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DOJ to announce end of Mueller investigation as early as next week: CNN

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Attorney General Bill Barr is reportedly preparing to receive special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian collusion as early as next week, CNN reported Wednesday.

People familiar with the Justice Department’s preparations told CNN that the new attorney general plans to submit the confidential report to Congress “soon after” it’s released.

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“The precise timing of the announcement is subject to change,” the report noted.

As CNN noted, special counsel regulations require Mueller to submit to the AG a confidential report on his findings once his investigation is finished. No such requirements exist for him to submit it to Congress or the public, however.


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Right-wing media lashes out at Lindsey Graham for resisting calls to investigate Trump probes

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Right-wing media figures are turning up the pressure on Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) to push back against the various investigations that have consumed President Donald Trump.

Rush Limbaugh, Lou Dobbs, Tucker Carlson and other conservative commentators want Graham to use his power as chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee to investigate the origins of the Russia probe and the impeachment inquiry, reported CNN.

Graham had promised back in May to investigate how the FBI came to investigate Trump's campaign ties to Russia, but his committee hasn't held any hearings on that.

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Republicans are pushing a debunked conspiracy theory to exonerate Paul Manafort

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Republicans who are desperately pushing back against the impeachment of President Donald Trump have embraced a debunked conspiracy theory whose aim is to exonerate convicted criminal and former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.

The Daily Beast reports that Trump-loving Republicans have recently embraced a conspiracy theory claiming that the so-called Ukrainian "black ledger" that showed Manafort on the receiving end of corrupt payments was nothing more than a forgery.

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REVEALED: Ukrainian president felt pressured by Trump — and American diplomats knew it

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A new report from the Associated Press claims that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky privately admitted feeling pressured by the Trump administration to intervene in the 2020 election -- and American diplomats were aware of his concerns.

According to the AP's sources, American officials earlier this year were briefed on a meeting that Zelensky held in which he expressed concern that President Donald Trump's associates were trying to drag him into American politics with their demands that he launch an investigation of Burisma, the former employer of former Vice President Joe Biden's son, Hunter.

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