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Michael Cohen Acknowledges Payments to Boost Trump in Online Polls

January 17, 2019
Maggie Haberman | The New York Times
Michael D. Cohen, the former personal lawyer and fixer for President Trump, acknowledged on Thursday that he had paid the owner of a technology services company to help doctor results of an online poll to help Mr. Trump as he considered a run for president.
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Senators Push Trump's Attorney General Pick On Impartiality

January 16, 2019
Carrie Johnson, Ryan Lucas, Danielle Kurtzleben | NPR
President Trump's choice to lead the Justice Department, William Barr, took questions from lawmakers Tuesday, with the central one being whether Barr will work to impede the Russia investigation.
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Trump Confronts the Prospect of a ‘Nonstop Political War’ for Survival

January 14, 2019
Peter Baker | The New York Times
So it has come to this: The president of the United States was asked over the weekend whether he is a Russian agent. And he refused to directly answer.
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Trump denies ever working for Russia, blasts investigators

January 14, 2019
Jonathan Lemire, Darlene Superville | The Associated Press
President Donald Trump denied Monday he ever worked for Russia, answering a question he declined to directly address over the weekend. Speaking from the South Lawn before departing the White House for New Orleans, Trump called former FBI and Justice Department officials “known scoundrels” and “dirty cops.” He was reacting to a New York Times report that law enforcement officials began investigating, in 2017, whether Trump had been working on behalf of Russia against U.S. interests. “I never worked for Russia,” he told reporters. Trump didn’t directly answer the question in a Saturday Fox News interview.
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F.B.I. Opened Inquiry Into Whether Trump Was Secretly Working on Behalf of Russia

January 12, 2019
Michael Schmidt, Adam Goldman, Nicholas Fandos | The New York Times
In the days after President Trump fired James B. Comey as F.B.I. director, law enforcement officials became so concerned by the president’s behavior that they began investigating whether he had been working on behalf of Russia against American interests, according to former law enforcement officials and others familiar with the investigation.
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Mueller probe moves forward as government remains shut down

January 11, 2019
The Russia probe continues.
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Michael Cohen, Trump’s Former Lawyer, Agrees to Testify to Congress

January 11, 2019
Maggie Haberman, Nicholas Fandos | The New York Times
Michael D. Cohen, President Trump’s former personal lawyer who implicated him in a scheme to pay hush money to two women claiming to have had affairs with him, said on Thursday that he had agreed to testify before a House committee next month and give “a full and credible account” of his work for Mr. Trump.
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Russian lawyer at Trump Tower meeting charged in separate case

January 8, 2019
Devlin Barrett, Matt Zapotsky | The Washington Post
A Russian lawyer whose role at a 2016 meeting at Trump Tower has come under scrutiny from special counsel Robert S. Mueller III was charged Tuesday in a separate case with obstructing justice in a money-laundering investigation.
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