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Mueller Team Talks to Member of Trump's Cabinet: Sessions

'New York Times' was first to report the news

(Newser) - Attorney General Jeff Sessions was interviewed for hours last week in special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation, the Justice Department confirmed Tuesday. The interview comes as Mueller is investigating whether President Trump's actions in office, including the firing of FBI Director James Comey, constituted obstruction of justice. Mueller... More »

Cops Searching House Make Unnerving Find in Basement

Man says he has had crocodile for years

(Newser) - Russian police had an unexpected encounter while searching a house in St. Petersburg — a crocodile in the basement, the AP reports. The Fontanka.ru news portal said the incident happened Thursday while detectives were looking for undeclared weapons in the house of a man involved in staging reconstructions of... More »

Damage Done by Alleged CIA Mole May Be Even Worse

Jerry Chun Shing Lee could be responsible for disappearance of US spies in Russia

(Newser) - The damage reportedly done by an alleged CIA mole could extend beyond China, where at least 20 CIA informants were arrested and executed between 2010 and 2012, current and former officials tell NBC News . China wiped out the CIA's spy network in that country after cracking the covert communications... More »

Shirtless Putin Takes Icy Dip in Russian Lake

Russian president immerses himself in ice water to celebrate Christian holiday of Epiphany

(Newser) - Vladimir Putin is baring his chest in public again . The Russian president took a dip in icy lake waters to celebrate Epiphany, a major holiday in Orthodox Christianity marking the baptism of Jesus. Russian television stations showed the 65-year-old Putin approaching a hole cut in the ice on Lake Seliger... More »

Moscow Saw the Sun a Grand Total of 6 Minutes Last Month

Meanwhile, other parts of Russia are in a deep freeze so cold people's eyelashes are freezing

(Newser) - If Russian winters weren't miserable and dreary, we wouldn't have Tolstoy and Dostoevsky. In fact, the month of December 2000 saw just three hours of sunlight in Moscow, the New York Times reports. That benchmark was just shattered, however, with Moscow experiencing its "darkest December" ever, the... More »

Teenagers With Knives Attack School in Russia

Twelve are wounded in Perm

(Newser) - At least 12 people are wounded after a knife attack on a school in the city of Perm in central Russia this morning. The New York Times reports that two masked teenagers—one a current student of the school and the other a former student—entered the back entrance of... More »

Man Drives Tank Into Store, Steals Bottle of Wine

Witnesses note he seemed drunk

(Newser) - On Wednesday morning in a Russian town just south of the Arctic Circle, a tank rumbled through the snowy streets before crashing into a convenience store, the Independent reports. Reuters notes that witnesses at the scene "did not seem particularly disturbed by the incident." It all started when... More »

Trump Having 2nd Thoughts About Interview With Mueller

He'll no longer commit to interview for Russia investigation

(Newser) - Seven months ago, President Trump said he would "100%" be willing to testify under oath as part of an investigation into possible collusion between his presidential campaign and Russia, as well as potential obstruction of justice resulting from his firing of James Comey, NBC News reports. That appears to... More »

Trump's Newest Twitter Target: 'Sneaky' Dianne Feinstein

President blasts senator for releasing transcript of interview with Fusion GPS co-founder

(Newser) - President Trump lashed out at Sen. Dianne Feinstein for releasing the transcript of an interview with the co-founder of a political opposition firm that commissioned a dossier of allegations about Trump's presidential campaign and Russia. Trump called the California Democrat "Sneaky Dianne Feinstein" on Twitter Wednesday, the AP... More »

Republicans Push for Criminal Charges in Russia Probe

Charges would be against someone trying to expose Russian election interference

(Newser) - Two Republican leaders are recommending the Justice Department investigate Christoper Steele—the former British spy who authored the infamous dossier alleging collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign—for possibly lying to the FBI, the Washington Post reports. According to the New York Times , it's the first known criminal... More »

Manafort Sues Justice Dept. Over Mueller Investigation

Ex-Trump campaign manager wants charges against him dropped and Mueller removed

(Newser) - In a lawsuit filed Wednesday, former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort is challenging special counsel Robert Mueller's authority to investigate crimes and seeking to have the indictment against himself thrown out, the Wall Street Journal reports. According to the Washington Post , the lawsuit calls the actions of Mueller, Deputy... More »

Trump Responds to Bannon's Damning Comments in Book

'He lost his mind,' says the president of former adviser's comments to author Michael Wolff

(Newser) - A highly anticipated book about the Trump White House comes out next week, and some advance peeks already are making headlines. Two in particular from Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House by Michael Wolff (a Newser founder): The Trump team, including Trump himself, genuinely did not expect to... More »

Company Behind Trump Dossier: We Were 'Shocked'

Fusion GPS execs want their testimony to Congress made public

(Newser) - The political research firm behind an infamous dossier on then-candidate Donald Trump defends its work in a New York Times op-ed and accuses the president and his allies of trying to downplay explosive allegations about Russian collusion. Glenn Simpson and Peter Fritsch, founders of Fusion GPS, lay out how they... More »

Report: Drunk Trump Aide Told Diplomat Russia Had Clinton Dirt

And inadvertently caused the FBI investigation now run by Mueller

(Newser) - One of the heretofore unanswered questions of Donald Trump's presidency is what, exactly, caused the FBI to open an investigation into the Trump campaign and possible Russian attempts to influence the election in July 2016. Trump and others have claimed it was in response to a dossier put together... More »

Man Arrested in Supermarket Bombing That Injured 18

Russian security agency has provided no details on motive

(Newser) - A man was arrested Saturday in connection with a St. Petersburg supermarket bombing that wounded 18 people, Russia's main domestic security agency said. Eight people remain hospitalized after a device exploded Wednesday in a storage area for customers' bags, the AP reports. Investigators said the homemade device contained 7... More »

Putin's New Year's Note to Trump: Let's Work Together

Russian president calls for 'pragmatic cooperation,' 'mutual respect' between 2 countries

(Newser) - Vladimir Putin is heading into the new year with hopes that Russia and the US can move toward a "pragmatic cooperation" that will allow them to work together over the long haul. Per the Kremlin, that's the gist of the New Year's message the Russian president sent... More »

Former Candy Factory Owner Kills Guard, Injures 3 Others

Moscow man said plant was 'seized with the use of fake documents'

(Newser) - The former owner of a Russian candy factory has been ordered to remain in jail while the slaying of a plant security guard is under investigation. Investigators said Ilya Averyanov argued with the factory's new owner and opened fire with a hunting rifle on Wednesday, killing the guard and... More »

Putin to Security Forces: 'Liquidate' Terror Suspects

After St. Petersburg explosion, Putin tells agents to 'take no prisoners' if suspects threaten their lives

(Newser) - Vladimir Putin is running for re-election as Russia's president, and one thing he apparently wants to make clear to citizens is his stance on terrorism. He got that chance Thursday while commenting on Wednesday's supermarket explosion in St. Petersburg , which injured at least a dozen people and has... More »

Russia Suffers Embarrassing Pair of Space Mishaps

Admits this week it has lost contact with 2 satellites

(Newser) - "The situation is being analyzed." Such is the pronouncement from the Kremlin following a pair of embarrassing space-related mishaps. On Wednesday, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin revealed that human error was responsible for the loss of a $45 million weather satellite called Meteor-M; the rocket carrying that... More »

Weeks After Trump Tip, Blast Hits St. Petersburg

At least 10 hurt in supermarket explosion

(Newser) - At least 10 people were injured Wednesday by an explosion at a supermarket in St. Petersburg, Russia's second-largest city and the site of a deadly subway bombing this year. The Investigative Committee, the nation's top investigative agency, said a device containing 7 ounces of explosives went off at... More »

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