Russia’s foreign ministry on Friday dismissed the findings of the long-awaited report by U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller and said it had failed to present any evidence of Russian meddling in U.S. elections, Russian news agencies reported. Mueller’s report, released on Thursday, details extensive contacts between Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign and Russian operatives who, it said, sought to tilt the election in Trump’s favor. The report did not find evidence of a criminal conspiracy between Donald Trump’s 2016 election campaign and Russia.
Special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation “did not establish that members of the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities” during the 2016 campaign, he wrote in his final report. Attorney General William Barr summarized the report’s findings in a letter to lawmakers Sunday. President Trump declared victory shortly after the summary was released, claiming it was a “complete and total exoneration.”
A federal judge on Wednesday nearly doubled the prison sentence of President Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, to seven and a half years, denouncing him as a man who “spent a significant portion of his career gaming the system.” The proceedings amounted to a wrenching defeat for Mr. Manafort, 69, who came to his sentencing in a wheelchair because of gout and pleading for probation so he could spend his final years with his wife.
Lobbyist and former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort learned on Thursday that he will serve almost four years in prison — far short of what had been expected and recommended — for financial fraud convictions obtained by special counsel Robert Mueller as he investigated Manafort’s alleged collusion with the Russian government in 2016. Manafort, 69, had been facing up to 25 years in prison, a sentence that could have essentially kept him in jail for the rest of his life.
The Democratic chairmen of three key House committees on Monday requested a trove of documents from the White House and State Department on President Donald Trump’s meetings and phone calls with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The Democrats wrote that they want to know how the communications have affected U.S. foreign policy and whether the president or his administration have tried to conceal records of talks between the two leaders, in violation of federal law.
Federal Judge Amy Berman Jackson on Thursday dramatically restricted Roger Stone’s ability to speak publicly about his case after he published an Instagram post with what appeared to be the crosshairs of a gun drawn behind her head. The development will in effect silence one of the most outspoken and politicized former advisers of President Donald Trump, as Stone fights against special counsel Robert Mueller in a case related to his interactions in 2016 with Russians and the Trump campaign.
A federal judge on Wednesday found that Paul Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign manager, “intentionally” lied to Special Counsel Robert Mueller in response to some, but not all, of their inquiries — a ruling that voids his plea deal and exposes Manafort, at a minimum, to a harsher sentence. Manafort has denied intentionally misleading Mueller’s team during the approximately 50 hours of interviews with investigators that he participated in following his plea deal, and said he is under stress and physically ill.
Roger Stone, a longtime aide and confidant of President Donald Trump, was arrested Friday by the FBI after being indicted for allegations he lied to and obstructed the House Intelligence Committee’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election. The Stone indictment marks Mueller’s biggest move yet against a Trump associate on grounds that the person allegedly worked with Russian operatives to sabotage Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign in 2016.
A US judge delayed the sentencing of President Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn on Tuesday. The judge criticized Flynn for lying to FBI during the Russian election probe telling him ‘you sold your country out.’ Flynn’s lawyers requested a delay in sentencing which the judge granted until March 13, 2019.
President Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen was sentenced to 36 months in prison in special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russian investigation. Cohen told the court he felt responsible to cover up Trump’s ‘dirty deeds.’ Cohen admitted he lied to Congress, committed campaign finance violations, and engaged in tax evasion. Cohen’s prison term begins in March.