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Thursday’s Morning Email: From Flynn To Mueller: Breaking Down The Russia Probe

By in Huffington Post on May 18, 2017

By Lauren Weber

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MEET THE MAN LEADING THE INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATION INTO RUSSIAN INFLUENCE IN THE 2016 ELECTION Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has appointed former FBI director Robert Mueller as special counsel to investigate Russian influence in the 2016 election. Both sides of the aisle applauded the pick, and Mueller has a “history of standing up to the White House.” And here’s what a “special counsel” does. [HuffPost]

FLYNN BOMBSHELL “Michael Flynn told President Donald Trump’s transition team weeks before the inauguration that he was under federal investigation for secretly working as a paid lobbyist for Turkey during the campaign, according to two people familiar with the case.” And here’s what you need to know about the Flynn revelations and how they may have directly affected U.S. military strategy in Syria. [NYT]

TRUMP CAMPAIGN REPORTEDLY HAD AT LEAST 18 ‘UNDISCLOSED’ CONTACTS WITH RUSSIANS “Flynn and other advisers to Trump’s campaign were in contact with Russian officials and others with Kremlin ties in at least 18 calls and emails during the last seven months of the 2016 presidential race, current and former U.S. officials familiar with the exchanges told Reuters.” Six of those were reportedly between Flynn and Russian diplomat Sergey Kislyak. [Reuters]

DOW TAKES LARGEST DIVE SINCE SEPTEMBER Amid the swirl of White House controversies. [HuffPost]

HOUSE MAJORITY LEADER SAYS VLADIMIR PUTIN ‘PAYS’ TRUMP IN LEAKED TAPE According to audio recording obtained by The Washington Post. Rep. Kevin McCarthy called it “an attempt at humor gone wrong.” [HuffPost]

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