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Senate Judiciary Committee member Angus King says Mueller's Michael Flynn recommendation is the 'most troubling' for Trump

  • Sen. Angus King said new court filings on President Donald Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn were "the most troubling" recent development in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Russian involvement with Trump's 2016 campaign and election.
  • Speaking on Sunday's "Meet the Press," King said prosecutors' recommendation of no prison time for Flynn, who provided early and extensive cooperation, means he provided enough significant information to spell trouble for Trump.
  • The sentencing memo for Flynn claims he lied in a 2016 FBI interview about what he said to the Russian ambassador regarding sanctions.
  • Trump fired Flynn, who was on the job for just 25 days, in February 2016, citing an "evolving and eroding level of trust" after the former national security adviser lied to Vice President Mike Pence about his interactions with Kislyak.
  • Flynn is due to be sentenced December 18, 2018.

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James Comey says the Russia investigation initially focused on 4 Americans

  • WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI's counterintelligence investigation into potential ties between the Trump campaign and Russia initially focused on four Americans and whether they were connected to Russian efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election, former FBI Director James Comey told lawmakers during hours of closed-door questioning.
  • The committee released a transcript of the interview on Saturday, just 24 hours after privately grilling the fired FBI chief about investigative decisions related to Hillary Clinton's email server and Trump's campaign and potential ties to Russia.
  • The Republican-led committee interviewed Comey as part of its investigation into FBI actions in 2016, a year when the bureau — in the heat of the presidential campaign — recommended against charges for Clinton and opened an investigation into Russian interference in the election.

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Opinion: Mueller is putting the puzzle pieces together on Trump

  • He has indicted over 30 people, including teams of Russian social media manipulators and intelligence agency hackers, and he has convicted Trump's former campaign chair (Manafort), national security adviser (Michael Flynn), personal attorney (Michael Cohen) and other campaign advisers (Rick Gates and George Papadopoulos) of federal crimes.
  • The evidence also builds that Trump has attempted to obstruct justice by impeding the investigation of Russian election interference: the firing of FBI Director James Comey; the browbeating of Attorney General Jeff Sessions for recusing from the Russia investigation; the replacement of Sessions with Matthew Whitaker, who had repeatedly and publicly attacked Mueller's investigation; and Trump's inflammatory statements attacking cooperating witnesses and praising those who refuse to testify.
  • Given that, it's no wonder Russia tried to help Trump win the election, as Mueller has alleged in the indictment of Russian intelligence agency hackers.

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Trump said to express irritation over stock drop after China deal

  • Washington (CNN) - President Donald Trump has expressed anxiety about a dismal streak for the stock market over the past several days, telling advisers he is surprised a tentative deal he struck with Chinese President Xi Jinping hasn't gone over well with Wall Street, according to a person who has spoken with him.
  • Markets fell 600 points on Friday amid growing investor anxiety over conflicting signals from top White House advisers about whether Trump still plans to hike tariffs further if negotiations with China go south.
  • Asked whether the administration would walk away if issues with China are not resolved within 90 days, Navarro suggested Trump would "simply raise" existing tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods.
  • The White House says the deal with Xi will see China buy large amounts of US agricultural produce to close the trade deficit and includes an agreement by Beijing to curtail the flow of fentanyl, a powerful opioid, into the US.

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Dow falls 400 points on trade policy confusion

  • New York (CNN Business) - Wall Street does not like the mixed messages coming out of the White House on trade.
  • Stocks had been trading higher earlier Friday, but the market turned sharply lower following conflicting messages coming out of the Trump administration about trade.
  • While White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow sounded an optimistic note about China talks on CNBC, trade adviser Peter Navarro was simultaneously warning on CNN of higher tariffs if issues aren't resolved during the 90-day negotiating period.
  • Asked whether the administration would walk away if issues with China are not resolved within 90 days, Navarro suggested Trump would "simply raise" existing tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods.
  • Yet on Thursday evening, Trump said on Twitter that he agrees with a recent encouraging statement from China expressing confidence of a trade agreement within 90 days.

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Mueller's next big reveal

  • And he must also deliver documents to a court in New York recommending whether Trump's former personal lawyer Michael Cohen should go to jail and for how long, after Cohen turned against his former top client and agreed to cooperate with the special counsel.
  • Yet as with this week's feverishly anticipated sentencing memo about Trump's ex-national security adviser Michael Flynn, the filings could bring a measure of disappointment to special counsel watchers if large quantities of evidence are redacted to protect ongoing investigations.
  • If that were not enough, Trump's longtime informal political adviser Roger Stone -- who is being investigated for alleged cooperation with WikiLeaks, which posted emails hacked from the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee by Russian agents -- said he would not turn against the President.

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Trump fires off late-night tweetstorm on the eve of a landmark moment in the Russia investigation

  • President Donald Trump fired off a series of tweets on topics that ranged from the Russia investigation and border security on Thursday evening, the night before the special counsel Robert Mueller is expected to submit several important filings related to the Russia probe.
  • Trump's rapid-fire tweets come the night before Mueller's deadline to submit documents outlining former campaign chairman Paul Manafort's "crimes and lies," which includes the alleged violations he made from his plea deal with the special counsel.
  • The special counsel is also expected to submit its sentencing recommendation for former Trump attorney Michael Cohen, who pleaded guilty to financial crimes and lying to Congress.
  • Mueller's recommendation follows a similar one filed for former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who was found to have lied to federal investigators about his contacts with Russian officials.

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The Trump administration, including Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, is meeting with top tech execs

  • The Trump administration, which has had strained relations with technology companies, is meeting Thursday with top tech executives to discuss innovation and the future of jobs.
  • Chief executive officers expected to participate include Microsoft's Satya Nadella, Alphabet's Sundar Pichai, Qualcomm's Steven Mollenkopf and Oracle's Safra Catz, the White House said.
  • "We would like their bold ideas to ensure American dominance" on AI, 5G, quantum computing and advanced manufacturing, a senior White House official said.
  • In May, the Trump administration said it would not stand in the way of artificial intelligence (AI) development, while acknowledging the burgeoning technology will lead to job losses.
  • Trump has had several run-ins with technology companies since he took office, including his accusations, without evidence, of bias by Google and Facebook, and Twitter "trying to silence" people.

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Mueller sent a clear message — and a warning — with Flynn's sentencing memo

  • Late Tuesday, prosecutors filed a highly anticipated sentencing memorandum in the case of former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who pleaded guilty last year to lying to the FBI.
  • His first meeting with Mueller came in early August, before he pleaded guilty to separate charges in a Manhattan US attorney's office investigation into his and Trump's financial dealings before the 2016 election.
  • Jeffrey Cramer, a longtime former federal prosecutor who spent 12 years at the Justice Department, said the fact that Cohen and Flynn both pleaded guilty to lying to investigators and have cooperated extensively is a key indication that Mueller is gaining traction.
  • The Cohen and Flynn memos stand in stark contrast to what prosecutors said about Manafort, whom they accused last month of breaching his plea deal by lying to investigators after pleading guilty and allegedly committing more crimes.

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