Tag Archives: obstruction of justice

Mueller Files Obstruction Charges Against Manafort

The New York Times reports: The special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, brought new obstruction charges on Friday against President Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, and added allegations against a close associate, who prosecutors suspect has ties to Russian intelligence. Prosecutors said the obstruction charge relates to Mr. Manafort’s efforts to coach the stories of witnesses against him. He ...

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Giuliani: Trump Can “Probably” Pardon Himself [VIDEO]

The Hill reports: Rudy Giuliani said early Sunday that President Trump “probably” has the power to pardon himself, but has no plans to do so. “He’s not, but he probably does,” Giuliani, who recently joined Trump’s legal team, said on ABC’s “This Week.” “He has no intention of pardoning himself,” Giuliani said. “That’s another really interesting constitutional question: Can the ...

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Trump Lawyers: A President Cannot Obstruct Justice

The New York Times reports: President Trump’s lawyers have for months quietly waged a campaign to keep the special counsel from trying to force him to answer questions in the investigation into whether he obstructed justice, asserting that he cannot be compelled to testify and arguing in a confidential letter that he could not possibly have committed obstruction because he ...

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REVEALED: Sessions Is A Key Witness In Mueller Probe

The New York Times reports: By the time Attorney General Jeff Sessions arrived at President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort for dinner one Saturday evening in March 2017, he had been receiving the presidential silent treatment for two days. Mr. Sessions had flown to Florida because Mr. Trump was refusing to take his calls about a pressing decision on his travel ban. ...

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Mueller Responds To Media Lawsuits: Probe Is Factually And Legally Interconnected, It Must Remain Private

Talking Points Memo reports: Special Counsel Robert Mueller stressed that his investigation into Russian election meddling was ongoing and consisted of “multiple lines of non-public inquiry,” in a court filing Wednesday evening in a lawsuit brought by media companies seeking the release of certain records related to the probe. “Many aspects of the investigation are factually and legally interconnected: they ...

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Giuliani Reverses On Mueller Interview: Trump Should Do It, It Gets It Over With, It Makes My Client Happy

The Washington Post reports: President Trump’s lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani switched gears Wednesday, saying that he would prefer the president grant an interview to special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s office and that a decision would be made within “the next couple weeks.” “I guess I’d rather do the interview. It gets it over with it, it makes my client ...

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Trump Seeks To Narrow Scope Of Mueller Interview

CNN reports: Donald Trump’s legal team is trying to narrow the scope of the President’s potential interview with special counsel Robert Mueller to questions on Russia-related matters that occurred before Trump’s election, multiple sources familiar with the matter told CNN. Trump’s lawyers, who are urging Mueller to wrap up his investigation, are looking for a way to get him to ...

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White House Announces Meeting With DOJ And FBI To Review “Highly Classified Information” On Russia Probe

PBS NewsHour reports: The White House says President Donald Trump’s Chief of Staff John Kelly plans to “immediately set up a meeting” with congressional leaders and the FBI, Justice Department and Director of National Intelligence to review “highly classified and other information they have requested” related to the Russia investigation. Rep. Devin Nunes, an ardent Trump supporter and head of ...

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Giuliani Claims Mueller Has Limited Scope Of Trump Interview To Two Topics, Won’t Ask About Cohen

CNN reports: Rudy Giuliani said Friday that special counsel Robert Mueller has agreed to narrow the scope of a potential interview with President Donald Trump from five topics to two. The former New York City mayor told CNN’s Chris Cuomo on “New Day” that Mueller is not considering asking the President about his former personal attorney Michael Cohen, who’s under ...

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Rudy Giuliani: We’d Limit Trump’s Mueller Interview To Two To Three Hours Around A Narrow Set Of Questions

The Washington Post reports: In an interview with The Post, former New York mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani — who is now serving as Trump’s lead personal attorney dealing with the special counsel — said the president did not force Ty Cobb to leave. “It was just time for him to go, but he’s still going to be available to us,” ...

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Trump Loses Yet Another Lawyer: Ty Cobb To “Retire”

The New York Times reports: President Trump plans to hire Emmet T. Flood, the veteran Washington lawyer who represented Bill Clinton during his impeachment, to replace Ty Cobb, the White House lawyer who has taken the lead in dealing with the special counsel investigation, who is retiring, according to two people briefed on the matter. In a phone interview, Mr. ...

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Trump: I’m Being Setup For Obstruction Charges

The Hill reports: President Trump attacked the ongoing special counsel investigation into possible collusion between his campaign and Russia as well as the possibility of obstruction of justice charges in a tweet Wednesday morning. Trump has sought to allay accusations of both collusion and obstruction of justice over Twitter in recent months, despite Robert Mueller’s continuing investigation into both areas ...

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Former Mueller Assistant: Grammatical Errors In Leaked Mueller Questions Show They Came From White House

The Hill reports: Michael Zeldin, a CNN legal analyst and former assistant to Robert Mueller, said Tuesday he believes President Trump leaked the list of nearly 50 questions the special counsel allegedly wants to ask Trump. “I think these are notes taken by the recipients of a conversation with Mueller’s office where he outlined broad topics and these guys wrote ...

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LEAKED: Robert Mueller’s Questions For Trump

The New York Times reports: Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel investigating Russia’s election interference, has at least four dozen questions on an exhaustive array of subjects he wants to ask President Trump to learn more about his ties to Russia and determine whether he obstructed the inquiry itself, according to a list of the questions obtained by The ...

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James Comey Sells 600,000 Books In First Week

The New York Times reports: Former F.B.I. director James Comey’s book, “A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership,” has dominated headlines for more than a week, and became an instant blockbuster, selling more than 600,000 copies in all formats during its first week on sale. Mr. Comey’s publisher, Flatiron Books, has ordered multiple reprints to meet demand, and now has ...

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Comey: Russians Might Have Dirt On Trump [VIDEO]

The Associated Press reports: Former FBI Director James Comey says he thinks it’s possible the Russians have compromising information on President Donald Trump, that there is “some evidence of obstruction of justice” in the president’s actions and that Trump is “morally unfit” for office. He also answered “possibly” when asked if the president was attempting to obstruct justice when he ...

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Mueller: Trump Not Currently A “Criminal Target”

The Washington Post reports: Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III informed President Trump’s attorneys last month that he is continuing to investigate the president but does not consider him a criminal target at this point, according to three people familiar with the discussions. In private negotiations in early March about a possible presidential interview, Mueller described Trump as a subject ...

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REPORT: Trump Lawyer John Dowd Pitched Possible Pardons For Flynn And Manafort As Mueller Built Cases

The New York Times reports: A lawyer for President Trump broached the idea of Mr. Trump pardoning two of his former top advisers, Michael T. Flynn and Paul Manafort, with their lawyers last year, according to three people with knowledge of the discussions. The discussions came as the special counsel was building cases against both men, and they raise questions ...

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Mueller Weighs Putting Off Trump Obstruction Decision

Bloomberg reports: Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into whether President Donald Trump obstructed justice is said to be close to completion, but he may set it aside while he finishes other key parts of his probe, such as possible collusion and the hacking of Democrats, according to current and former U.S. officials. That’s because Mueller may calculate that if he ...

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Eric Holder: Mueller Has Case For Obstruction

Politico reports: Former Attorney General Eric Holder said Wednesday he believed Robert Mueller legally could prosecute President Donald Trump on obstruction of justice charges — but that the special counsel would need to build a strong case. “Is there a technical case there now?” Holder said in response to questions from POLITICO after a Christian Science Monitor breakfast Wednesday. “I ...

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