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Mueller probing what Trump knew about hacked emails

Mueller probing TumpSpecial counsel Robert Mueller's team is asking witnesses pointed questions about whether Donald Trump was aware that Democratic emails had been stolen before that was publicly known, and whether he was involved in their strategic release, according to multiple people familiar with the probe.

Mueller's investigators have asked witnesses whether Trump was aware of plans for WikiLeaks to publish the emails. They have also asked about the relationship between GOP operative Roger Stone and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, and why Trump took policy positions favorable to Russia.


Roger Stone's Secret Messages with WikiLeaks

Roger Stone's messages to WikileaksOn March 17, 2017, WikiLeaks tweeted that it had never communicated with Roger Stone, a longtime confidante and informal adviser to President Donald Trump.

In his interview with the House Intelligence Committee last September, Stone, who testified under oath, told lawmakers that he had communicated with WikiLeaks via an “intermediary,” whom he identified only as a “journalist.” He declined to reveal that person’s identity to the committee, he told reporters later.


Sessions defends himself against Trump attacks, says he’ll continue to ‘discharge my duties with integrity and honor’

Jeff SessionsAttorney General stood up to President Trump in an extraordinary response to his boss after the president ripped him online for having an independent internal watchdog review alleged warrant abuse.

Sessions, who has been on the receiving end of multiple presidential online shots throughout his turbulent tenure, defended his own 'integrity and honor' in the face of Trump's attack.


Russia is said to have compromised election systems in 7 US states

Russians compromised 7 US States in 2016 electionU.S. intelligence had evidence that voter registration systems or websites in seven states — Alaska, Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, Texas and Wisconsin — were compromised by Russian-backed operatives before the 2016 election but never told the states, NBC News reported on Tuesday.

The Department of Homeland Security denied the report, a spokesman calling it "factually inaccurate and misleading" in a statement.

NBC, citing unnamed U.S. officials, said that top-secret intelligence requested by President Barack Obama in his last weeks in office synthesized months of work and made the conclusions.


Foreign officials from four countries tried to figure out ways to manipulate Jared Kushner, report says

Jared Kushber seen as 'manipulable' y UAE, Israel, China and Mexico

Officials in the United Arab Emirates, China, Israel and Mexico privately discussed how their nations could benefit from Kushner's international business dealings and lack of government experience, unnamed sources told the newspaper.

Before becoming a White House senior adviser, Kushner ran his family real-estate firm Kushner Companies, a job that saw him court foreign financing.


Trump launches new attack on Sessions: Disgraceful

Jeff SessionsPresident Trump on Wednesday launched a new attack on Attorney General Jeff Sessions, calling it "disgraceful" that he has asked an inspector general and not Justice Department lawyers to investigate potential surveillance abuses.

The president said the Justice Department’s inspector general is ill-equipped to probe allegations that the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) was improperly used to monitor members of his transition team.


Congress punctures Trump’s infrastructure and aviation plans, in one day

John Cornyn punctures Trump's infrastucter and aviation plans

President Donald Trump’s $1.5 trillion infrastructure plan may not pass Congress this year, a key GOP lawmaker said Tuesday — shortly before a Trump-backed proposal to split up the Federal Aviation Administration collapsed as well.

Though expected, the two developments delivered major legislative blows for an administration that rolled into office banking on big populist wins on transportation.


Ex-Trump top aide Manafort pleads not guilty, faces September trial

Manafort pleads guiltySpecial Counsel Robert Mueller, who is running the Russia probe, is dialing up the legal pressure on Manafort, who has opted not to cooperate with investigators.

Manafort’s former business partner Rick Gates, another Trump ex-campaign official, decided last week to cooperate with the investigation.

Manafort is facing two separate indictments on an array of charges, including conspiracy to launder money, filing false tax returns, bank fraud, and failing to register as a foreign agent despite lobbying in the United States for the pro-Kremlin Ukrainian government of former President Viktor Yanukovych.


Tyson Poultry to pay $2M fine for violating Clean Water Act

Tyson Poultry fined for violating Clean Water ActTyson Poultry Inc. will pay a $2 million fine after pleading guilty to violations of the federal Clean Water Act at its slaughter and processing facility in Monett, Mo., that led to a major fish kill event in 2014, the Justice Department announced Tuesday.

In the plea agreement, the Springdale, Ark.-based company will also pay $500,000 for damages, serve two years of probation and retain an independent third-party auditor to examine environmental compliance at its facilities across the country.


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