Tag: Special Prosecutors (Independent Counsel)

Justice Dept. Warns Mueller to Stay in ‘Boundaries’ of His Report

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department sought on Monday to tightly hem in this week’s congressional testimony by the former special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, telling him in a letter that he “must remain within the boundaries” of the public version of his report on the Russia investigation. The department also told Mr. Mueller that […]

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Ask Mueller Anything. The Facts Won’t Change.

The back-to-back appearances before congressional committees on Wednesday by Robert Mueller, the former special counsel, are being hyped like the Super Bowl. Many critics of President Trump are hoping the event — nationally televised and slated to run roughly five hours — will be a turning point that will not only reveal Mr. Trump to […]

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In 88 Trips to Capitol Hill, Mueller Grew Weary of Partisanship

WASHINGTON — Days after he was appointed special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III visited the Capitol to meet with members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which was conducting its own Russia investigation and needed to coordinate with his. Senator Charles E. Grassley, Republican of Iowa and the committee’s chairman, came with a wisecrack. You did […]

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Mueller Hearings on Wednesday Present Make-or-Break Moment for Democrats

WASHINGTON — For more than two years, Democrats have hoped that Robert S. Mueller III would show the nation that President Trump is unfit for office — or at the very least, severely damage his re-election prospects. On Wednesday, in back-to-back hearings with the former special counsel, that wish could face its final make-or-break moment. […]

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Republicans Prep for Mueller Showdown and Counsel a Light Touch

WASHINGTON — House Republicans have tried to chip away at the credibility of Robert S. Mueller III’s inquiry into Russia’s 2016 election interference since shortly after it began, savaging members of his investigative team as “angry Democrats,” and calling into question his impartiality. But as they prepare to meet Mr. Mueller, the former special counsel, […]

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Roger Stone Is Barred From Social Media After Posts Attacking Russia Inquiry

WASHINGTON — A federal judge on Tuesday ordered President Trump’s former adviser Roger J. Stone Jr. off social media, declaring that he violated a gag order by using Instagram and other platforms to attack the special counsel’s investigation and officials tied to it. Mr. Stone, a self-described dirty trickster, is awaiting trial in November on […]

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House Democrats Postpone Mueller Testimony by One Week

WASHINGTON — House Democrats said late Friday that they had postponed until July 24 two hearings with Robert S. Mueller III, which had been scheduled to take place next week, to allow for expanded questioning of the former special counsel. The reversal, after a day of negotiations with Mr. Mueller’s associates, came as both Democrats […]

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House Democrats Subpoena a Who’s Who of Mueller Witnesses

WASHINGTON — The House Judiciary Committee on Thursday approved a dozen new subpoenas targeting a who’s who of witnesses cited in Robert S. Mueller III’s report as Democrats sought to elevate their showdown with President Trump over episodes of possible obstruction of justice documented by the special counsel. The panel also approved a separate group […]

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What Will It Take for Democrats to Unite Behind Impeaching Trump?

Many Democrats are arguing harshly that the House is wasting an opportunity to open an impeachment inquiry against President Trump. Their point of support: Watergate-era House Democrats. In their telling, House Democrats were always united in support of impeaching President Richard Nixon. But that isn’t true. I was there, and in fact initially they were […]

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Justice Dept. Tells Mueller Deputies Not to Testify, Scrambling an Agreement

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department is seeking to discourage Robert S. Mueller III’s deputies from testifying before Congress, potentially jeopardizing an agreement for two of the former prosecutors to answer lawmakers’ questions in private next week, according to two government officials familiar with the matter. The department told the House Intelligence and Judiciary Committees last […]

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Michael Flynn Changes His Story, Putting Him on Collision Course With Judge

WASHINGTON — Michael T. Flynn, the former national security adviser, backed off his planned testimony in a federal case against a former associate, according to court documents unsealed on Tuesday. Mr. Flynn had previously admitted that he lied on foreign lobbying disclosure forms submitted to the Justice Department but now is blaming his former lawyers, […]

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Barr Says House Subpoenaed Mueller to Create ‘Public Spectacle’

EDGEFIELD, S.C. — Attorney General William P. Barr accused House Democrats on Monday of subpoenaing testimony from Robert S. Mueller III to “create some kind of public spectacle,” rather than elicit facts, pointing to Mr. Mueller’s declaration that he would discuss only the facts laid out in the Russia investigation report. “I don’t really feel […]

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Trump Lashes Out After Mueller Agrees to Testify to Congress

WASHINGTON — President Trump lashed out at the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, on Wednesday, dredging up false accusations about the conduct of investigators after House Democrats announced that Mr. Mueller would testify publicly next month. The president offered no evidence as he repeated earlier accusations that Mr. Mueller destroyed text messages between two […]

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Robert Mueller to Testify Before House Committees

WASHINGTON — Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel, has agreed to testify before Congress on July 17, two House committees announced Tuesday night after issuing subpoenas to compel his appearance. The subpoenas from the House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees set up a must-see hearing that could reshape the political landscape around Donald J. Trump’s […]

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Paul Manafort and Sean Hannity Traded Complaints and Tidbits for Months, Texts Show

WASHINGTON — He has been called the shadow White House chief of staff, but Sean Hannity also sought to assist Paul Manafort as he defended himself from the special counsel’s investigation, according to court documents unsealed on Friday. Mr. Hannity, a Fox News host who is a close ally of President Trump, advised Mr. Manafort […]

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Jussie Smollett Case to Be Reviewed by Special Prosecutor

CHICAGO — A judge on Friday ordered that a special prosecutor be appointed to independently investigate charges that the actor Jussie Smollett staged a racist hate crime against himself, as well as the prosecutors’ abrupt decision in March to drop the felony counts against him. The judge’s order concerned the decision by Kim Foxx, the […]

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Andrew Weissmann, a Top Mueller Prosecutor, Has a Book Deal

Andrew Weissmann, one of the top prosecutors for Robert S. Mueller III on the Russia investigation, is writing a book that will explore his work on the special counsel’s inquiry, according to a publishing executive with knowledge of the deal. Mr. Weissmann appears to be the first prosecutor on the special counsel’s team to make […]

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Paul Manafort Seemed Headed to Rikers. Then the Justice Department Intervened.

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] Paul J. Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign chairman who is serving a federal prison sentence, had been expected to be transferred to the notorious Rikers Island jail complex this month to await trial on a separate state case. But […]

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Trump’s Abuse of Executive Privilege Is More Than a Present Danger

President Trump has been on an executive privilege extravaganza. In the past month, he’s asserted it to block Congress from obtaining documents about the census citizenship question, invoked it to try to bar the full Mueller report from being given to Congress, and used it to bar his former White House counsel, Don McGahn, from […]

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