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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.

Is WikiLeaks Russia’s ‘useful idiot,’ its ‘agent of influence,’ or something else?

About a dozen years ago, an enigmatic, silver-haired hacker from Australia launched a web portal that grew to become, in his words, “a giant library of the world's most persecuted documents.” WikiLeaks, under the guidance of founder Julian Assange, has since published more than 10 million documents on war, spying and corruption. The group earned notoriety in U.S. national security circles in 2010 for leaking footage of an American airstrike that killed Iraqi journalists.

Donald Trump says Jews are leaving the Democratic Party, but there’s no proof

President Donald Trump mimicked the commentary of a Fox News guest about Jewish Americans leaving the Democratic Party following controversial comments by U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn. Trump tweeted this on March 12: “Jewish people are leaving the Democratic Party. We saw a lot of anti Israel policies start under the Obama Administration, and it got worsts [sic] & worse. There is anti-Semitism in the Democratic Party.

Fact-checking Donald Trump's two-hour speech at CPAC

President Donald Trump spoke to an enthusiastic audience at the Conservative Political Action Committee conference in Washington over the weekend. During his 2-hour-plus speech, Trump revisited many points from his political rallies. He stayed on relatively firm ground when talking about the economy. But on immigration, abortion and the Democrats’ Green New Deal, he took liberties with the facts. We checked the accuracy of some of his key claims. “Visa lottery — that’s where they put in the names; they put it in a lottery, and you pick, ‘Oh, here’s a wonderful person.

Did Michael Cohen want a White House gig?

During Michael Cohen’s testimony before Congress, Democrats zeroed in on his claims that Donald Trump engaged in crime before and even into his presidency. But Republicans seemed less interested in Cohen’s message than the messenger himself. Republican members of the House Oversight Committee impugned Cohen’s motives for testifying against Trump, saying he is after a lighter prison sentence and a book deal. But their main charge was that Cohen resents his former boss because Trump did not reward him with a coveted White House position despite years of loyal service.