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It’s Mueller Time

With Congress mired in partisan politics, the special counsel’s Trump-Russia probe may be the only one that leads to answers—or handcuffs

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@maxkutner

PASS INTERFERENCE The lists of potential witnesses in the congressional probes are likely to shrink with each Mueller indictment, since no one wants to interfere with the criminal investigation.
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“I pray that Trump will help get my innocent son out of jail in China.”

ED JONES/AFP/GETTY

“PLEASE,’ THE SENATOR SAID, “ANSWER YES OR no, sir. Can you do that?” It was late October, and Minnesota’s Al Franken was two hours into a Senate Judiciary subcommittee hearing on Russia’s manipulation of social media, including its efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election. Sitting across from him and the other senators at a long table was a lawyer from Facebook. Franken tried to get the man to say whether the social media network would reject political ads purchased with foreign currency. But the attorney remained obtuse, and the senator dropped his head into his hands in frustration.

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