Tag: Manafort, Paul J

Banker Accused of Arranging $16 Million in Loans to Manafort to Gain High-Level Trump Post

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] The chairman of a Chicago bank has been indicted in Manhattan on a charge that he issued millions of dollars in loans to President Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, in an effort to obtain a high-level position in […]

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Albany Closes a Loophole for Trump Pardons. Next Up: His Taxes.

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] The New York State Assembly passed a bill on Tuesday that would allow state prosecutors to pursue charges against any individual granted a presidential pardon for similar federal crimes, closing a loophole that lawmakers said could be exploited by […]

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Trump Faces Pressure From N.Y. Lawmakers Over His Tax Returns and Pardons

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] Taking aim at President Trump, New York lawmakers voted on Wednesday to allow congressional committees to seek the president’s tax returns and to close a potential loophole for those he might pardon. The two bills passed by the Democratic-controlled […]

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A Mueller Investigator Moves On (but Stays Mum)

In the span of his 22-month investigation into President Trump, Robert S. Mueller III never held a news conference. When he delivered his report to the Justice Department in March, the special counsel issued no statements. Even this week, when Attorney General William P. Barr criticized aspects of the investigation, no one from Mr. Mueller’s […]

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What Watergate Prosecutors Had That Mueller Didn’t

I served as an assistant special prosecutor on the Watergate Special Prosecution Force, and I have been frequently struck by the similarities between the investigations of Presidents Nixon and Trump. Both involved property theft from the Democratic National Committee and resulted in the criminal convictions of individuals close to the president. Presidents Nixon and Trump […]

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The Trump Campaign Conspired With the Russians. Mueller Proved It.

In his first letter after receiving the Mueller report, Attorney General William Barr accurately quoted it as saying that “the investigation did not establish” that the Trump campaign “conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities.” But the opposite is also true: The Mueller report does establish that, in fact, members […]

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Prodded by Putin, Russians Sought Back Channels to Trump Through the Business World

WASHINGTON — At 9:34 on the November morning after Donald J. Trump was elected president in 2016, Kirill Dmitriev, the head of Russia’s sovereign wealth fund and an informal envoy for President Vladimir V. Putin, sent a text message to a Lebanese-American friend with ties to the Trump campaign. Mr. Dmitriev wanted to connect quickly […]

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Mueller Report Leaves Unanswered Questions About Contacts Between Russians and Trump Aides

WASHINGTON — In the deep leather chairs of Manhattan’s luxurious Grand Havana Room late on Aug. 2, 2016, Paul Manafort, the Trump campaign chairman, met with an associate who has been linked to Russian intelligence and discussed a plan to give Moscow control over part of eastern Ukraine. “All that is required to start the […]

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Political Handlers With Trump Ties Take Their Election Playbooks to Africa

ABUJA, Nigeria — When a Nigerian presidential candidate landed in the United States in January after years of being subject to a visa ban because of corruption allegations, he had a team of Western consultants and lobbyists to thank for the warm American welcome. One of those who helped was Riva Levinson, who was mentored […]

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After Mueller Report, News Media Leaders Defend Their Work

There have been tipping points and bombshells, walls closing in and turning points. And there have been so, so many declarations of “The beginning of the end!” that the comedian John Oliver had a recurring “We got him!” segment on his late-night HBO show, complete with a jubilant marching band and sequined majorettes celebrating President […]

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Investigate the Swamp!

We are at risk of missing the most important lesson taught by the Mueller investigation. The rampant criminality it revealed suggests the desperate need to thoroughly investigate financial, political and electoral criminality in the United States. With the so-called war on drugs in remission, Mr. Mueller’s work should inspire federal and state officials to make […]

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While You Wait for Mueller

This article is part of David Leonhardt’s newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it each weekday. Yes, I know you’ve heard this before, but many observers think it’s finally true: The Mueller report seems to be coming soon. I want to step back this morning and review what Robert’s Mueller investigation (and others) […]

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Lobbying Case Against Democrat With Ties to Manafort Reaches Key Stage

WASHINGTON — A long-running federal investigation into a former White House counsel in the Obama administration is reaching a critical stage, presenting the Justice Department with a decision about whether to charge a prominent Democrat as part of a more aggressive crackdown on illegal foreign lobbying. The case involving the lawyer, Gregory B. Craig, was […]

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He Played a President on Ukrainian TV. Now He Wants the Real Thing.

KIEV, Ukraine — Before he decided to run for the presidency of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky played a president in a television series called “Servant of the People,” about a schoolteacher whose speech about corruption goes viral on YouTube and propels him to office. If opinion polls in Ukraine are even close to accurate, Mr. Zelensky, […]

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New York Today: The New York Inquiries on Trump and Manafort, Explained

[Want to get New York Today by email? Here’s the sign-up.] It’s Thursday. Happy Pi Day! (As in 3.14) Weather: Great news: It may reach 60 degrees today and tomorrow. Bad news: it may rain tomorrow. Alternate-side parking: In effect until March 21 (Purim). ImageCreditDoug Mills/The New York Times Paul Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign […]

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New York Today: Trump, Manafort and the New York Inquiries, Explained

[Want to get New York Today by email? Here’s the sign-up.] It’s Thursday. Happy Pi Day! (As in 3.14) Weather: Great news: It may reach 60 degrees today and tomorrow. Bad news: it may rain tomorrow. Alternate-side parking: In effect until March 21 (Purim). ImageCreditDoug Mills/The New York Times Paul Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign […]

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New York Charges Paul Manafort With 16 Crimes. If He’s Convicted, Trump Can’t Pardon Him.

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] Paul J. Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign chairman, has been charged in New York with mortgage fraud and more than a dozen other state felonies, the Manhattan district attorney, Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., said Wednesday, an effort to ensure […]

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Paul Manafort Faces Up to 10 Years in Second Sentencing

WASHINGTON — Paul Manafort, the president’s former campaign chairman, who was sentenced last week to 47 months in prison, faces the prospect of even more time behind bars when a federal judge in the District of Columbia sentences him on Wednesday for conspiracy. Closing out the special counsel’s highest-profile prosecution, Judge Amy Berman Jackson of […]

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