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    Mueller Probe Broaches the Russia Business

    “I have nothing to do with Russia.” Variations on that theme, repeated by then presidential candidate Donald Trump in the summer of 2016, are, if the president’s ex-attorney didn’t perjure himself, untrue. Michael Cohen pleaded guilty Thursday to lying to Congress that an effort to erect a Moscow Trump Tower ended in January 2016 when it actually continued until June. The revelations from Cohen’s case, including a proposal to give Russian President Vladimir Putin a $50 million penthouse, reportedly hang like a cloud over the Trump administration as it waits for special counsel Robert Mueller’s next move.

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