Trump campaign and Russia
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June 26, 2019

US Special Counsel Robert Mueller has agreed to testify on July 17 on his report into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, the House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees say.

"Robert Mueller has agreed to testify before Congress pursuant to subpoena," intelligence committee chairman Adam Schiff announces on Twitter.



"Russia attacked our democracy to help Trump win. Trump welcomed and used that help. As Mueller said, that should concern every American. And now, every American will get to hear directly from Mueller." — AFP

May 25, 2019

President Donald Trump is defending his unprecedented decision to give his Justice Department chief unfettered access to the country's deepest foreign intelligence secrets amid an outcry from the spy community and a veiled warning from the US intelligence czar.

The president says Attorney General Bill Barr needed unilateral power to declassify any top secret material to get to the roots of the 2016-2018 investigation into whether his election campaign colluded with Russia. — AFP

May 24, 2019

US President Donald Trump has ordered the intelligence community to "fully cooperate" with an investigation into what he has termed "spying" on his 2016 election campaign.

The move comes with Trump under increasing pressure from probes led by Democratic lawmakers in Congress, some of whom are pushing for his impeachment.

According to Trump, court-approved surveillance of his campaign's links to Russians amounted to "spying." He has even called the probe treason and indicated he would like to see criminal charges brought against his investigators. — AFP

April 19, 2019

Senior Democrats say that Special Counsel Robert Mueller's long-awaited report revealed a two-year campaign of obstruction by President Donald Trump, and vow to hold him accountable. 

"Even in its incomplete form, the Mueller report outlines disturbing evidence that President Trump engaged in obstruction of justice and other misconduct," says Representative Jerrold Nadler, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee.

"The responsibility now falls to Congress to hold the president accountable for his actions," he says in a statement.

Attorney General Bill Barr has released the redacted 400-page report after already announcing that it showed no proof that Trump colluded with Russian intelligence to tilt the 2016 presidential election. — AFP

April 19, 2019

Russia did not manage to affect the outcome of the 2016 US election, President Donald Trump has insisted after an official investigation detailed how Moscow interfered in the contest.

Writing on Twitter, Trump stopped short of acknowledging Russia meddled in the election which saw him beat his Democrat opponent Hillary Clinton but said that blame for any interference lay with his predecessor Barack Obama. 

"Anything the Russians did concerning the 2016 Election was done while Obama was President," says Trump in reaction to the publication of a long-awaited report by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

"He was told about it and did nothing! Most importantly, the vote was not affected." — AFP

March 23, 2019

Special counsel Robert Mueller has submitted his long-awaited report into an explosive two-year investigation of Russian meddling in Donald Trump's 2016 election -- a probe the president denounces as a "witch hunt" and opponents say could fuel impeachment.

What the report says is confidential, but Attorney General Bill Barr wrote in a letter to Congress that he might be able to summarize its "principal conclusions" for Congress as early as this weekend. — AFP

September 4, 2018

Just two months before the midterm elections, bipartisan legislation to try to prevent foreign hacking into U.S. election systems is stalled in Congress as the White House and some Republicans worry it could exert too much federal control over the states.

Supporters of the bill say the delay could embolden Russia, which targeted election infrastructure in at least 21 states in 2016. — AP

July 14, 2018

A grand jury indictment alleges that the Russian government was behind a sweeping conspiracy to interfere in the 2016 U.S. election.

It's the first time Moscow has been directly implicated in meddling in the presidential election.

The grand jury indicted 12 Russian military intelligence officers on charges they hacked into Hillary Clinton's campaign and the Democratic Party, releasing tens of thousands of stolen and politically damaging communications.

The indictment comes days before President Donald Trump is scheduled to sit down with Russian President Vladimir Putin. — AP

The Justice Department says it has given House Republicans new classified information related to the Russia investigation after lawmakers had threatened to hold officials in contempt of Congress or even impeach them.

A spokeswoman for House Speaker Paul Ryan says Saturday that the department has partially complied with subpoenas from the House Intelligence and Judiciary committees after officials turned over more than a thousand new documents this week.

House Republicans had given the Justice Department and FBI a Friday deadline for all documents, most of which are related to the origins of the FBI's Russia investigation and the handling of its probe into Democrat Hillary Clinton's emails. — AP

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