The Special Counsel investigation was an investigation of Russian interference in the United States elections , alleged links between associates of Donald Trump and Russian officials and possible obstruction of justice by Trump, conducted by special prosecutor Robert Mueller from May to March It was also called the Russia investigation , the Mueller probe , and the Mueller investigation. The Report did not reach a conclusion about possible obstruction of justice, citing a Justice Department guideline that prohibits the federal indictment of a sitting president. Attorneys at that point meant that he would need to appoint someone else. Mueller was an appropriate choice in his view.
A look at every major step in the Russia investigation, chronologically.
The move is the latest in a series that the department, under Attorney General William P. The case against Mr. Flynn for lying to the F. Mueller III. It had become a political cause for Mr. Trump and his supporters, and the president had signaled that he was considering a pardon once Mr. Flynn was sentenced. But Mr.
The US justice department has reportedly opened a criminal inquiry into the origins of the investigation into Russian interference in the election, a move that would raise concerns that Donald Trump and his allies may be using the powers of the government to go after their opponents. The development, first reported by the New York Times , comes as Trump is already facing an impeachment inquiry examining whether he withheld military aid to pressure the president of Ukraine to launch an investigation of former vice-president Joe Biden and his son Hunter. Biden is considered a frontrunner in the Democratic presidential primary race ahead of the election. In a fresh blow to Trump on Friday, lawyers for former national security advisor John Bolton were reportedly in talks about testifying in the impeachment inquiry. Now that review has reportedly shifted to a criminal inquiry. It is unclear what potential crimes are being investigated, but the designation as a formal criminal investigation gives prosecutors the ability to issue subpoenas, potentially empanel a grand jury and compel witnesses to give testimony and bring federal criminal charges. But Mueller concluded that he did not have enough evidence to establish a criminal conspiracy with Russia. Barr appointed the Connecticut state attorney, John Durham, to lead the review of whether US intelligence and law enforcement agencies acted properly when they examined possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russia. Barr also traveled with Durham to Italy in August and September, and the two met with Italian intelligence officials to seek information about the activities of FBI agents assigned there, the Italian prime minister, Giuseppe Conte, said on Wednesday.
Former special counsel Robert Mueller's highly anticipated congressional testimony about his investigation into Russian interference in the election is happening Wednesday after nearly two years of silence. President Donald Trump repeatedly has called for the Justice Department to launch investigations into "corruption" at the FBI, "illegal surveillance" of his presidential campaign, and the "phony" and "corrupt dossier," which he still insists started the federal probe of contacts between Russia n operatives and his associates. The following is an extensive account of the federal counterintelligence probe, laid out in a detailed timeline. This timeline is based on publicly-released FBI documents, congressional records and testimony, court filings, and certain media reports confirmed to ABC News by sources with knowledge of the matter. It will be updated as new information becomes available. He has since said his communications were innocent and has denied relaying any sensitive or private information to the accused spy. Flynn, who does not join the Trump campaign as an adviser for another few months, is captured on camera sitting next to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Steele also mentions their mutual interest in a Russian oligarch they previously followed together and who may be visiting the United States soon. They continue to discuss the Russian oligarch's visit to the United States. Meanwhile, Steele has been working for the FBI as a confidential informant, and the FBI advises him of his obligations as an informant, including his responsibility to keep his relationship with the FBI secret.