After years of public pressure, conspiracy theorist Alex Jones was largely barred from the world's largest social media platforms.
With the rise of Donald Trump, who has been described as the "human distillation" of the conspiracy theorists' paranoid worldview, Jones appeared set to finally make it into the mainstream.
"Mueller sees Manafort as a key in that regard, or a final key," said Sol Wisenberg, deputy to Kenneth Starr during the 1990s Whitewater investigation of President Bill Clinton.
Trump has offered support for his former campaign manager throughout Manafort's legal battle with Mueller. Friday's retraction raised questions about whether the goodwill could be short-lived.
A hearing in U.S. District Court in Washington is set for Friday morning, and jury selection is scheduled to begin Monday.
The contents of the letter about Brett Kavanaugh were not revealed. Sen. Dianne Feinstein said she "referred the matter to federal investigative authorities."
That Senate Judiciary Committee's vote on Kavanaugh is now scheduled for Sept. 20, following a 11-10 vote along party lines.
That number represents a more than fivefold increase since last May, setting a record, according to a report in The New York Times, which first reported the numbers.
The attorney general position in New York presents a unique opportunity to go after the president because the deeply blue state is where he built his business empire.
The tea party movement rose from the ashes of the financial crisis. Trump, in turn, seized the momentum built by the movement. "The fringe groups are the things to look at if we want to understand what our future will look like," one historian says.