Latest Special Counsel investigation into Russia's interference in 2016 U.S. Elections News

FILE - In this Wednesday, July 24, 2019, file photo, former special counsel Robert Mueller testifies before the House Intelligence Committee hearing on his report on Russian election interference, on Capitol Hill, in Washington. Mueller sharply defended his investigation into ties between Russia and Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, writing in a newspaper opinion piece Saturday, July 11, 2020, that the probe was of “paramount importance” and asserting that a Trump ally, Roger Stone, “remains a convicted felon, and rightly so

Mueller defends Russia probe, says Stone remains a felon

Jul. 11, 2020 8:19 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former special counsel Robert Mueller sharply defended his investigation into ties between Russia and Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, writing in a newspaper opinion piece Saturday that the probe was of “paramount importance” and asserting that a Trump ally, Roger...

FILE - In this Nov. 7, 2019, file photo, Roger Stone arrives at federal court in Washington. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)

Trump commutes longtime friend Roger Stone's prison sentence

Jul. 11, 2020 1:37 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has commuted the sentence of his longtime political confidant Roger Stone, intervening in extraordinary fashion in a criminal case that was central to the Russia investigation and that concerned the president's own conduct. The move came Friday, just days before...

FILE - In this June 11, 2020, file photo President Donald Trump gestures as he steps off Air Force One at Dallas Love Field in Dallas with Senate candidate Tommy Tuberville. Trump has endorsed Tuberville in the race, turning decisively against his former attorney general with direct appeals for Alabama voters to reject Sessions's candidacy. “Do not trust Jeff Sessions,” Trump tweeted this spring. “He let our Country down.” (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

Sessions vies for Senate comeback in race shadowed by Trump

Jul. 11, 2020 10:23 AM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Seeking a political comeback, former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is trying to beat out ex-college football coach Tommy Tuberville in Tuesday’s Republican primary runoff and reclaim the Alabama Senate seat he held for decades. To do that, Sessions also has to go...

FILE - In this Nov. 7, 2019, file photo, Roger Stone arrives at federal court in Washington. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)

Trump commutes longtime friend Roger Stone's prison sentence

Jul. 10, 2020 11:16 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Friday commuted the sentence of his longtime political confidant Roger Stone, intervening in extraordinary fashion in a criminal case that was central to the Russia investigation and that concerned the president's own conduct. The move came just days before Stone...

ARCHIVO - En esta foto de archivo del 18 de diciembre de 2018, Michael Flynn, el primer asesor de seguridad nacional del presidente Donald Trump, arriba a la corte federal en Washington. (AP PFoto/Carolyn Kaster, File)

DC judge asks for full appeal review of Flynn dismissal

Jul. 9, 2020 5:02 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. District Court judge who oversaw the criminal case of President Donald Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn has requested a full appeals court review after a three-judge panel ordered him to dismiss it. U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan made the highly unusual...

FILE - In this March 8, 2018, file photo, Paul Manafort, left, President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, walks with this wife, Kathleen Manafort, as they arrive at the Alexandria Federal Courthouse in Alexandria, Va. In paperwork made public on Thursday, July 2, 2020, New York prosecutors seeking to revive state mortgage fraud charges against Manafort say their case is distinct from one that sent Trump's former campaign chairman to federal prison and shouldn't have been thrown out on double jeopardy grounds. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

NY prosecutors appeal Manafort's double jeopardy dismissal

Jul. 2, 2020 5:37 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York prosecutors seeking to revive state mortgage fraud charges against Paul Manafort say their case is distinct from one that sent President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman to federal prison and should not have been thrown out on double jeopardy grounds. In appeal...

FILE - In this Dec. 18, 2018, file photo, President Donald Trump's former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn arrives at federal court in Washington. A former federal judge appointed to review the Justice Department's motion to dismiss criminal charges against ex-national security Michael Flynn has found that the government's request should be denied because there is “clear evidence of a gross abuse of prosecutorial power.”  Former U.S. District Judge John Gleeson says in a filing Wednesday that the government “has engaged in highly irregular conduct to benefit a political ally of the President.” (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

Appeals court orders dismissal of Michael Flynn prosecution

Jun. 24, 2020 4:58 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A divided federal appeals court on Wednesday ordered the dismissal of the criminal case against President Donald Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn, turning back efforts by a judge to scrutinize the Justice Department's extraordinary decision to drop the prosecution....

Attorney General William Barr listens during a roundtable with President Donald Trump about America's seniors, in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Monday, June 15, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Barr to testify as Democrats examine DOJ politicization

Jun. 24, 2020 2:55 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General William Barr will testify before the House Judiciary Committee for the first time next month, the Justice Department said Wednesday, as two of his employees testified that he has politicized the department and allowed special treatment for Roger Stone, a friend of...

FILE - In this Nov. 12, 2019, file photo Roger Stone leaves federal court in Washington. A federal prosecutor is prepared to tell Congress on Wednesday, June 24, 2020, that Stone, a close ally of President Donald Trump, was given special treatment ahead of his sentencing because of his relationship with the president.  (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

Prosecutor: Trump ally Roger Stone was 'treated differently'

Jun. 23, 2020 8:36 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal prosecutor is prepared to tell Congress on Wednesday that Roger Stone, a close ally of President Donald Trump, was given special treatment ahead of his sentencing because of his relationship with the president. Aaron Zelinsky, a career Justice Department prosecutor who was part...

FILE - In this Dec. 18, 2018, file photo, President Donald Trump's former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn arrives at federal court in Washington. A former federal judge appointed to review the Justice Department's motion to dismiss criminal charges against ex-national security Michael Flynn has found that the government's request should be denied because there is “clear evidence of a gross abuse of prosecutorial power.”  Former U.S. District Judge John Gleeson says in a filing Wednesday that the government “has engaged in highly irregular conduct to benefit a political ally of the President.” (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

Court appears reluctant to order dismissal of Flynn case

Jun. 12, 2020 4:15 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court appears skeptical of arguments that it should order the dismissal of the criminal case against former Trump administration national security adviser Michael Flynn despite a Justice Department bid to abandon the prosecution. Two of the three judges on the panel...