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John Kruzel is a staff writer at PolitiFact. He previously covered politics at ABC News, where he received an Emmy nomination for his work on 2016 presidential debates. He has written about politics, law and national security, and contributed to numerous outlets, including Slate and The New Yorker. He is a former attorney.

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8 times the Mueller report shows Trump, White House spread false or misleading claims

Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report provides a behind-the-scenes reconstruction of key events in the first months of Donald Trump’s presidency. The redacted version of the report, released April 18 by Attorney General William Barr, verifies and supports media reports about events that Trump dismissed as "fake news." And it highlights several instances where Trump aides told the press false information, including about the firing of former FBI director James Comey. Here’s an overview of some notable claims from Trump and his administration that turned out to be false.

The Mueller report: What you need to know

Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s highly anticipated report presents a sweeping narrative of Russia’s 2016 election interference and clears the Trump campaign of criminally conspiring with the Kremlin. It also details the president’s efforts to curtail the nearly two-year probe, though Mueller declined to say whether or not Trump’s conduct amounted to illegal obstruction.

In Context: Comparing Bill Barr’s summary of Mueller's findings to the publicly released report

U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr issued a four-page summary of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s key findings nearly a month before publicly releasing a nearly 400-page redacted version of Mueller’s report. Now that the report is public, here’s broader context surrounding the quotes that Barr included in his summary.

The redacted Mueller report: The fight over what we won’t see

Attorney General William Barr is poised to release the findings from the special counsel’s nearly two-year investigation into whether the Trump campaign coordinated in Russia’s 2016 election meddling, and if the president obstructed the probe.

What does it mean when Democrats say they support reparations?

Slavery is sometimes referred to as America’s original sin. As the 2020 presidential race ramps up, Democratic candidates are talking about setting the country on a course of atonement through reparations.

Same day, different story: NYT, WSJ use different frames for far-right extremism

A glance at the headlines of two major newspapers this weekend might have left readers confused about whether far-right extremism is getting worse.

Fact-checking Donald Trump’s Grand Rapids rally after the Mueller probe

In his first rally since being cleared of criminally conspiring in Russia’s 2016 election interference, President Donald Trump in Grand Rapids, Mich., opined on everything from the end of the special counsel probe to immigration to health care.

Without full Mueller report, Trump obstruction questions leave legal experts wondering

Less than 48 hours after receiving the special counsel’s report, Attorney General William Barr distilled Robert Mueller’s investigative findings into a four-page letter. In a controversial move, Barr supplied a key legal judgment where Mueller declined to reach one.

All of the people facing charges from Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling

A look back at who has already been indicted or convicted stemming from Robert Mueller’s investigation

Fact-checking Donald Trump's claim of no collusion, no obstruction from Mueller report

President Donald Trump is claiming victory after his attorney general published a summary of the special counsel’s nearly two-year investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election, and whether the Trump campaign conspired with Moscow.