Here are all the key developments you might have missed in Russia news this week

Robert Mueller

This week brought a slew of new developments in Russia news.
The special counsel Robert Mueller notched a victory from the Supreme Court.
New York prosecutors charged a Kremlin-connected lawyer with obstruction of justice.
Media reports said deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein may soon be leaving the Justice Department.
Lawyers representing Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, accidentally revealed sensitive details about Manafort’s alleged lies to Mueller.
Two years after BuzzFeed News first published the unverified “Steele dossier”, several of its claims have held up over time.

The special counsel Robert Mueller’s “quiet period” is officially over.

This week brought a slew of new developments on multiple fronts related to the Russia investigation and key figures connected to the probe. Here’s what you need to know:

The Supreme Court handed Mueller a victory in his mystery grand-jury subpoena case:

Mueller has been duking it out with a mysterious foreign corporation over a grand-jury subpoena since last August.

The company has been fighting the subpoena, saying that doing so would violate the law in “Country A.” In December, a federal appeals court in Washington, DC, struck down the company’s argument and ordered it to comply with the subpoena. It also imposed a fine for each day the company did not cooperate with Mueller.

The company appealed to the Supreme Court, and Chief Justice John Roberts placed a temporary freeze on the fines while the court considered the case. But the Supreme Court ultimately declined to intervene, holding up the lower court’s ruling.

Paul Manafort’s lawyers screwed up … again:

In a Tuesday court filing, lawyers representing former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort made a formatting error and accidentally unsealed sensitive information about Manafort’s alleged lies.

The information, which was supposed to be redacted in the filing, revealed that Mueller believes Manafort lied about sharing confidential Trump campaign polling data with the former Russian intelligence operative Konstantin Kilimnik.

Prosecutors say the information was intended for two Ukrainian oligarchs, and the news prompted speculation over whether Manafort provided the information as part of a quid pro quo for his political consulting work.

His spokesperson denied that was the case, and Manafort’s team continues pushing back against Mueller’s claim that he breached his plea deal.

The two-year anniversary of the Steele dossier:

Thursday marks two years since BuzzFeed News published the so-called Steele dossier. Many of the dossier’s claims remain uncorroborated. But several allegations have proven, in part, to have held up over time.

That includes some of the document’s claims about a direct link between Russia and the 2016 hack of the Democratic National Committee and subsequent dissemination of stolen emails through WikiLeaks; some of Trump’s business dealings in Russia; former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page’s meetings during a shadowy Moscow trip; and Manafort’s deep ties to Russian and Ukrainian interests.

A Kremlin-connected lawyer was charged with obstruction of justice:

Federal prosecutors in New York indicted Natalia Veselnitskaya, the self-identified Kremlin “informant” and lawyer, accusing her of secretly …read more

Source:: Businessinsider – Life


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