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Flynn is the latest to face charges in the Special Counsel's Russia probe. Photo: Charles Dharapak / AP

Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe, conducted in secret, had a public moment this week when charges were leveled against former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn. But the vast majority of the investigation continues to move forward out of the public eye.

Based on reports from witnesses and lawyers, the Washington Post depicts what it's like at the core of the investigation.

  • Mueller's team's office is in an industrial part of Southwest Washington. That's where Trump administration officials — most recently White House Counsel Don McGahn — have reportedly traveled to be interviewed as part of the investigation.
  • During the interview, which reportedly takes place in a windowless room, teams of two or three lawyers take turns asking questions. Mueller himself often observes from a perch along the wall, witnesses told the Post.
  • "Among the topics that have been of keen interest to investigators: how foreign government officials and their emissaries contacted Trump officials, as well as the actions and interplay of Flynn and Jared Kushner, the president's son-in-law," per the Post.
  • "[I]t seemed like they were still trying to get a feel of the basic landscape of the place ... I didn't get the sense they had anything incriminating on the president. Nor were they anywhere close to done," one witness who was interviewed for several hours told the Post.
  • White House lawyer Ty Cobb told the Post he believes the focus on the White House and its staffers is coming to an end.

Go deeper: How the Russia investigation closed in on Paul Manafort and Michael Flynn

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Pelosi announces bid for re-election ahead of 2022 midterms

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) announced her bid for re-election Tuesday, amid a deluge of other safe-seat Democrats announcing their retirements.

Why it matters: Pelosi’s announcement follows months of speculation — despite her denials — that she was preparing to leave Congress.

Scoop: Qatar emir to visit White House on Monday

The emir of Qatar, Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, leaves the White House after meeting President Trump in 2019. Photo: Nicholas Kamm/AFP via Getty Images

The emir of Qatar will meet with President Biden at the White House on Monday to discuss Afghanistan as well as contingency plans to provide natural gas to Europe in the event of a Russian invasion of Ukraine, Axios has learned.

Why it matters: Europe's reliance on Russia for 40% of its natural gas is undermining Biden's attempts to coordinate "massive" sanctions to be imposed from both sides of the Atlantic if Russia invades. The White House wants Qatar to help ensure European countries can enforce tough sanctions without risking an energy crisis.

Biden: There won't be "American forces moving into Ukraine"

President Joe Biden told reporters Tuesday that he does not foresee U.S. troops moving into Ukraine.

Why it matters: Biden's comments come as tensions between Russia and Ukraine persist, and a Russian invasion of Ukraine appears increasingly likely.