Former Trump campaign official Rick Gates leaves Federal Court on December 11, 2017 in Washington, DC.
In October, Trump's one-time campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his deputy Rick Gates were arrested on money laundering and tax-related charges. / AFP PHOTO / Brendan Smialowski        (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

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US President Donald J. Trump participates in NORAD Santa Tracker phone calls at the Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida on December 24, 2017. 
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NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 08:  Robert S. Mueller III, Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), speaks at the International Conference on Cyber Security (ICCS) on August 8, 2013 in New York City. The ICCS, which is co-hosted by Fordham University and the FBI, is held every 18 months; more than 25 countries are represented at this year's conference.  (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

CLEVELAND, OH - JULY 21:  Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gives two thumbs up to the crowd during the evening session on the fourth day of the Republican National Convention on July 21, 2016 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump received the number of votes needed to secure the party's nomination. An estimated 50,000 people are expected in Cleveland, including hundreds of protesters and members of the media. The four-day Republican National Convention kicked off on July 18.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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About 

  • Sara Murray is a CNN political correspondent based in Washington, D.C. She principally covers the Russia investigation and works alongside CNN's Justice Department team.

    Murray joined CNN in 2015 to cover the expansive Republican field and most recently served as a White House correspondent for the network.

    Murray joined CNN from The Wall Street Journal, where she served as an anchor for their digital network in New York. Prior to joining the video team, she covered Mitt Romney's 2012 presidential bid, shedding light on the inner workings of the campaign's high command and breaking news on the candidate's private comments to high-dollar donors.

    During her tenure at The Wall Street Journal, Murray covered Congress's unsuccessful attempt to overhaul the U.S. immigration system in 2013. She also spent years following the 2008 financial crisis and the economic fallout that ensued.

    Murray was born and raised in Mt. Pleasant. Mich., and graduated from the University of Maryland. She resides in Washington, D.C., with her husband and their rescue pup, shiner.