Politics Posts

Trump-Russia Probe Complete

Mueller Delivers Report on Trump-Russia Investigation to Attorney General: (“The special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, on Friday delivered a report on his inquiry into Russian interference in the 2016 election to Attorney General William P. Barr, bringing to a close an investigation that has consumed the nation and cast a shadow over President Trump for nearly two years. * * * Mr. Barr told congressional leaders in a letter that he may brief them on the special counsel’s ‘principal conclusions’ as early as this weekend, a surprisingly fast turnaround for a report anticipated for months. The attorney general said he ‘remained committed to as much transparency as possible.'”)

Political Battle Rages over Judicial Nominations

Republicans Escalate Bitter Fight over Judicial Nominations: (“With little else moving on Capitol Hill, Mr. McConnell; the White House; and Senator Charles E. Grassley, Republican of Iowa and the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, have turned confirmation of federal judges into their overriding priority. And in severely weakening the power of the blue slip, they have greatly diminished the ability of Democrats to stop them.”)

Michael Flynn Pleads Guilty to Lying to the FBI

Michael Flynn Pleads Guilty to Lying to the FBI and Will Cooperate in Russia Inquiry: (“President Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael T. Flynn, pleaded guilty on Friday to lying to the F.B.I. about conversations with the Russian ambassador last December, becoming the first senior White House official to pledge cooperation in the special counsel’s wide-ranging inquiry of election meddling.”)

Paul Manafort First Person Indicted in “Russia Gate”

Paul Manafort, Who Once Ran Trump Campaign, Told to Surrender: (“Paul Manafort and his former business associate Rick Gates were told to surrender to federal authorities Monday morning, the first charges in a special counsel investigation, according to a person involved in the case.  The charges against Mr. Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign chairman, and Mr. Gates, a business associate of Mr. Manafort, were not immediately clear but represent a significant escalation in a special counsel investigation that has cast a shadow over the president’s first year in office.”)