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Trump Eases Curbs on U.S. Cyberweapons as Election Threat Looms

September 21, 2018
Jennifer Jacobs, Alyza Sebenius | Bloomberg News
President Donald Trump issued an order making it easier for the U.S. to launch cyber attacks, highlighting the potential for a counter-attack if a foreign government is found to try to meddle in congressional elections in November.
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Mueller's team to question former RNC officials on Russia

December 28, 2017
Jonathan Swan | Axios
Members of Robert Mueller's team have begun reaching out to former Republican National Committee staff who were familiar with the digital operations of the Trump campaign, according to a source with knowledge of the outreach. The only outreach I can confirm happened recently.
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Congressional Russia investigators grill FBI deputy director

December 20, 2017
Manu Raju, Jeremy Herb | CNN
FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe was grilled by the House Intelligence Committee behind closed doors Tuesday amid Republican calls for his firing -- but he was defended by some key lawmakers. Rep. Mike Conaway, the Texas Republican leading the House Intelligence Committee's Russia investigation, said he still has confidence in McCabe as deputy director.
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Trump says he won’t fire Mueller, as campaign to discredit Russia probe heats up

December 18, 2017
Philip Rucker | The Washington Post
President Trump on Sunday sought to douse speculation that he may fire special counsel Robert S. Mueller III amid an intensifying campaign by Trump allies to attack the wide-ranging Russia investigation as improper and politically motivated.
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Inside Trump’s legal team: Trying to protect the president from Mueller’s ‘killers'

December 12, 2017
Philip Rucker, Josh Dawsey, Rosalind Helderman | The Washington Post
When the president frets that Mueller may be getting too close to him, they assure him he has done nothing wrong, urge him to resist attacking the special counsel and insist that the investigation is wrapping up — first, they said, by Thanksgiving, then by Christmas and now by early next year.
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Donald Trump Jr. to talk to House Intelligence Committee behind closed doors

November 29, 2017
Manu Raju | CNN
Trump Jr.'s highly anticipated testimony, scheduled for December 6, comes as he has faced growing questions on Capitol Hill about the June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower where he met with Russian operatives after being promised dirt on Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
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‘A long winter’: White House aides divided over scope, risks of Russia probe

November 20, 2017
Ashley Parker, Carol Leonnig | The Washington Post
Some in the West Wing avoid the mere mention of Russia or the investigation whenever possible. Others take solace in the reassurances of White House lawyer Ty Cobb that special counsel Robert S. Mueller III will be wrapping up the probe soon and the president and those close to him will be exonerated. And a few engage in grim gallows humor, privately joking about wiretaps.
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Grassley calls WikiLeaks exchanges with Donald Trump Jr. 'innocuous'

November 15, 2017
Manu Raju, Jeremy Herb | CNN
Asked about a public hearing for Trump Jr. — which Democrats on the panel are calling for in the wake of the disclosure of the WikiLeaks emails Monday — Grassley said it was a matter he still had to discuss with California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the committee.
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Ex-Trump security chief testifies he rejected 2013 Russian offer of women for Trump in Moscow

November 10, 2017
Manu Raju | CNN
President Donald Trump's long-time confidant Keith Schiller privately testified that he rejected a Russian offer to send five women to then private-citizen Trump's hotel room during their 2013 trip to Moscow for the Miss Universe pageant, according to multiple sources from both political parties with direct knowledge of the testimony.
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