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