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Sunday, September 23, 2018

How Mueller Can Make Sure We Learn What He Uncovers

Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.

 

Even as Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation has moved swiftly and decisively to rack up indictments, convictions, and guilty pleas, the specter of President Donald Trump’s ability to thwart the investigation had hung over the probe since the beginning. While it would certainly come at some political cost to the president, Trump has the ability to force Mueller out if he really wants, and many observers fear that would undermine the public’s right to get real answers about election interference in 2016.

However, as journalist Charlie Savage revealed in the New York Times Friday, there may be another way the public could learn what Mueller knows even if the president does his best to quash the investigation.…

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Manafort Agrees To ‘Fully And Truthfully’ Cooperate With Mueller

Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.

Judge Amy Berman Jackson said in court Friday that Paul Manfort, President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, will participate in further interviews, hand over any requested documents, and potentially testify in future cases with special counsel Robert Mueller, according to the Washington Post.

Manafort pleaded guilty Friday to two federal charges brought against him by Mueller as a part of the Russia investigation. The charges brought against him relate to tax evasion and his work as an agent for foreign governments — as well as witness tampering. The plea follows a trial last month which found Manafort guilty on eight counts of bank and tax fraud.…

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Feds Target ‘Suspicious’ Money Transfers After Trump Tower Meeting

Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.

BuzzFeed News is reporting that a June 9, 2016 meeting at Trump Tower in New York City was followed by a series of money transfers that bank officials considered “suspicious.”

According to BuzzFeed, four federal law enforcement officials are analyzing two series of transactions that bank examiners found to be suspicious. One occurred not long after that June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower, and the other occurred after President Donald Trump’s victory over Democrat Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election.

The first series of transactions, BuzzFeed is reporting, came on June 20, 2016—11 days after the June 9 meeting.…

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