News Wrap 12.07.2018 | WYPR

News Wrap 12.07.2018

Dec 7, 2018

Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III
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Join us for another Midday News Wrap.

U.S. Justice Department Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III was the man of the week after new developments in his investigation of Russia’s involvement in the 2016 presidential election. In a heavily redacted court filing, Mueller announced that he would not pursue prison time for President Trump’s former national security advisor, Gen. Michael Flynn, because of his "significant" cooperation with the investigation.  Mueller's prosecutors in DC and a team in the Southern District of New York were scheduled to submit separate sentencing memos on Friday for former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, and former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen.

Tom talks with Washington Post national security reporter Devlin Barrett about the Mueller team's multiple ongoing probes.

Those probes weren't the only stories dominating headlines this week: US senators, including some leading Republicans, responded angrily to the murder of dissident Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi after their closed-door briefing by CIA Director Gina Haspel; the North Carolina State Board of Elections and Ethics refused to certify the election of Republican House candidate Mark Harris following reports of systematic voter fraud in the state’s 9th district; and many around the country mourned former President George H.W. Bush after his death last Friday.

NPR lead politics editor Domenico Montanaro joins Tom from NPR studios in Washington to discuss these and other major news developments this week.