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Mueller Steals Focus Back From Trump Wall War

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Chatham House’s Leslie Vinjamuri on the Shutdown, Mueller Trial

Questions about whether Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe will personally implicate Donald Trump are back at the forefront after three weeks of partisan strife over the president’s proposed border wall.

Even as the U.S. government shutdown officially clocks in as the longest ever, Democrats are refocused on Mueller’s 2016 election-meddling inquiry, insisting the investigation be completed without interference. They say they’ll be seeking those assurances from Attorney General nominee William Barr when he testifies this week before a Senate panel.