U.S. special investigator Mueller: Russia sought early contact with trump's campaign team

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Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., who is widely expected to take over the House Intelligence Committee next year, said on Sunday that the president "faces the very real prospect of jail time" once he leaves office.

Trump announced his presidential candidacy in June 2015.

McCarthy, a former federal prosecutor, said on "Fox & Friends" Sunday that attorneys with the Southern District of NY are "clearly" going after Trump, given recent revelations about statements by Michael Cohen, his former personal lawyer, to the USA district court.

It's unclear whether the distinction between an impeachable offense and impeachment itself will satisfy those in the Democratic base who are eager to kick Trump out of office. Trump has denied the affairs, but previously pretended not to know anything about the payments.

Other senators questioned whether the allegations from Cohen that Trump was involved were credible, given the source was a known liar.

The case stemmed from a federal investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and possible collusion with Trump's campaign. "But certainly they'd be impeachable offenses because even though they were committed before the president became president, they were committed in the service of fraudulently obtaining the office, that would be an impeachable offense". It's still unclear exactly where else the special counsel's probe could go. Trump on Friday said he would nominate former Attorney General William Barr to the post to succeed Jeff Sessions.

"As long as Cohen's a liar, I shouldn't give much credibility to what he says", said outgoing Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley, who will run the Finance Committee next year. "No. 2, Campaign Finance Act violations are, generally, civil matters".

Putin, unsurprisingly, had a very low approval rating in Poland, where only 7 percent of respondents said they believed he would do the right thing in regard to world affairs. "We will try to get to the bottom of this, in order to serve the American people and to stop this massive conspiracy - this massive fraud on the American people". It also, for the first time, directly ties Trump to a federal crime.

However, Schiff stopped short of agreeing with Rep.

At least 16 Donald Trump associates had contact with Russian Federation during his 2016 presidential campaign or transition, according to U.S. media.

Cohen had spoken in November 2015 with a Russians, who offered to have a "political" work together with Russia on a "government level", Mueller in a on Friday published document.

While talking with Fox News' Bill Hemmer, Napolitano explained that the SDNY filing released last week indicated that Trump was in significant legal jeopardy, and he could not imagine the office making it without some plan to bring charges against the president.

The federal prosecutors have gathered that Trump devised a scheme to pay hush money to porn actress Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal. He also warned the White House about considering a pardon for Manafort, saying such a step could trigger congressional debate about limiting a president's pardon powers.

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