WASHINGTON – Special counsel Robert Mueller's team defended the validity of his appointment in court Thursday amid uncertainty about the future of his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Mueller's attorneys were responding to a challenge brought by an associate of Roger Stone, a longtime adviser to President Donald Trump, that questions the constitutionality of Mueller's role — and that could eventually reach the Supreme Court. The hearing, coming a day after Trump ousted Attorney General Jeff Sessions, opened with a judge at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit telling lawyers to make their case as if it were being argued before the Justice Department shake-up. Andrew Miller, a former assistant to Stone, appealed after losing his bid to block a grand-jury subpoena from Mueller. Miller was held in contempt, but that ruling is on hold pending his appeals case. The special counsel's team has sought to interview … [Read more...] about Roger Stone associate challenges Robert Mueller’s special council appointment
DONALD Trump fired his Attorney General Jeff Sessions just hours after 2018 midterm elections saw the Democrats retake the House of Representatives. But how does the sacking of the former Alabama Senator affect the special investigation into alleged Russian collusion with the Trump campaign in 2016 — which is being led by former FBI chief Robert Mueller? Here's what you should know. What is the special Russia investigation? An independent investigation is being carried out into allegations of Russian collusion with the 2016 Trump presidential campaign. It is being led by Robert Mueller, a former FBI chief who was appointed "Special Counsel" by the Department of Justice. The investigation has resulted in a series of criminal charges against Trump associates including former campaign manager Paul Manafort and Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen. The White House has repeatedly denied the allegations of Russian collusion — with President Trump deeming the probe a "Democrat … [Read more...] about Can Donald Trump dismiss Robert Mueller and how does Jeff Sessions’ resignation affect the special investigation?
POLITICS 10/30/2018 07:20 pm ET The Justice Department asked the FBI to investigate false claims against the special counsel, but that's just the beginning. This is real fake news. By Emily Peck and Ryan J. Reilly It’s hoaxes all the way down in what appears to be an effort to discredit special counsel Robert Mueller with fabricated claims of sexual misconduct. Several media outlets, including HuffPost, received emails earlier this month from a woman claiming she was offered money to spread fake accusations about Mueller. In her email, the woman said she worked as a paralegal at a law firm called Pillsbury, Madison & Sutro in the early 1970s. Mueller worked at the firm after he finished law school. The Atlantic was the first outlet to write about the email on Tuesday afternoon, reporting that the special counsel’s office had referred the allegations to the FBI. “When we learned last week of allegations that women were offered money to make false … [Read more...] about The Bizarre And Failed Attempt To Smear Robert Mueller
WASHINGTON – A spokesman for Robert Mueller said Tuesday that the special counsel's office has asked the FBI to examine claims that women were offered money to say Mueller behaved inappropriately toward them decades ago. The spokesman, Peter Carr, issued a statement saying that "when we learned last week of allegations that women were offered money to make false claims about the special counsel, we immediately referred the matter to the FBI for investigation." Carr's statement comes as Jack Burkman, a conservative lobbyist, tweeted that Thursday he "will reveal the first of special counsel Robert Mueller's sex assault victims. I applaud the courage and dignity and grace and strength of my client." Burkman gained notoriety when he promoted conspiracy theories regarding the still-unsolved killing in 2016 of Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich. Those theories have been disputed by law enforcement officials. The FBI declined to comment. The strange sequence of events … [Read more...] about Robert Mueller refers plot targeting him to FBI
PAUL Manafort is a US lobbyist, political consultant and lawyer who joined Donald Trump’s campaign team in March 2016. But why was he on trial, was he found guilty of fraud, and what's Donald Trump said? Why is Paul Manafort on trial? Manafort, 69, has been under investigation by various federal agencies in the US. He is a person of interest in the FBI probe looking into possible interference in the 2016 presidential election by the Russian government. The charges against him related to his consulting work for the pro-Russian government of Viktor Yanukovych in the Ukraine. Manafort surrendered to the FBI on October 30, 2017. The charges against him include: conspiracy against the United States, conspiracy to launder money, failure to file reports of a foreign bank and financial accounts and being an unregistered agent of foreign principal. Manafort was found guilty of five tax fraud charges, one charge of hiding foreign bank accounts and two counts of bank fraud. The charges … [Read more...] about Why was Paul Manafort on trial, what is his plea deal with Robert Mueller and when was he Trump’s campaign manager?