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Strzok fired two years after anti-Trump texts

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 8/13/18, 01:11 pm

The FBI fired agent Peter Strzok last week over text messages he sent during the 2016 presidential campaign criticizing then-candidate Donald Trump. Special counsel Robert Mueller removed Strzok a year ago from the team investigating Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, and the FBI had been reviewing his employment. Strzok’s lawyer, Aitan Goelman, said FBI Deputy Director David Bowdich fired Strzok on Friday.

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Key witness returns to stand in Manafort trial

by Kent Covington
Posted 8/07/18, 10:40 am

The government’s star witness in the financial fraud trial of former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort testified Monday that he and Manafort committed crimes together. Rick Gates told jurors he embezzled hundreds of thousands of dollars from Manafort by filing false expense reports. But he also said he concealed millions of dollars in foreign bank accounts on Manafort’s behalf. Gates already pleaded guilty to multiple crimes and is awaiting sentencing. The trial is the first resulting from special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S.

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Trump denies Russia meeting broke laws

by Harvest Prude
Posted 8/06/18, 01:21 pm

President Donald Trump admitted Sunday his son met with Russians in 2016 to get negative information on political opponents but claimed it was legal. Trump tweeted Sunday: “This was a meeting to get information on an opponent, totally legal … and it went nowhere. I did not know about it!” The Trump team has provided a series of conflicting explanations for the June 2016 meeting.

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