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Trump Lawyer Michael Cohen Hints He May Cooperate With Federal Prosecutors

NPR Enlarge this image Michael Cohen, a longtime personal lawyer and confidante for President Donald Trump, leaves the United States District Court Southern District of New York on May 30, 2018 in New York City. Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images Michael Cohen, the personal lawyer and longtime fixer for the president who once said he would “do anything” to protect Donald Trump now says his “first loyalty” rests with his family. In an interview with ABC News, Cohen acknowledged that he soon could face criminal charges in an ongoing FBI probe of his finances...

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Rosenstein Rejects Pressure From Hill, Vows Justice Dept Won’t Be ‘Extorted’

NPR Enlarge this image Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said he and the Justice Department would not be intimidated by criticism or threats such as new “articles of impeachment.” Win McNamee/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Win McNamee/Getty Images Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein dismissed threats from antagonists in Congress on Thursday following months of tension between the Justice Department and conservative supporters of President Trump. Rosenstein appeared at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. to celebrate Law Day and was asked about threats from members of Congress, including the putative “articles of impeachment” about him drafted by allies of Trump. “There have been people who have been making threats privately and publicly against me for quite some time and I think they should understand by now the Department of Justice is not going to be extorted,” Rosenstein said. Rosenstein said he’s not sure who in Congress wrote a document that could be used to remove him from office. It appeared on Monday in The Washington Post. But Rosenstein says when the Justice Department accuses someone of wrongdoing, the process isn’t arbitrary. It uses evidence and credible witnesses. Rosenstein says the Justice Department needs to protect national security and confidential informants as well as the integrity of ongoing criminal investigations like the Russia probe. Special counsel Robert Mueller, who is running that investigation, reports to Rosenstein. Attorney General Jeff Sessions...

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Robert Mueller’s Pace Measures Up With Best Prosecutors ‘In Modern History’

NPR Enlarge this image Then-FBI Director Robert Mueller testifies during a hearing before the House Judiciary Committee on June 13, 2013, on Capitol Hill. Alex Wong/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Alex Wong/Getty Images The man leading the Justice Department’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election has been keeping busy. Special counsel Robert Mueller has been on the job for about nine months. But he’s already charged 19 people with wrongdoing — and won guilty pleas from the president’s former campaign vice chairman and his former national security adviser. Scholars who focus on politically charged investigations that...

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After Months Of Withering Criticism, Trump Prepares To Visit FBI

NPR Enlarge this image President Trump is visiting the FBI on Friday for a graduation ceremony. Yuri Gripas/AFP/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Yuri Gripas/AFP/Getty Images President Trump is traveling to Quantico, Va., on Friday to speak with an unlikely audience: the latest graduating class at the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It’s not unusual for a president to shower love on his FBI agents and intelligence analysts. President Obama famously visited bureau headquarters a few months after he took office in 2009, donning an FBI baseball cap and sharing “the thanks of a grateful nation.” A year earlier, then-President...

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White House: Nomination of Alabama Lawyer Brett Talley 'Will Not Be Moving Forward'

NPR Enlarge this image Brett Talley stands in Holy Rood Cemetery in Washington, D.C., in 2014. Talley had been rated “unanimously unqualified” for a lifetime judicial appointment and his nomination “will not be moving forward,” according to a Trump administration official. Matt McClain/The Washington Post via Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Matt McClain/The Washington Post via Getty Images The nomination of Brett Talley, the Justice Department official in line for a lifetime judicial appointment, “will not be moving forward,” a Trump administration official told NPR on Wednesday. Talley had been rated “unanimously unqualified” for the post by the...

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Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein Supervises Mueller Probe But He’s Also A Witness

NPR Enlarge this image Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein speaks at a news conference in October at the Justice Department. Alex Wong/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Alex Wong/Getty Images To the many mysteries swirling around the investigation of Russian election interference and the dismissal of FBI Director James Comey, add this one: why Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein continues to supervise the investigation. Rosenstein is the Justice Department official who pulled the trigger and named special counsel Robert Mueller to lead the probe in May, only days after President Trump fired his FBI director under questionable circumstances. But...

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After A Day Of Legal Shock And Awe, What’s Next For The Mueller Investigation?

NPR Enlarge this image Special counsel Robert Mueller, left, arrives at the U.S. Capitol for closed meeting with members of the Senate Judiciary Committee on June 21, 2017, in Washington, DC. Alex Wong/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Alex Wong/Getty Images Five months into his mandate, Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller III unleashed a legal version of “shock and awe” on Monday with criminal charges against Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman and a guilty plea by a foreign policy aide. Mueller made no public comment about the charges or the next steps in an investigation that’s irritating the...

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Breaching The ‘Wall’: Is The White House Encroaching On DOJ Independence?

NPR Enlarge this image Jeff Sessions is sworn is as attorney general on Feb. 9. There are questions now about the Justice Department’s independence. Win McNamee/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Win McNamee/Getty Images The deputy attorney general strode onto the stage last week in a seventh-floor conference room at the Justice Department to announce criminal charges against two Chinese men who used the Internet to sell deadly synthetic drugs. “These cases reflect a new and disturbing facet of the opioid crisis in America,” Rod Rosenstein, the second-in-command at Justice, told reporters who gathered for what was billed as...

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