Photo: Robert S. Mueller III, courtesy of Federal Bureau of Investigation.
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Former FBI director Robert Mueller has been appointed as special counsel to oversee the Justice Department’s investigation into Russian meddling. Democrats and Republicans were happy about the move, but President Trump called the appointment the single greatest witch hunt of a president in American history. Congress could take a broader look at the Trump campaign and Russian interference in the election by forming an independent commission, but it’s an idea Republicans still oppose.
News of the death of Robert Ailes broke early Thursday morning. He advised presidents and was one of the first backers of Donald Trump. But Ailes was forced out at Fox amid a sexual harassment scandal. He was also the target of smears and apparent spying. We look at his legacy and whether Fox can regain its stature with conservatives.
Chelsea Manning was released from prison Wednesday. She was originally sentenced to 35 years for leaking thousands of military and diplomatic documents to WikiLeaks. But Barack Obama commuted most of her sentence before leaving office. Manning has posted photos on social media to celebrate -- her first steps of freedom, enjoying pizza and wine.
Compton rapper Kendrick Lamar has sold millions of albums. He’s already racked up 20 Grammy nominations. Last year, his smash hit “To Pimp a Butterfly” won Best Rap Album. So you wouldn’t think he’d have any reason to feel dissed, but apparently he does. He deals with it on his new album called “Damn.”
Michael Flynn spent only 24 days as President Trump’s national security adviser. He seems to be at the center of the current investigation into the Trump campaign’s contacts with Russia. There are also a lot of questions about his work for Turkey. But President Trump keeps sticking by the general. He reportedly asked former FBI director James Comey to drop his investigation of Flynn.
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The fracturing of the far-right, one year after Charlottesville On Sunday, white nationalists plan to march on Washington -- one year after the rally in Charlottesville. We talk with a reporter who’s been tracking neo-Nazi groups behind that action, and investigating why law enforcement failed to intervene in the violence.
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