Trump Says Declassification Will Show FBI Spying

Democrats and former national security officials said that President Trump’s directive to declassify documents from the probe of Russian interference in the 2016 election is a dangerous one, threatening to undermine an ongoing investigation of his own campaign and potentially revealing confidential law enforcement and intelligence sources.

Manafort Pleading Guilty, Avoiding Second Trial

Paul Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign chairman, is pleading guilty to federal crimes Friday, ending his long losing battle with special counsel Robert Mueller. The plea eliminated the need for his second trial scheduled to begin Monday on charges of money laundering and lobbying violations.

Manafort May Make Plea Deal in Second Case

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manfort was convicted of fraud last month and faces a second trial on a variety of charges. His willingness to engage in plea talks could rattle President Trump, who in the past has praised his former campaign chairman for his unwillingness to cooperate with the special counsel.

Accused Russian Agent Butina Loses Bid For Release

A federal judge imposed a gag order in the case of accused Russian agent Maria Butina after concluding her defense lawyer “overstepped” the line in a series of news media interviews. U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan ordered that Butina, 29, continue to be detained after affirming that the Russian woman presents a serious flight risk.

Papadopoulos Gets 14-Day Term For Lying to FBI

George Papadopoulos, a former Trump campaign adviser, was sentenced to 14 days in prison for lying to the FBI about his contacts with Russian intermediaries during the 2016 presidential race. He was the first Trump adviser to be sentenced in the investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller.

Trump Dares Mueller on Obstruction Issue

If President Trump agrees to an interview with the special counsel, questions about obstruction of justice are a “no-go,” says Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani. Trump’s lawyers are betting that Mueller won’t have the heart for the multi-month court fight that would result from trying to compel the president to be interviewed.