Nicole Lafond

Nicole Lafond is a news writer for TPM based in New York City. She is also currently earning a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University and previously worked as an education reporter at The News-Gazette in Champaign, Ill. Follow her on Twitter @Nicole_Lafond.

Articles by Nichole

Rudy Giuliani has been busy.

He spent the last two nights reading special counsel Robert Mueller’s 400-plus page report in a private room at the Justice Department. As the rest of the public pores over the report on Thursday, Trump’s legal team is in full spin mode, deriding the standard of proof that Mueller’s team used to assess the obstruction case and pushing the “investigate the investigators” talking point.

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In his press conference before delivering special counsel Robert Mueller’s redacted report to Congress, Attorney General William Barr reiterated his previous assessment that there was “no collusion” between the Trump campaign and the Russian government or Russian trolls to influence the 2016 election.

“In other words, there was no evidence of the Trump campaign collusion with the Russian government’s hacking,” he said, making similar comments about the efforts of Russian trolls to interfere in the election. 

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House Democrat committee chairs issued a joint statement on Wednesday evening calling on Attorney General William Barr to cancel his “inappropriate” press conference — which he plans to Thursday morning before the Mueller report is delivered to Congress — calling it a partisan attempt to shape the public’s perception of the investigation.

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On the day of the scheduled release of a redacted version of the special counsel’s report, Democratic leadership called on special counsel Robert Mueller to testify publicly before the House and Senate, citing the attorney general’s “regrettably partisan handling” of the release of the report on the Russia investigation.

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