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U.S. Senate judiciary panel head wants special counsel to look at origins of Trump probe

U.S. Senate judiciary panel head wants special counsel to look at origins of Trump probeA day after the attorney general said the report by Special Counsel Robert Mueller found that nobody from Trump's campaign conspired with Russia, Senator Lindsey Graham said "we will begin to unpack the other side of the story." He said it was time to look at the Clinton campaign and the origins of a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant for former Trump adviser Carter Page, which was based in part on information in a dossier compiled by Christopher Steele, a former British intelligence officer who co-founded a private intelligence firm. Republicans lawmakers have contended the FBI made serious missteps when it sought the warrant to monitor Page in October 2016 shortly after he left the Trump campaign. Republicans said the FBI failed to disclose that Steele was hired by a firm funded by Democrats to do opposition research on Trump's business dealings.

Mon, 25 Mar 2019 12:57:40 -0400
Duke University to pay $112.5 million over research misconduct

Duke University to pay $112.5 million over research misconduct(Reuters) - Duke University will pay the U.S. government $112.5 million to settle claims related to scientific research misconduct, the Department of Justice said on Monday.

Mon, 25 Mar 2019 12:40:02 -0400
Trump: U.S. Special Counsel Mueller acted honorably

Trump: U.S. Special Counsel Mueller acted honorablyWASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller acted honorably, President Donald Trump said on Monday, days after the fellow Republican wrapped up his Russia probe with no evidence of criminal collusion between Trump's campaign and Moscow.

Mon, 25 Mar 2019 12:29:21 -0400
Democrats push for release of full Mueller findings, Trump lawyer balks

Democrats push for release of full Mueller findings, Trump lawyer balksAttorney General William Barr, the top U.S. law enforcement official, released a four-page summary of the findings of a 22-month investigation that detailed Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election, but said the special counsel had concluded that Trump's 2016 campaign did not conspire with Moscow. The end of the Mueller inquiry and Barr's summary handed Trump a political victory ahead of his 2020 re-election effort, but did not end the investigative pressure on the president. Democrats gave no indication of easing up on their multiple congressional investigations into Trump's business and personal dealings.

Mon, 25 Mar 2019 12:29:21 -0400
Mueller said three weeks ago he wouldn't reach decision on obstruction: Justice official

Mueller said three weeks ago he wouldn't reach decision on obstruction: Justice officialBy Sarah N. Lynch WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Special Counsel Robert Mueller informed top U.S. Justice Department officials three weeks ago that he would not be reaching a conclusion on whether President Donald Trump had obstructed justice during the probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election, a U.S. Justice official said Monday. The decision by Mueller not to reach a determination was "unexpected," the person added, speaking anonymously in order to discuss private conversations involving U.S. Attorney General William Barr and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who received the news. ...

Mon, 25 Mar 2019 12:20:52 -0400
Ex-coaches charged in U.S. college admission scandal due in court

Ex-coaches charged in U.S. college admission scandal due in courtThe 12 people are expected to plead not guilty in Boston federal court to charges that they took part in a $25 million conspiracy in which wealthy parents paid for help cheating on admissions exams and to bribe coaches who secured spots for their children in elite universities as fake athletic prospects. The hearing came as Yale on Monday said it had rescinded the admission of an unnamed student linked to the scandal.

Mon, 25 Mar 2019 12:16:57 -0400
Explainer: Why an obstruction case against Trump was so difficult

Explainer: Why an obstruction case against Trump was so difficultBarr sent a four-page letter to congressional leaders summarizing a report by U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller handed in on Friday, which remains confidential. Mueller was appointed to investigate whether Trump's campaign conspired with Russia to influence the 2016 election and to probe whether the president later unlawfully sought to obstruct the probe. Mueller vindicated Trump on the core question of Russian collusion, writing in his report that "the investigation did not establish that members of the Trump campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities," according to Barr's letter.

Mon, 25 Mar 2019 12:14:28 -0400
Petrochemical disaster hampers efforts to clear Houston ship bottleneck

Petrochemical disaster hampers efforts to clear Houston ship bottleneckThe backlog of vessels waiting to move through the Houston Ship Channel grew on Monday while it remained closed to traffic for a third day as emergency workers attempted to clear a petrochemical spill from the Intercontinental Terminals Co (ITC) storage facility in Deer Park, Texas, the U.S. Coast Guard said. The seven-mile (11-km) section of the Houston Ship Channel from Light 116 to Tucker's Bayou remained closed, said Coast Guard Vessel Tracking Service Watch Supervisor Ashley Dumont. Fuels spilled after a 10-foot (3-meter) wide section of a containment barrier breached on Friday at Mitsui & Co Inc's ITC facility outside of Houston, sending fuel, water and fire suppressant foam to a waterway that connects Houston to the Gulf of Mexico.

Mon, 25 Mar 2019 12:10:05 -0400
White House says pardons for Trump associates not discussed

White House says pardons for Trump associates not discussedThere have been no conversations about President Donald Trump issuing pardons for any of his associates who have been charged or pleaded guilty as part of the U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation, the White House said on Monday. There has been "no discussion that I'm aware of" regarding pardons, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told reporters. Fellow White House spokesman Hogan Gidley also told MSNBC in an interview that the White House has not had any conversations about such pardons.

Mon, 25 Mar 2019 11:16:57 -0400
U.S. top court rebuffs mystery company in Mueller subpoena fight

U.S. top court rebuffs mystery company in Mueller subpoena fightThe U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear a bid by an unidentified company owned by a foreign government to contest a grand jury subpoena related to Special Counsel Robert Mueller's now-completed inquiry into Russia's role in the 2016 election, though the justices' action does not force the firm to comply. A federal judge imposed a $50,000-per-day fine against the company, which had asked the justices to hear its appeal of a December lower court ruling that upheld a judge's decision to hold it in contempt for refusing to fulfill the document request made in the subpoena. The company already could owe more than $3 million.

Mon, 25 Mar 2019 11:04:44 -0400
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