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Here’s what we know about the cost of the Mueller investigation

Special Counsel Robert Mueller ended his investigation on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election without accusing President Donald Trump or his campaign of conspiring or coordinating with the Russian government. Given the favorable outcome, Republicans renewed their attention on the cost of the investigation, which stretched on for nearly two years. “The total reported cost of the Special Counsel’s investigation through September 2018 was $25,215,853.00,” said a March 24 tweet from the Republican National Committee.

Without full Mueller report, Trump obstruction questions leave legal experts wondering

Less than 48 hours after receiving the special counsel’s report, Attorney General William Barr distilled Robert Mueller’s investigative findings into a four-page letter. In a controversial move, Barr supplied a key legal judgment where Mueller declined to reach one. While the special counsel cleared Donald Trump of conspiring in Russia’s 2016 election interference, Barr said, Mueller left unresolved another major question that has dogged the president: whether Trump obstructed justice.

What Democrats said about Trump, collusion before Mueller report

Republicans have been having a field day rubbing the Democrats’ noses in the outcome of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. As the summary from Attorney General William Barr quoted Mueller’s report, “the investigation did not establish that members of the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities.” Donald Trump Jr. said it is “time to hold the conspiracy caucus in Congress accountable.” “These Democrat Truthers spent the last 2 years knowingly lying to the American people about collusion,” Trump Jr.

Martha Stewart to Donald Trump: Can there be obstruction of justice with no underlying crime?

In summarizing Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian election interference, Attorney General Bill Barr said there were two major questions the investigation examined: whether there was coordination or collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government, and whether President Donald Trump sought to obstruct justice. The report found no proof for coordination or collusion. That lack of proof on collusion is one of the reasons for not pursuing an obstruction-of-justice prosecution, Barr said: There was no underlying crime from Russia connections for Trump to cover up.

All of the people facing charges from Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling

Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election ended without finding evidence that President Donald Trump or the Trump campaign knowingly participated in the scheme. Mueller's 22-month investigation, however, netted indictments against 34 people and three entities on nearly 200 separate criminal charges. Five associates of Trump have been convicted, and another, Roger Stone, is awaiting trial. Here’s a look at all of the charges stemming from Mueller’s investigation.

Fact-checking Donald Trump's claim of no collusion, no obstruction from Mueller report

President Donald Trump is claiming victory after his attorney general published a summary of the special counsel’s nearly two-year investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election, and whether the Trump campaign conspired with Moscow. In a four-page letter to lawmakers, Attorney General William Barr summarized the key findings of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe, which Trump said unequivocally cleared his name on allegations that have dogged him over his presidency.

A summary of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report is now public. Here’s what it says—and doesn’t

After a nearly two-year investigation, Special Counsel Robert Mueller delivered to the attorney general his findings on Russia’s interference in the 2016 election and whether the Trump campaign coordinated with Moscow. Attorney General William Barr’s summary of the report is now public. Mueller’s probe leveled nearly 200 criminal charges against 37 people and entities, including charges or convictions of six associates of Donald Trump. Notably, Mueller did not indict Trump, his campaign or any other Americans for conspiring with the Kremlin.

Read Attorney General William Barr's summary of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report

After a nearly two-year investigation, Special Counsel Robert Mueller delivered to the attorney general his findings on Russia’s interference in the 2016 election and whether the Trump campaign conspired with Moscow. Attorney General William Barr’s summary of the report is now public. Read it below. See Figure 1 on >>More

PolitiFact partners with Noticias Telemundo to bring fact-checking in Spanish for 2020 election

PolitiFact will partner with Noticias Telemundo to offer fact-checking in Spanish ahead of the 2020 presidential election. PolitiFact is a fact-checking website owned by the Poynter Institute for Media Studies. Noticias Telemundo is a leading news provider for 58 million Hispanic people in the United States. PolitiFact reporters and editors will be made available to Telemundo for on-air interviews, and Noticias Telemundo will be able to send statements for PolitiFact to fact-check for Spanish-language audiences.

Donald Trump doesn’t think white nationalism is on the rise. Data shows otherwise

It’s becoming a pattern with President Donald Trump: downplaying the seriousness of violence associated with white nationalism. A reporter asked Trump if he saw a global rise in white nationalism following reports that the Christchurch, New Zealand, shooter was steeped in the ideology. Trump responded: “I don’t really. I think it’s a small group of people that have very, very serious problems. I guess, if you look at what happened in New Zealand, perhaps that’s a case. I don’t know enough about it yet.” Documenting incidents of white nationalism can be challenging.