueller documents

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Easing some of the escalating tension between Congress and the White House, the House intelligence committee postponed efforts to enforce a subpoena against the Justice Department on Wednesday after officials agreed to hand over a cache of documents related to special counsel Robert Mueller's Trump-Russia report.

  • Congress presses Trump administration for Mueller's counterintelligence files
    Reuters

    Congress presses Trump administration for Mueller's counterintelligence files

    Mueller's team produced counterintelligence reports and passed the information along to the FBI and the Justice Department based on witness interviews and other evidence about Russia's attempts to interfere in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Intelligence committees in both the Democrat-led House of Representatives and the Republican-led Senate want detailed information about those reports and leads, the congressional sources said. In a footnote to one section of his report about a Russian operation that trolled American internet users during the 2016 campaign, Mueller said his team was "aware of reports that other Russian entities engaged in similar active measures operations targeting the United States." U.S. and European law enforcement and intelligence officials have said European spy agencies began collecting information about Russian government hackers' efforts to target U.S. government and political networks as early as 2015.

  • House panel, Justice Dept end standoff over Mueller documents
    Reuters

    House panel, Justice Dept end standoff over Mueller documents

    The House Intelligence Committee pulled back on Wednesday from threats to enforce a subpoena against Attorney General William Barr after the Justice Department agreed to turn over materials relating to an investigation into Russian election interference. The decision ended a standoff between the Democratic-led committee and the Justice Department for access to counterintelligence reports generated by Special Counsel Robert Mueller during his probe of President Donald Trump and his associates. The dispute, one of many between the Republican administration and the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives, has come as Trump refuses to cooperate with numerous congressional probes into matters ranging from his personal finances and business dealings to Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

  • In compromise, Justice Department will reveal intelligence files from Mueller probe to House committee
    USA TODAY

    In compromise, Justice Department will reveal intelligence files from Mueller probe to House committee

    The Justice Department reached a compromise to show a House panel intelligence documents related to special counsel Robert Mueller's inquiry.

  • Reuters

    UPDATE 2-House panel, Justice Dept end standoff over Mueller documents

    The House Intelligence Committee pulled back on Wednesday from threats to enforce a subpoena against Attorney General William Barr after the Justice Department agreed to turn over materials relating to an investigation into Russian election interference. The decision ended a standoff between the Democratic-led committee and the Justice Department for access to counterintelligence reports generated by Special Counsel Robert Mueller during his probe of President Donald Trump and his associates. The dispute, one of many between the Republican administration and the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives, has come as Trump refuses to cooperate with numerous congressional probes into matters ranging from his personal finances and business dealings to Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

  • Schiff Strikes Deal to See Mueller's Counterintelligence Work
    Bloomberg

    Schiff Strikes Deal to See Mueller's Counterintelligence Work

    Schiff said in a statement Wednesday that the department has offered to start turning over 12 categories of information that his panel had subpoenaed, and he said the process should be completed by next week. It was a rare instance of cooperation as the Trump administration increasingly stonewalls demands from Democratic-controlled House committees for documents and testimony to follow up on Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election.

  • House Intelligence Committee, DOJ Strike Deal Over Mueller Documents
    HuffPost

    House Intelligence Committee, DOJ Strike Deal Over Mueller Documents

    House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff postponed threatened "enforcement action" against Attorney General William Barr for the subpoenaed documents.