SPECIAL PROSECUTOR: The Justice Department appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel to oversee its investigation into Russian interference in the election. President Trump says “a thorough investigation will confirm what we already know — there was no collusion between my campaign and any foreign entity.” But Politico calls it “Trump’s worst nightmare” coming true: HERE’S WHY

THINGS 2 KNOW: Mueller will have subpoena power, meaning he can demand documents and depositions from anyone– even the president– and he’ll have the authority to issue indictments.

18 TIMES: Reuters is reporting that Gen. Mike Flynn and other advisors to the Trump campaign had at least 18 undisclosed phone calls or emails with Russian officials and other people with Kremlin ties during the last seven months of the 2016 presidential race. REUTERS


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