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Timeline: Big moments in Mueller investigation of Russian meddling in 2016 U.S. election
Sat, 23 Mar 2019 09:54:04 -0400

Timeline: Big moments in Mueller investigation of Russian meddling in 2016 U.S. electionHere is a timeline of significant developments in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russia's role in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and whether President Donald Trump's campaign conspired with Moscow. 2017 May 17 - U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appoints former FBI Director Mueller as a special counsel to investigate Russian meddling in the 2016 election and to look into any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and people associated with Republican Trump's campaign.


Explainer: How much of the Mueller report must U.S. attorney general disclose?
Sat, 23 Mar 2019 09:54:04 -0400

Explainer: How much of the Mueller report must U.S. attorney general disclose?Justice Department regulations governing special counsels adopted in 1999 give Barr, the top U.S. law enforcement official, broad discretion in deciding how much to release to Congress and the public. Mueller was named special counsel in May 2017 by the department's No. 2 official, Rod Rosenstein, to take over an investigation that had been headed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. WHAT DO JUSTICE DEPARTMENT REGULATIONS CALL FOR?


Explainer: Why Trump's legal woes go beyond the Mueller report
Sat, 23 Mar 2019 09:54:04 -0400

Explainer: Why Trump's legal woes go beyond the Mueller reportOther ongoing investigations and litigation are focusing on issues including his businesses and financial dealings, personal conduct, charitable foundation and inaugural committee. The special counsel on Friday submitted his confidential report on the investigation to U.S. Attorney General William Barr, who must decide on how much of it to make public. The U.S. Justice Department has a decades-old policy that a sitting president cannot face criminal charges, so such a case against Trump would be unlikely while he is in office even if there were evidence of wrongdoing.


Trump-Russia report main findings awaited, U.S. lawmakers seek quick public release
Sat, 23 Mar 2019 09:54:04 -0400

Trump-Russia report main findings awaited, U.S. lawmakers seek quick public releaseAttorney General William Barr, who received the report from the former FBI director on Friday, told U.S. lawmakers he may be able to inform them of Mueller's "principal conclusions as soon as this weekend." Under Justice Department regulations, Barr is empowered to decide how much to disclose publicly. The big question is whether the report contains allegations of wrongdoing by Trump or exonerates him. Mueller investigated whether Trump's campaign conspired with Moscow to try to influence the election and whether the Republican president later unlawfully tried to obstruct his investigation.


Factbox: Who did not face charges in Mueller's probe?
Sat, 23 Mar 2019 09:39:35 -0400

Factbox: Who did not face charges in Mueller's probe?U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller on Friday appeared to end his probe without bringing criminal charges against several individuals he had investigated, including advisers and family members of President Donald Trump accused by Democratic lawmakers of not fully disclosing contacts with Russians. Mueller handed in a confidential report on his investigation into Russia’s role in the 2016 presidential election to U.S. Attorney General William Barr, who will decide how much of it to make public. Trump has repeatedly called Mueller’s investigation a "witch hunt" and denies any collusion with Russia.


Factbox: Smoke or fire? Contacts between Trump campaign and Russia
Sat, 23 Mar 2019 09:39:35 -0400

Factbox: Smoke or fire? Contacts between Trump campaign and RussiaTrump and Moscow have denied any collusion. Mueller handed in the keenly awaited report on his probe, the Justice Department said on Friday. U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded Russia interfered in the presidential election with a campaign of hacking and propaganda to sow discord in the United States and damage the Republican Trump's Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton.


Letter from U.S. attorney general to lawmakers on Mueller report
Sat, 23 Mar 2019 09:39:35 -0400

Letter from U.S. attorney general to lawmakers on Mueller reportThe following is the text of the letter United States Attorney General William Barr sent to the heads of the Senate and House of Representatives Judiciary committees after Special Counsel Robert Mueller handed in a report on his investigation into Russia's role in the 2016 presidential election: Dear Chairman Graham, Chairman Nadler, Ranking Member Feinstein, and Ranking Member Collins: I write to notify you pursuant to 28 C.F.R. 600.9(a)(3) that Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III has concluded his investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election and related matters. In addition to this notification, the Special Counsel regulations require that I provide you with "a description and explanation of instances (if any) in which the Attorney General" or acting Attorney General "concluded that a proposed action by a Special Counsel was so inappropriate or unwarranted under established Departmental practices that it should not be pursued." 28 C.F.R. 600.9(a)(3).


Factbox: Guilty pleas, indictments abound in Trump-Russia probe
Sat, 23 Mar 2019 09:39:35 -0400

Factbox: Guilty pleas, indictments abound in Trump-Russia probeSpecial Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russia's role in the 2016 U.S. election has ensnared dozens of people, including several advisers to President Donald Trump and a series of Russian nationals and companies. Rod Rosenstein, the No. 2 U.S. Justice Department official, in May 2017 appointed Mueller to look into Russian interference, whether members of Trump's campaign coordinated with Moscow officials and whether the Republican president has unlawfully sought to obstruct the probe. Mueller has charged 34 people and three companies.


Factbox: A scorecard of key players in U.S. special counsel Russia probe
Sat, 23 Mar 2019 09:39:35 -0400

Factbox: A scorecard of key players in U.S. special counsel Russia probeU.S. intelligence agencies have concluded Russia interfered in the presidential election with a campaign of hacking and propaganda to sow discord in the United States and damage the Republican Trump's Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton. Russia denies it. Trump has denied collusion and obstruction of justice.


Under heavy fire from Trump, Mueller soldiered on in Russia probe
Sat, 23 Mar 2019 09:39:34 -0400

Under heavy fire from Trump, Mueller soldiered on in Russia probeIn this rare public appearance in May 2017, Mueller did not bring up President Donald Trump or the investigation, but offered a clear message stressing the importance of honesty and integrity. "You could be smart, aggressive, articulate, indeed persuasive, but if you are not honest, your reputation will suffer," Mueller said. The saying goes: If you have integrity, nothing else matters, and if you do not have integrity, nothing else matters." On Friday, Mueller handed in the long-awaited report on his investigation.


Immigrant portraits in New York art show face down Trump
Sat, 23 Mar 2019 09:20:06 -0400

Immigrant portraits in New York art show face down TrumpImmigrant faces captured in life-sized portraits by artist Betsy Ashton look the viewer straight in the eye, as if eager to tell their stories of leaving home to brave new struggles in a strange land. Ashton said she created the oil paintings to counter what she calls a false political narrative spun by the Trump administration. "I simply decided it was time to balance the story, time to try to counter this inflammatory rage that's being whipped up against a group of people that don't deserve it," Ashton said.


Missouri River flooding forces evacuation of 7,500 from waterfront city
Fri, 22 Mar 2019 23:14:56 -0400

Missouri River flooding forces evacuation of 7,500 from waterfront cityRecord floodwaters that submerged vast stretches of Nebraska and Iowa farmland along America's longest river reached a new crest on Friday at the waterfront city of St. Joseph, Missouri, forcing chaotic evacuations of thousands from low-lying areas. With emergency sirens blaring as the Missouri River rose to the top of the three-story-high levee wall in St. Joseph, about 55 miles (88 km) north of Kansas City, Missouri, sheriff's deputies rushed door-to-door urging residents to flee to higher ground. About 1,500 residents and 6,000 employees of neighboring businesses were ushered out of the southern end of town, a city official said.


Jury clears Pennsylvania police officer of murder in Antwon Rose shooting
Fri, 22 Mar 2019 23:13:11 -0400

Jury clears Pennsylvania police officer of murder in Antwon Rose shootingA Pittsburgh jury on Friday unanimously found that a white police officer did not commit murder when he fatally shot black teenager Antwon Rose, an incident that sparked protests and fueled a debate about racial bias in the U.S. criminal justice system. East Pittsburgh Police Officer Michael Rosfeld, 30, shot Rose, 17, as he fled from a car along with an 18-year-old associate who has since pleaded guilty to carrying out a drive-by shooting from the vehicle. "This case had nothing to do with race," Patrick Thomassey, Rosfeld's lawyer, told reporters outside the courtroom.


High times in Beverly Hills, with pot delivery and a Gucci ashtray
Fri, 22 Mar 2019 22:23:35 -0400

High times in Beverly Hills, with pot delivery and a Gucci ashtrayHigh-end department store Barneys New York has given the marijuana lifestyle the luxury treatment, launching a range of pot-themed products this week in the latest sign a drug once associated with bohemians and deadbeats is moving up the social ladder. Customers at the upscale retailer's Beverly Hills store on Friday perused a new section with hand-blown glass bongs, Gucci ashtrays, jewelry inscribed with the words "Lighten Up" and cosmetics labeled as containing cannabidiol, a non-high inducing part of the cannabis plant. Marijuana remains banned by federal law, although California is one of 10 U.S. states that has legalized the drug for recreational use.


Mueller submits Trump-Russia report, lawmakers urge quick release
Fri, 22 Mar 2019 21:04:49 -0400

Mueller submits Trump-Russia report, lawmakers urge quick releaseMarking the end of his nearly two-year investigation that ensnared former Trump aides and Russian intelligence officers and cast a cloud over the Republican businessman's presidency, Mueller submitted the report to Attorney General William Barr, the Justice Department said. Mueller did not recommend any further indictments, a senior Justice Department official said, in a sign that there might be no more criminal charges against Trump associates arising from the investigation.


U.S. agency error exposes 2.3 million disaster survivors to fraud: watchdog
Fri, 22 Mar 2019 20:52:18 -0400

U.S. agency error exposes 2.3 million disaster survivors to fraud: watchdogThe U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) exposed 2.3 million disaster survivors to possible identity theft and fraud by improperly sharing sensitive personal information with an outside company, according to an internal government watchdog. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Office of Inspector General (OIG) said FEMA had shared financial records and other sensitive information of people who had participated in an emergency shelter program after being displaced by hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria and the California wildfires in 2017. The Inspector General's office said FEMA had shared participants' home addresses and bank account information with the contractor, along with necessary information like their names and birthdates.


Texas petrochemical fire prompts hundreds to visit health clinic
Fri, 22 Mar 2019 20:25:57 -0400

Texas petrochemical fire prompts hundreds to visit health clinicHundreds of neighborhood residents of a petrochemical plant that burned for three days and briefly emitted cancer-causing benzene into the air brought their coughs, headaches and other symptoms to a mobile clinic on Friday set up by local health officials. While some of the symptoms people complained of are consistent with exposure to chemicals, health officials said they treated a wide variety of ailments, including the anxiety that comes with living near an industrial accident. "The community is literally right next door to the plant," said Les Becker, director of operations for Harris County Public Health, at the clinic which was set up near the site of the blaze.


Houston petrochemical fire put out after it re-ignites, had added to shipping woes
Fri, 22 Mar 2019 20:25:57 -0400

Houston petrochemical fire put out after it re-ignites, had added to shipping woesA petrochemical fire was quickly put out after it had re-ignited Friday at a fuel storage facility outside Houston, which had compounded the danger from a containment wall breach earlier in the day that spilled chemicals and halted ship traffic in the nation's busiest oil port. The fire in multiple giant tanks of fuel at Mitsui & Co.'s Intercontinental Terminals facility in Deer Park, Texas, was put out by emergency workers at the scene about an hour after it began. Hundreds of people showed up Friday to be checked at a medical clinic in Deer Park after air monitors a day earlier showed a spike in benzene, a cancer-causing chemical contained in the tanks of gasoline.


Mueller submits Trump-Russia report, clamor grows for its quick release
Fri, 22 Mar 2019 19:34:50 -0400

Mueller submits Trump-Russia report, clamor grows for its quick releaseMarking the end of his nearly two-year investigation that ensnared former Trump aides and Russian intelligence officers and cast a cloud over the Republican businessman's presidency, Mueller submitted the report to Attorney General William Barr, the Justice Department said. It was not known if Mueller found criminal conduct by Trump or his campaign, beyond the charges already leveled against several aides. In all, Mueller brought charges against 34 people and three companies.


Main Mueller report findings to be made public when Congress receives them: official
Fri, 22 Mar 2019 19:34:50 -0400

Main Mueller report findings to be made public when Congress receives them: officialWASHINGTON (Reuters) - The main conclusions of the report written by U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller will be made public when they are delivered to Congress, a senior Justice Department official told reporters. The Justice Department will deliver a summary of the report's findings to lawmakers as soon as this weekend, the official said. (Reporting by Sarah N. Lynch; Writing by Makini Brice)



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