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Jun 29, 2018

This Week: Robert Mueller Accelerates His Probe As Midterms Loom

Unfortunately for President Trump, major new steps in the special counsel’s Russia investigation are slated to take place ahead of November’s midterm elections. In addition to his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort’s two criminal trials in Virginia and D.C., Mueller has now set a Sept. 7 sentencing date for former campaign adviser George Papadopoulos. He has also subpoenaed Andrew Miller, an aide to Roger Stone who helped arrange interviews for Stone during the campaign. Mueller is reportedly “accelerating” the collusion and obstruction of justice portions of his probe in order to issue reports on those topics by the fall. On the Manafort front, we learned that Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska helped fund Manafort’s years-long lobbying work for Ukraine’s Party of Regions. Manafort also received a previously undisclosed $10 million loan from Deripaska, who he offered “private briefings” to while leading the Trump campaign. Virginia Judge T.S. Ellis declined to dismiss the charges Mueller brought against Manafort in his district, but his ruling…

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