Trump says he talked to Putin about ‘Russian Hoax’ but not about ongoing election interference

President Trump said he and Russian President Vladi­mir Putin discussed the end of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election during a lengthy phone call Friday but said he did not raise concerns about the possibility of Russian interference to come in the 2020 contest. Trump also contradicted […]

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Admitted Russian agent Butina sentenced to 18 months, deportation

WASHINGTON, April 26 (Reuters) – A federal judge on Friday sentenced Russian agent Maria Butina to 18 months in prison after Butina pleaded guilty in December to conspiring with a Russian official to infiltrate a gun rights group and influence U.S. conservative activists and Republicans. U.S. District Court Judge Tanya Chutkan said the 18 months […]

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Putin views launch of new submarine to carry nuclear drones

MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin has watched the launch of a new submarine intended to carry prospective underwater nuclear drones — a doomsday weapon capable of causing a devastating tsunami. During Tuesday’s visit to a military shipyard in St. Petersburg, Putin viewed the departure of the Belgorod nuclear submarine at the Sevmash plant in […]

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Mueller report lays out obstruction evidence against the president

The long-awaited report from special counsel Robert S. Mueller III details abundant evidence against President Trump, finding 10 episodes of potential obstruction but ultimately concluding it was not Mueller’s role to determine whether the commander in chief broke the law. “The evidence we obtained about the President’s actions and intent presents difficult issues that would […]

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NATO chief cites Russia threat in address to U.S. Congress

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The head of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization warned the U.S. Congress on Wednesday of the threat posed by “a more assertive Russia” to the alliance, including its violations of the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty. “NATO has no intention of deploying land-based nuclear missiles in Europe,” NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said. “But […]

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Paul Manafort sentenced to a total of 7.5 years in prison for conspiracy and fraud, and charged with mortgage fraud in N.Y.

Once a globe-trotting lobbyist and consultant to presidents, Paul Manafort left a Washington courtroom Wednesday a felon twice over, facing down a 7 1 / 2 -year prison sentence. As he returned to the jail cell in Alexandria, Va., where he has been held for nine months, prosecutors in New York announced a 16-count grand […]

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End of Mueller investigation could spark battle between Justice Dept. and Congress over release of special counsel’s report

Per: The growing expectation that special counsel Robert S. Mueller III is nearing the end of his work is pushing the Justice Department toward a potential confrontation with congressional Democrats over the release of any report he produces — and lawmakers will have the edge in any battle, according to former department officials. The confirmation […]

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Stone heads to court; Mueller cites potential evidence trove

Per: Associated Press WASHINGTON — Donald Trump confidant Roger Stone is due back in court Friday in the special counsel’s Russia investigation as prosecutors say they have recovered “voluminous and complex” potential evidence in the case, including financial records, emails and computer hard drives. Stone faces a status conference in federal court in Washington just […]

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