👓 Senate Evidence Clarifies Mystery Calls Around Trump Tower Meeting | New York Times

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Phone records show that Donald Trump Jr. spoke to family friends — the head of Nascar and an investor with ties to Russia — around a 2016 meeting with Russians promising dirt on Hillary Clinton.

🎧 The Daily: Trump’s Pick for Attorney General | New York Times

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We look at whether the changing of the guard at the Justice Department could also alter its often-acrimonious relationship with the president.

👓 So, I Got an Email From Matthew Whitaker’s Wife | Slate

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Marci Whitaker, wife of the acting attorney general, says the Mueller investigation is “wrapping up.”

This is just bizarre. I wonder if she discussed this with her husband before sending? (Not that she needs to, but it just seems so odd that something like this could cause them more trouble than not.)

👓 F.B.I. Opened Inquiry Into Whether Trump Was Secretly Working on Behalf of Russia | New York Times

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The investigation, whose fate is unclear, led counterintelligence investigators to consider an explosive question: whether the president’s actions constituted a possible threat to national security.

👓 What if the Obstruction Was the Collusion? On the New York Times’s Latest Bombshell | Lawfare

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Between Friday’s New York Times story and other earlier material, we might be in a position to revisit the relationship between the “collusion” and obstruction components of the Mueller investigation.

🎧 “The Daily”: A Year in the Russia Investigation | New York Times

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We look at the major twists in the investigation over the past year and what to expect in 2019.

👓 Rod Rosenstein Expected to Leave Justice Dept. Once Attorney General Is Confirmed | The New York Times

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The deputy attorney general, Rod Rosenstein, has been a central figure in the Russia investigation by appointing the special counsel and overseeing the inquiry.

As long as he’s leaving of his own accord…

🎧 “The Daily”: Why Michael Cohen Lied to Congress | New York Times

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An admission by President Trump’s former lawyer about a proposed business deal in Russia sheds new light on where the special counsel investigation is headed.

How does this happen so late in the game?

🎧 “The Daily”: What’s Going On With Paul Manafort? | New York Times

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We look at several twists in the case of President Trump’s former campaign chairman that raise fresh questions for the special counsel investigation.

👓 Andrew C. McCarthy: Why Trump is likely to be indicted by Manhattan US Attorney | Fox News

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The major takeaway from the 40-page sentencing memorandum filed by federal prosecutors Friday for Michael Cohen, President Trump’s former personal attorney, is this: The president is very likely to be indicted on a charge of violating federal campaign finance laws.

👓 Trump's pardon power doesn't come up in Supreme Court argument that could affect Mueller probe | CNBC

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The case concerns the so-called "dual sovereignty" exception to the Constitution's Double Jeopardy clause.

🎧 ‘The Daily’: Why Believing Putin Will Be Hard This Time | New York Times

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President Trump and President Vladimir V. Putin are meeting just three days after the U.S. charged 12 Russians for hacking the Clinton campaign and the Democratic Party.

🎧 ‘The Daily’: Why Peter Strzok Wanted to Testify | New York Times

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We look at what happened when the embattled F.B.I. agent appeared before lawmakers to explain his controversial text messages.

🎧 ‘The Daily’: What Facebook Knew and Tried to Hide | New York Times

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The story of Facebook in the past few years has been that of a company slow to understand how powerful it has become. But an investigation by The New York Times finds that once Facebook’s leaders understood the problems they faced, they sought to conceal them.

👓 How Mueller Could Defend the Russia Investigation From Interference | The Atlantic

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The special counsel could find recourse in the courts if the new acting attorney general tries to chip away at his work.