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In an Echo of Watergate and John Dean, an Adviser Points to Trump

WASHINGTON — Gordon D. Sondland had not even finished his testimony on Wednesday before it was being called the “John Dean moment” of the President Trump impeachment drama. With the presidency on the line, a once-trusted lieutenant pointed the finger at Mr. Trump in a proceeding that could lead to Watergate-style charges of high crimes […]

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Should Trump Tromp Rudy?

Memo to Donald Trump: Throw Rudy Giuliani under a bus. Everything’s going wrong for the White House right now. We just had a Trump-appointed ambassador telling the impeachment hearing that there was indeed a quid pro quo in Ukraine, and everybody knew it. Most of the Democrats’ witnesses seem both sympathetic and believable. The Republicans […]

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Donald Trump’s Gordon Problem

Over the first three days of testimony in the impeachment inquiry into Donald Trump, Republicans have tried out a number of defenses. After the Wednesday testimony of Gordon Sondland, Trump’s ambassador to the European Union, almost all of them have been incinerated. Throughout the proceedings, Devin Nunes, the ranking Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, […]

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Sondland Kept Pompeo Informed on Ukraine Pressure Campaign

WASHINGTON — Gordon D. Sondland, the diplomat at the center of the House impeachment inquiry, kept Secretary of State Mike Pompeo apprised of key developments in the campaign to pressure Ukraine’s leader into public commitments that would satisfy President Trump, two people briefed on the matter said. Mr. Sondland informed Mr. Pompeo in mid-August about […]

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What We Learned Today From Impeachment Inquiry Hearings

WASHINGTON — Two top national security officials offered new details about President Trump’s pressure campaign on Ukraine as they appeared for testimony during the second week of public hearings in House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry. At issue is whether Mr. Trump abused his power by holding out security aid and a coveted White House meeting from […]

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Impeachment Hearings Updates: Vindman, Williams and Others Head to Capitol Hill

Here’s what you need to know: ImageLt. Col. Alexander Vindman arriving for an interview with the House committees leading the impeachment investigation in October.Credit…Erin Schaff/The New York Times The basics: Who, what, when and how to watch Who: Lt. Col. Alexander S. Vindman, the top Ukraine expert at the National Security Council, and Jennifer Williams, […]

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How Not to Plot Secret Foreign Policy: On a Cellphone and WhatsApp

Rudolph W. Giuliani, the former New York mayor at the center of the impeachment investigation into the conduct of Ukraine policy, makes a living selling cybersecurity advice through his companies. President Trump even named him the administration’s first informal “cybersecurity adviser.” But inside the National Security Council, officials expressed wonderment that Mr. Giuliani was running […]

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The Revenge of the Bureaucrats

The opening hearings on the Ukraine scandal demonstrated that mundane government processes and seemingly colorless bureaucrats are what keep our country going. It was these sorts of unknown public servants who maintained the executive branch functioning during Watergate — and are doing so now while our distracted president and his acolytes try to circumvent the […]

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Donald Trump, Corruption Fighter?

Republican defenders of Donald Trump have argued that he withheld congressionally mandated military aid to Ukraine and a promised White House meeting because he wanted assurances that Ukraine’s new president, Volodymyr Zelensky, was serious about fighting corruption. Sworn testimony in the House impeachment inquiry on Friday obliterated that defense, revealing that Mr. Trump was interested […]

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Who Is Marie Yovanovitch? Former Ambassador Testifies in Impeachment Hearing

WASHINGTON — Before President Trump fired her as his ambassador to Ukraine, Marie L. Yovanovitch was an anonymous career diplomat who served in the kind of unglamorous posts — Kyrgyzstan, Armenia and eventually Ukraine — typically reserved for civil servants because political donors and friends of the president don’t covet them. Now Ms. Yovanovitch, known […]

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Who Is Marie Yovanovitch? Former Ambassador Testifies Today

WASHINGTON — Before President Trump fired her as his ambassador to Ukraine, Marie L. Yovanovitch was an anonymous career diplomat who served in the kind of unglamorous posts — Kyrgyzstan, Armenia and eventually Ukraine — typically reserved for civil servants because political donors and friends of the president don’t covet them. Now Ms. Yovanovitch, known […]

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Impeachment Hearings Open With Revelation on Trump’s Ukraine Pressure

WASHINGTON — The House of Representatives opened historic impeachment hearings on Wednesday and heard a senior American diplomat reveal startling new testimony that drew President Trump closer to the center of the effort to pressure Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. In a nationally televised hearing in the House Ways and […]

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Impeachment Hearing Updates: What to Expect From Taylor, Kent and Congress

Here’s what you need to know: ImageThe hearings will start with opening statements by Representatives Adam B. Schiff, center, Democrat of California and the chairman of the Intelligence Committee, and Devin Nunes of California, the top Republican on the panel.Credit…Erin Schaff/The New York Times Nationally televised hearings give Democrats a new chance to present their […]

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What to Expect in Public Hearings on the Trump Impeachment Inquiry

Since Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced a formal impeachment inquiry in September, House investigators have conducted weeks of fact-finding largely in private to determine if President Trump abused the power of his office in his dealings with Ukraine. On Wednesday, the inquiry enters a new phase: public hearings. The Basics Who: William B. Taylor Jr., the […]

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The Man Trump Trusts for News on Ukraine

WASHINGTON — In weeks of closed-door testimony, American officials who worked in Ukraine kept circling back to the work of one journalist, John Solomon, whose articles they said appeared to have considerable currency with President Trump’s inner circle. They had never known Mr. Solomon to be an authority on Ukrainian politics before, and certainly not […]

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Let’s Talk About Bloomberg While We Still Can

Gail Collins: Congratulations, Bret. Michael Bloomberg just stuck his toe in the presidential race. I’m sure he was inspired by our last conversation in which you pleaded for a Bloomberg candidacy. I loved your argument that he had “nothing to lose except 2 percent” of his net worth. Think it’s really going to happen? Bret […]

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Testimonies From the Day the Towers Came Down

THE ONLY PLANE IN THE SKYAn Oral History of 9/11By Garrett M. Graff In the days after 9/11, a conventional wisdom took hold among the elite factions of the reflective class, the central tenet of which was that things had now “changed forever.” Irony, disaffection, superficiality, mindless consumerism, time wasting — hallmarks of blithe living […]

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To Exonerate Trump, Republicans Embrace Russian Disinformation

On Friday, House investigators released the transcript of the former National Security Council official Fiona Hill’s testimony from last month. It showed a Republican staff member trying and failing to get Hill to concede that there might be some validity to the conspiracy theories underlying Donald Trump’s demands of President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine. “Are […]

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Trump, Ukraine and Impeachment: The Inside Story of How We Got Here

WASHINGTON — Like every presidential conversation with a foreign leader, this one had scripted talking points and a predigested news release recounting an exchange yet to take place. Aides in the White House Situation Room clustered around a speaker phone, pens and pads in hand to document what they heard. At 9:03 a.m. on Thursday, […]

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Giuliani Associate Says He Gave Demand for Biden Inquiry to Ukrainians

Not long before the Ukrainian president was inaugurated in May, an associate of Rudolph W. Giuliani’s journeyed to Kiev to deliver a warning to the country’s new leadership, a lawyer for the associate said. The associate, Lev Parnas, told a representative of the incoming government that it had to announce an investigation into Mr. Trump’s […]

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The Disorienting Defenses of Donald Trump

The case for weighing the impeachment of President Trump boils down to a few simple points: In an effort to win re-election in 2020, Mr. Trump apparently attempted to extort a foreign government into announcing an investigation of his top political rival. The president did so while also trying to revive a conspiracy theory that […]

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Bolton Said to Know of ‘Many Relevant Meetings’ on Ukraine, but Will Not Testify

WASHINGTON — John R. Bolton, President Trump’s former national security adviser, knows about “many relevant meetings and conversations” connected to a pressure campaign on Ukraine that House impeachment investigators have not yet been informed of, his lawyer told lawmakers on Friday. The lawyer, Charles J. Cooper, tucked the tantalizing assertion into a letter to the […]

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Top State Dept. Official Complained of Trump’s Politicization of Ukraine Policy

WASHINGTON — The senior State Department official in charge of Ukraine told impeachment investigators last month that he was alarmed at President Trump’s insistence that Ukraine “initiate politically motivated prosecutions,” casting the effort as the kind of tactic the United States typically condemns in the world’s most corrupt countries. George P. Kent, the deputy assistant […]

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