Russia investigation

Russian trolls have new election-meddling strategy for 2020

Russian online trolls have shifted their strategy to disrupt the U.S. presidential election in 2020, according to a Bloomberg report. Instead of creating propaganda, trolls are signing up for social media accounts using fake personas, then using those accounts to amplify the divisive...

Sunday, March 10, 2019 - 4:30pm

FBI investigated whether President Trump was secretly working for Russia: Report

After President Trump fired FBI director James Comey in May 2017, the bureau opened a counterintelligence investigation into whether Trump was working on behalf of the Russian government and its President Vladimir Putin, the New York Times reported Friday night. FBI agents were "alarmed...

Friday, January 11, 2019 - 11:48pm

Trump will resign in 2019, former Bush adviser predicts

A former adviser to President George W. Bush says that President Trump will resign sometime in 2019, so he and his family can receive immunity from criminal prosecution. Alan J. Steinberg, a former EPA regional administrator, wrote in the Star-Ledger on Tuesday that Trump's chances of...

Thursday, January 3, 2019 - 11:47pm

Majority of Americans say a sitting president can be indicted: Poll

Most Americans believe that a president should be able to be charged with a crime while in office, according to a new Quinnipiac Poll released Wednesday. Overall, 71 percent of respondents said that sitting presidents should be subject to indictment; 21 percent said they shouldn't. Forty-nine...

Thursday, December 20, 2018 - 9:20pm

Big updates expected Friday in Mueller probe

Special counsel Robert Mueller is expected to file updates Friday on two major figures in the Russia investigation, which could provide new information on the direction of the probe. Friday is the deadline for Mueller to detail why he has asked a judge to cancel the plea deal the government struck...

Thursday, December 6, 2018 - 7:20pm

FCC head Ajit Pai admits Russians interfered in net neutrality process

Federal Communications Commission head Ajit Pai admitted that Russia interfered in the public comments process before the FCC's controversial vote to overturn net neutrality, Gizmodo reports. Pai made the admission in response to a lawsuit filed by the New York Times, which is investigating...

Thursday, December 6, 2018 - 7:06pm

President Trump says Manafort pardon 'not off the table'

President Trump said he still might pardon his former campaign manager Paul Manafort, who just had his plea deal revoked by special counsel Robert Mueller for lying to the federal government. In an interview with the New York Post, Trump said a presidential pardon for Manafort — who last...

Wednesday, November 28, 2018 - 6:35pm

Trump wanted to have Hillary Clinton, James Comey prosecuted: Report

Last spring, President Trump wanted to order the Justice Department to prosecute his political adversaries Hillary Clinton and former FBI director James Comey, a new report says. According to the New York Times, Trump voiced that desire to White House counsel Don McGahn, who quashed the idea,...

Tuesday, November 20, 2018 - 9:07pm

Who is Julian Assange? Everything you need to know about the WikiLeaks founder

Last week, in a court filing related to Robert Mueller's Russia investigation, federal prosecutors inadvertently revealed that they seem to have prepared an indictment for Julian Assange. You've likely heard his name in connection with WikiLeaks, but what is his role in it, and what...

Monday, November 19, 2018 - 12:51am

Trump admits he installed Acting AG to end Mueller probe

On Wednesday, President Trump basically admitted that he removed Attorney General Jeff Sessions and replaced him with acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker to end Robert Mueller's Russia investigation. In an interview with conservative website the Daily Caller, Trump was asked for his...

Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 4:59pm

New Mueller indictments in Russia investigation are imminent: Report

New indictments in Robert Mueller's Russia investigation are expected imminently, perhaps as soon as this afternoon, CBS News reported this morning. “I’ve spoken with many sources with knowledge of the Special Counsel investigation, and we do expect new indictments to be coming as...

Tuesday, November 13, 2018 - 3:13pm

Matthew Whitaker, acting attorney general: Everything you need to know

President Trump's appointment of Matthew Whitaker to serve as acting attorney general has drawn controversy on many fronts, from its premise (in the wake of Jeff Sessions' resignation/firing) and constitutionality to Whitaker's qualifications, his GOP partisanship and his statements...

Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 2:50pm

Mueller may have subpoenaed Trump in Russia probe, expert says

Special counsel Robert Mueller may have secretly subpoenaed President Trump to appear before a grand jury in the Russia investigation, a former White House attorney says, pointing to a mysterious sealed filing that has been winding its way through the courts. In Politico today, Nelson W....

Wednesday, October 31, 2018 - 8:12pm

Giuliani made secret trips to Russia, Ukraine, Armenia: report

Rudy Giuliani, President Trump's lawyer and longtime adviser, has made trips to Russia, Ukraine and Armenia that have increased in frequency since Trump's election and haven't been fully explained, a new report says. According to WNYC, the former New York City mayor has frequently...

Wednesday, October 31, 2018 - 4:19pm

Plot to fake sexual harassment claims against Robert Mueller reported

The FBI is investigating an apparent scheme to discredit special counsel Robert Mueller with false sexual harassment claims, a new report says. Two women say they were offered money to make the claims, according to a report in The Atlantic on Tuesday. Both say they were approached by a company...

Tuesday, October 30, 2018 - 9:40pm

Michael Cohen, former Trump lawyer, is now a registered Democrat

Michael Cohen, President Trump's former personal lawyer/fixer who is said to be cooperating with Robert Mueller's Russia investigation, has registered as a Democrat. Axios reports that Cohen switched his party affiliation from the GOP late last week, officially making the change at the New...

Monday, October 15, 2018 - 3:54pm

Suspicious Russian bank transfers made after Trump Tower meeting; FBI investigating

The FBI is investigating suspicious bank transfers made after Trump campaign officials met in Trump Tower with a Russian lawyer who promised dirt on Hillary Clinton. The transfers involved money from Russia and Switzerland being moved to places like the British Virgin Islands, Bangkok and New...

Wednesday, September 12, 2018 - 5:10pm

Who is Devin Nunes, and why is he in the news right now?

Devin Nunes, the Republican chair of the House Intelligence Committee, is back at the forefront of news about the Russia investigation. He had previously been accused of obstructing his own committee's investigation into the Russia matter in order to protect the president. This week, he made...

Friday, August 10, 2018 - 3:02pm

Rick Gates: What you need to know about the man testifying against PaulManafort

During the first week of the Paul Manafort trial, there were two stars: A $15,000 ostrich jacket (produced by prosecutors who claim Manafort deceived the government about his income) and witness Rick Gates, who cut an immunity deal in exchange for testimony against Manafort. Gates made a number of...

Wednesday, August 8, 2018 - 6:37pm

Rod Rosenstein: What you need to know about the official overseeing the Russia probe

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is never far from the headlines these days, largely because of President Trump's Twitter feed and his role overseeing the special counsel's Russia investigation. He'll likely take center stage again in the next few months, as Robert Mueller's...

Wednesday, August 1, 2018 - 3:42pm