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Last May, the appointment of Robert Mueller as Special Counsel to lead the Russia investigation was applauded by both Republicans and Democrats. Mueller is a Republican known for professionalism, lack of partisanship and integrity. He was seen as the...
The Russian lawyer at the center of the Trump Tower meeting in June 2016, has told the Senate Judiciary Committee that Donald Trump Jr. asked her for evidence of illegal donations to the Clinton Foundation, according to a NBC...
As Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation has heated up, the President's allies see evidence of a partisan witch hunt. Anti-Trump text messages sent by Peter Strzok, an FBI agent dismissed from Mueller's team; connections between some of the attorneys...
President Donald Trump may very well have not been involved in any collusion with Russia. To date, there’s no hard evidence that he was. Yet, at nearly every turn, he’s chosen the option that looks the most suspicious. President Trump's...
Russia's interference during the 2016 elections was not a fluke. Rather it reflects ongoing efforts which date back more than a century. The U.S. government's response - or lack thereof - to Russian disinformation campaigns reflects a remarkable lack...
When Robert Mueller was first named as Special Counsel, both Republicans and Democrats praised the choice. Mueller, a Republican, a Marine Corps combat veteran and former FBI Director is widely regarded as a straight-shooter whose principal concern would be...
John Dowd, an attorney for President Donald Trump told Axios’ Mike Allen Monday that the "President cannot obstruct justice because he is the chief law enforcement officer under and has every right to express his view of any...
Reprinted from "Russian Social Media Disruption Report" by Tim Boucher at timboucher.ca. If you’ve participated at all in comments online over the past year, the certainty is near 100% that you’ve seen other people called or have been called yourself,...
Updated 8/14/17 to include responses from Forensicator and additional information. The question of Russia's culpability in the 2016 hacking of the DNC is a settled matter in the view of the U.S. intelligence community and most cybersecurity experts. But, for...
Among the most persistent objections for the attribution to Russia of the 2016 hacking of the DNC is the DNC’s refused to grant access to their physical server to the FBI. President Donald Trump raised the issue as recently...
Recently, Special Counsel Robert Mueller made the first indictments in his probe of Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election. Three Trump campaign staffers are facing charges, not all of which are directly related to Russia’s meddling in the 2016...
NOTE: An earlier version of this story stated that a FISA warrant was received by the FBI. There is conflicting reporting on this point. The story has been updated to more accurately reflect this uncertainty. In a series of tweets Saturday...
The Nunes memo is a declassified memo alleging abuses of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) by the FBI to obtain a warrant authorizing surveillance against Carter Page, a former foreign policy advisor to President Donald Trump. The four-page memo was...
The Washington Post reported Monday that in a meeting last week with Russian ambassador Sergei Lavrov, President Donald Trump described details of intelligence the U.S. had obtained from a foreign partner about the potential use of laptop bombs by...
Former FBI Director James Comey's testimony before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Thursday was riveting, but in the long run, not as damning as the White House may have feared. In his first public remarks since being sacked...
Whether or not there was collusion with Russia, Carter Page probably was, and still is, a dead end. A former volunteer foreign policy advisor to Trump’s campaign, Page was by all appearances a relatively minor player operating well outside...
Originally published on Quora.com. Every modern President has met with Russian officials. Presidents Obama and Bush have both met with the very same Russian official Trump did, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov — and they met with others as well. The fact...
The investigation being led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller has reportedly turned to President Trump's business dealings with Russia according to a new Bloomberg News story. We've long taken the view at Roughly Explained that this is where the...
Follow Taylor Griffin on Twitter Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced late Friday that he was firing FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, a frequent target of attacks from President Donald Trump. Mr. Sessions said that he dismissed Mr. McCabe, a career FBI...
Listening to the partisan debate over President Donald Trump's White House and Russia, one of two things must be be true. Either, as Trump supporters contend, the media and U.S. intelligence community are engaged in a politically motivated effort to...
When one of President Donald Trump’s lawyers, John Dowd, told the Daily Beast that “I pray that Acting Attorney General Rosenstein will...bring an end to the alleged Russia Collusion investigation,” the backlash was swift and fierce. Asked about Mr....
In the putrid rhetorical trash heap that is the public debate over the Russia investigation, a sharp divide has arisen between defenders of the FBI and the Trump camp over the use of “spy” or “informant” to describe the...
By focusing its attention on potential connections between President Trump’s campaign and the Russian government, the media is missing a bigger story: Trump’s business ties to Russians. While there have been some articles that document the latter, those have...
Editor’s Note: This story has been updated to reflect ABC News’ correction of their reporting, cited in this article, that Flynn was prepared to testify that Trump ordered him to contact Russia during the campaign. It was in fact shortly...
Bloomberg National security columnist Eli Lake reported on Monday that former National Security Advisor to President Barack Obama Susan Rice requested that names of Trump associates mentioned in intercepted communications between foreigners, and in some cases communications between Russian...
News last week that the FBI used an informant to probe what two Trump staffers, George Papadopoulis and Carter Page, were up to in contacts with Russians prompted President Trump to protest that the FBI embedded a spy in...
A controversial memo penned by Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee alleging  Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) abuses at the Department of Justice (DoJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has created quite a stir and more than...
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein reportedly told President Donald Trump that he’s not the “target” of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe or the investigation into Trump Attorney Michael Cohen being overseen by the US Attorney for the Southern...
Roughly Explained Editor Taylor Griffin talks with Stacy Washington, host of Stacy on the Right, about where Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation is heading. https://youtu.be/TLaRkEmgzx8?t=22m34s
Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s indictment of 13 Russian individuals and three Russian entities Friday marked the first charges directly related to the Kremlin’s scheme to interfere in the U.S. political process. “The defendants allegedly conducted what they called information warfare...

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