The Mueller Investigation
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Tracking the investigation into how the Russians infiltrated the Trump campaign and the Republican Party and conspired with the Trump campaign to help get Donald J. Trump elected president of the United States of America. So far Mueller has indicted 32 people (26 are Russian nationals) and three Russian companies, it not a witch hunt it’s a mole hunt.
Manafort jury sends note to judge, asks him to define 'reasonable doubt' - The jury in the Paul Manafort trial sent a note to the judge with a list of questions, including wanting to know the definition of "reasonable doubt." CNN's Kara Scannell reports.
Prosecution, defense spar in closing arguments of Manafort trial - Closing statement have concluded in the financial crimes trial of Paul Manafort, the former campaign chairman for Donald Trump, and prosecutors took the opportunity to paint Manafort as a liar and a schemer. "When you follow the trail of Mr. Manafort's money, it's littered with lies,” special counsel prosecutor Greg Andres said in federal court on Wednesday, telling jurors that Manafort is “not above the law.”
Paul Manafort trial Day 12: Prosecutors say Manafort money trail ‘littered with lies’ - After his defense of Rick Gates’ testimony, prosecutor Greg Andres moved into the details of Paul Manafort’s alleged bank fraud. “Time and time again, Mr. Manafort provided false information” to banks, Andres said, adding that “any number of bank documents that Mr. Manafort signed” explicitly say that doing so is a crime. The fraud was necessary, Andres explained, because Manafort’s Ukrainian patron Viktor Yanukovych “was out of power,” and “Mr. Manafort couldn’t pay his bills.”
Mueller Is Closing in on Roger Stone - The special counsel is ramping up interviews with Stone associates, and paging through potentially damning e-mails. As Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference churns on, the list of individuals the special counsel hasn’t interviewed is arguably as interesting as those he has. And given his communications with WikiLeaks and Russian hacker Guccifer 2.0, professional ratfucker and longtime Donald Trump confidant Roger Stone ranks near the top. Stone has yet to be called in for questioning himself, but reports suggest Mueller has taken an interest in Stone, probing said WikiLeaks links, as well as his relationship with Rick Gates, the former deputy chairman of the Trump campaign who’s cooperating with the government.
Defense rests in Paul Manafort trial; closing arguments Wednesday - The defense rested its case Tuesday morning in the trial against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort without calling any witnesses, setting the stage for closing arguments Wednesday morning. Manafort spoke for the first time in court during the trial, saying he will not testify.
Manafort emailed Kushner with recommendations for senior administration posts - Donald Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner is now officially part of the trove of evidence in Paul Manafort's criminal trial, as part of an email exchange with the former campaign chairman about potential senior administration jobs. Manafort sent Kushner a recommendation to appoint Federal Savings Bank chair Stephen Calk as secretary of the Army in a November 30, 2016, email released Monday by the Justice Department. At the same time, Manafort had received the first part of what would be $16 million in loans from Calk's bank, according to testimony Monday from James Brennan, the bank's vice president. Manafort also suggested two other possible Trump appointees, Pat Sink and Vernon Parker, according to the email released Monday.
Paul Manafort trial Day 10: Special counsel’s office calls its final witness in fraud case - Paul Manafort or his agents neglected to mention mortgages on two New York properties when he sought $16 million in loans. A vice president of Federal Savings Bank said he wouldn’t have approved the $16 million loans, but the bank CEO pushed them through. The prosecution rested its case in chief, and the defense will argue its motion to acquit on Tuesday.
Manafort witness says bank CEO coveted Cabinet job, pushed to approve loans - The chief executive officer of a small Chicago bank that approved $16 million in loans to former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort was seeking a post in the new administration, a witness testified on Friday in Manafort’s fraud trial.
Paul Manafort trial Day 9: Prosecutors again ask Judge Ellis to correct one of his quips before jury - Paul Manafort, President Trump’s onetime campaign chairman, is on trial in federal court in Alexandria on bank and tax fraud charges. Prosecutors allege he failed to pay taxes on millions he made from his work for a Russia-friendly Ukrainian political party, then lied to get loans when the cash stopped coming in.
Roger Stone associate Andrew Miller held in contempt for ducking Mueller grand jury - Andrew Miller fought a subpoena to testify, and did not show up to the grand jury on Friday, said his attorneys.
The Special Counsel investigation (2017–present) - 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."
Manafort trial Day 8: Judge concedes fault after Mueller protest - Prosecutors say a back and forth over an expert witness in front of the jury could have left a negative impression in their minds. The federal judge overseeing the Paul Manafort trial conceded Thursday morning that he made a mistake in chastising special counsel Robert Mueller’s prosecutors a day earlier in front of the jury.
Manafort Trial: Mueller Brings in FBI, IRS as the Case Nears the Finish Line - Beyond the drama of Rick Gates’ testimony, the numbers tell the real story
Russians went after Hillary emails the same day Trump called for hack - The indictment of 12 Russian intelligence officers for hacking Democrats’ and Hillary Clinton’s emails said they began going after the former first lady’s personal emails “on or about July 27, 2016” — the same day Donald Trump called on Russia to find her missing emails. “Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing,” Trump said, looking directly into TV cameras, at a press conference in Florida that day in which he also cast doubt that Russia was behind the hacking.
Manafort had more than $65 million in foreign accounts, FBI tells jury - Paul Manafort collected more than $65 million in foreign accounts for his Ukrainian political work from 2010-2014 and spent more than $15 million in the same period on real estate, landscaping, home improvement and luxury items like his ostrich and python jackets, an FBI witness told jurors
The Manafort trial judge keeps yelling at prosecutors. That's not good news for the defendant. - Trial lawyers know that judicial grumbling is not a reliable predictor of results. Ellis is plain-spoken and forceful and doesn’t hesitate to criticize the prosecutors. The news has been filled with stories of his rebukes, including interrupting the prosecutors’ opening statements to remind them that Manafort's being wealthy isn’t a crime, berating them for introducing exhibits too slowly, demanding that they move faster, narrowing the evidence they’re allowed to present and accusing a prosecutor of “tearing up” during a tense exchange. He even takes shots at the prosecution’s witnesses, as when he told Rick Gates that Manafort couldn’t have kept too close an eye on his money if Gates was able to steal some of it.
Paul Manafort trial Day 7: Manafort took in $60 million over five years, including $31 million from Ukraine in 2012 - Prosecutors are using IRS agent Michael Welch to state clearly what they argued in opening statements and have had witnesses testify on for several days now — Paul Manafort did not pay taxes on all of the income he earned in Ukraine between 2010 and 2014. Welch said Manafort received about $15.5 million from Ukraine which he then paid directly to vendors, and which he did not report or pay taxes on.
Paul Manafort Trial Live Updates: After a $215,000 Tax Bill, Manafort Writes ‘This Is a Disaster’ - Mr. Manafort’s case is separate from the investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election and any ties to the Trump campaign, though this is the first trial stemming from the investigation of Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel.
Rick Gates Testifies That He Committed Crimes With Paul Manafort - Gates’ trial testimony is key to special counsel Robert Mueller’s case against the former Trump campaign chief.
Paul Manafort trial Day 5: Rick Gates testifies he committed bank, tax fraud at Manafort’s direction - Rick Gates, Paul Manafort’s longtime business partner, testifies they committed bank and tax fraud. Gates admits he embezzled hundreds of thousands from Manafort
Paul Manafort trial blog: Judge says showing jury flashy suits could ‘besmirch the defendant’ - Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort is on trial in Alexandria, Virginia, for tax evasion and money laundering. The trial is the first to arise from special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into election interference.
Mueller Passes 3 Cases Focused on Illicit Foreign Lobbying to Prosecutors in New York - Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel, has referred three investigations into possible illicit foreign lobbying by Washington insiders to federal prosecutors in New York who are already handling the case against President Trump’s former lawyer, according to multiple people familiar with the cases.
Manafort trial begins in biggest test yet for special counsel Robert Mueller - The biggest test of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election begins Tuesday with the trial of Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort.
The Mueller Investigation, Explained. Here’s Your Guide To The Trump-Russia Probe - Robert Mueller’s special counsel investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 campaign can be a lot to keep up with.
Mueller Examining Trump’s Tweets in Wide-Ranging Obstruction Inquiry - The special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, is scrutinizing tweets and negative statements from the president about Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the former F.B.I. director James B. Comey, according to three people briefed on the matter.
Judge grants immunity for five witnesses in Manafort case - A federal judge in Alexandria, Virginia, has granted the request for five witnesses to testify with immunity in the criminal trial of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.
FBI releases FISA warrant for former Trump campaign aide Carter Page - The documents appear to discount claims made by some Republicans that the FBI failed to properly disclose sources of information used to seek it.
Mueller releases list of more than 500 pieces of evidence against Manafort - Robert Mueller's special counsel office on Wednesday released an itemized list of evidence prosecutors are considering for use against Paul Manafort as the former Trump aide's Washington D.C. trial approaches.
12 Russians indicted in Mueller investigation - The Justice Department announced indictments against 12 Russian nationals as part of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election, accusing them of engaging in a "sustained effort" to hack Democrats' emails and computer networks. All 12 defendants are members of the GRU, a Russian federation intelligence agency within the main intelligence directorate of the Russian military, who were acting in "their official capacities."