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Trump's year: Mueller looms, Congress bickers over Russia

(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik). FILE - In this Jan. 4, 2018, President Donald Trump, accompanied by Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, left, speaks at a meeting in the Roosevelt Room at the White House in Washington. Republicans who spent the early months of 2017 ... (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik). FILE - In this Jan. 4, 2018, President Donald Trump, accompanied by Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, left, speaks at a meeting in the Roosevelt Room at the White House in Washington. Republicans who spent the early months of 2017 ...
(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File). FILE - In this July 11, 2017, file photo, Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, arrives to speak to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington. Republicans who spent the e... (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File). FILE - In this July 11, 2017, file photo, Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, arrives to speak to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington. Republicans who spent the e...
(AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File). FILE - In this Oct. 24, 2017, file photo, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. Republicans who spent the early months of 2017 working with Democrats on inv... (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File). FILE - In this Oct. 24, 2017, file photo, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. Republicans who spent the early months of 2017 working with Democrats on inv...
(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File). FILE - In this June 21, 2017, file photo, special counsel Robert Mueller departs after a meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington. Republicans who spent the early months of 2017 working with Democrats on investigation... (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File). FILE - In this June 21, 2017, file photo, special counsel Robert Mueller departs after a meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington. Republicans who spent the early months of 2017 working with Democrats on investigation...
(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik). FILE - In this Oct. 3, 2017, file photo, Chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Ranking Member Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., right, speak during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. Republicans who spent the early mo... (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik). FILE - In this Oct. 3, 2017, file photo, Chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Ranking Member Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., right, speak during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. Republicans who spent the early mo...
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WASHINGTON (AP) - Republicans who spent the early months of 2017 working with Democrats on investigations into Russian interference in U.S. elections have pivoted as the new year begins, leaving the conclusions of those congressional probes in doubt.

As special counsel Robert Mueller has ramped up his own investigation, Republicans have changed focus in their Russia probes. With President Donald Trump's encouragement, multiple GOP-led congressional committees are now investigating the FBI and whether the bureau conspired against Trump.

With the exception of the Senate Intelligence Committee, which has maintained bipartisan comity, it's becoming increasingly likely that Congress won't be able to agree on whether Trump's campaign was connected to the Russian meddling or on how to prevent a repeat of the Russian interference in 2016.

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