Pa­per trail: Clin­ton dossier, JFK files and charges in Mueller probe

Houston Chronicle Sunday - - NEWS RECAP - From on­line and wire re­ports

A long-sim­mer­ing fight boiled over last week over the role of the in­fa­mous Don­ald Trump dossier after a new report con­firmed that the Demo­cratic Na­tional Com­mit­tee and Hil­lary Clin­ton’s cam­paign helped fund it.

While it’s been known for months that the re­search that went into the doc­u­ments was ini­tially un­der­writ­ten by Trump’s Repub­li­can op­po­nents dur­ing the pri­mary sea­son, and later was taken over by Democrats dur­ing the gen­eral elec­tion cam­paign, the pres­i­dent and his sup­port­ers seized on the new de­tails about the DNC-Clin­ton role to push their view that the Rus­sia in­ves­ti­ga­tions are based on a po­lit­i­cally in­spired hit job.

• On Thurs­day night, Trump’s prom­ise to un­veil the JFK as­sas­si­na­tion records was de­railed by the CIA and FBI, as the na­tional se­cu­rity agen­cies urged some of the records to re­main se­cret. The gov­ern­ment re­leased over 2,800 records but kept roughly 300 files clas­si­fied. Those will be re­viewed within the next six months.

• On Fri­day, CNN re­ported that a fed­eral grand jury in Washington ap­proved the first charges in the investigation led by spe­cial coun­sel Robert Mueller.

The charges are sealed un­der or­ders from a fed­eral judge, but any­one charged could be taken into cus­tody as soon as Mon­day. It is un­clear what the charges are.

Mueller was ap­pointed in May to re­view Rus­sian med­dling in the 2016 elec­tions.

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