Tag: Manafort, Paul J

How McKinsey Has Helped Raise the Stature of Authoritarian Governments

This year’s McKinsey & Company retreat in China was one to remember. Hundreds of the company’s consultants frolicked in the desert, riding camels over sand dunes and mingling in tents linked by red carpets. Meetings took place in a cavernous banquet hall that resembled a sultan’s ornate court, with a sign overhead to capture the […]

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Trump Inaugural Fund and Super PAC Said to Be Scrutinized for Illegal Foreign Donations

WASHINGTON — Federal prosecutors are examining whether foreigners illegally funneled donations to President Trump’s inaugural committee and a pro-Trump super PAC in hopes of buying influence over American policy, according to people familiar with the inquiry. The inquiry focuses on whether people from Middle Eastern nations — including Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab […]

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Ukraine Court Rules Manafort Disclosure Caused ‘Meddling’ in U.S. Election

MOSCOW — A court in Ukraine has ruled that officials in the country violated the law by revealing, during the 2016 presidential election in the United States, details of suspected illegal payments to Paul Manafort. In 2016, while Mr. Manafort was chairman of the Trump campaign, anti-corruption prosecutors in Ukraine disclosed that a pro-Russian political […]

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Why Does Paul Manafort Lie?

Maybe Paul Manafort simply has more chutzpah than the rest of us. Here’s a man convicted of financial fraud, facing further criminal prosecution for the lies he’s accused of telling, who makes a deal to protect himself and proceeds, according to a memo sent to a federal judge on Friday, to lie to the prosecutors. […]

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Is Mueller Building an Expansive Obstruction Case?

The court filings on Friday in the Michael Cohen and Paul Manafort cases require reading between the lines. Some lines, redacted, are missing altogether. However, what has been made public calls for reconsidering the longstanding assumptions about President Trump’s potential exposure to a charge of obstruction of justice. That discussion has been dominated by the […]

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Is This the Beginning of the End for Trump?

On Friday, federal prosecutors in Manhattan and the special counsel, Robert Mueller, delivered a potentially devastating one-two punch against President Trump. Coming late in the day, they made for bracing end-of-the-week reading. Calling on the court to impose a sentence of substantial imprisonment against Michael Cohen, the president’s former personal attorney, prosecutors in the Southern […]

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Mueller to Reveal New Details in Manafort and Cohen Inquiries

WASHINGTON — The special counsel’s office is expected to reveal more details on Friday about separate investigations that have ensnared President Trump’s personal lawyer and his former campaign chairman. Federal prosecutors working for the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, will submit a sentencing memorandum in Manhattan federal court outlining how much time Mr. Trump’s […]

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The Argument: Is Trump a Traitor?

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Apple Podcasts | RadioPublic | Stitcher | Spotify | Google Play This week on “The Argument” podcast, the columnists connect the dots on President Trump and Russia. Ross Douthat interviews special guest Susan Hennessey of the Brookings Institution about the latest revelations from Robert Mueller’s […]

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Michael Flynn, Witness for the Prosecution

It is almost a truism in criminal investigations that those who flip early and help prosecutors build their case against higher-ranking figures are shown greater leniency than those who try to gut it out. Michael Flynn, who served briefly as President Trump’s national security adviser, is Exhibit A in the special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation […]

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Manafort Tried to Broker Deal With Ecuador to Hand Assange Over to U.S.

WASHINGTON — In mid-May 2017, Paul Manafort, facing intensifying pressure to settle debts and pay mounting legal bills, flew to Ecuador to offer his services to a potentially lucrative new client — the country’s incoming president, Lenín Moreno. Mr. Manafort made the trip mainly to see if he could broker a deal under which China […]

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Robert Mueller Is No Match for Fox News

After a period of quiet, the special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation is seizing headlines yet again. In the past week, we learned that Paul Manafort, Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, broke the terms of his cooperation agreement by lying to Mr. Mueller’s investigators, all while his lawyer was briefing Mr. Trump’s legal team on what […]

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News Analysis: Mueller Exposes the Culture of Lying That Surrounds Trump

WASHINGTON — When Michael D. Cohen admitted this past week to lying to Congress about a Russian business deal, he said he had testified falsely out of loyalty to President Trump. When he admitted this summer to lying on campaign finance records about payments to cover up a sex scandal during the campaign, he said […]

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Manafort’s Fate Is Open-Ended. On This, Trump and the Mueller Team Agree.

WASHINGTON — The special counsel’s office and President Trump found themselves in rare agreement on Friday over Mr. Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort: Nothing is off the table. Prosecutors for the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, said in court that they have not decided whether to charge Mr. Manafort with additional crimes after […]

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Best of Late Night: Jimmy Fallon Says Trump Seems to Be ‘Running Out of Friends’

Welcome to Best of Late Night, a rundown of the previous night’s highlights that lets you sleep — and lets us get paid to watch comedy. If you’re interested in hearing from The Times regularly about great TV, sign up for our Watching newsletter and get recommendations straight to your inbox. ‘Running Out of Friends’? […]

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What Cohen’s Deal Means for Trump

A banner week for Robert Mueller’s investigation got even bigger on Thursday morning, when Michael Cohen, the former personal lawyer for President Trump, entered a plea deal and cooperation agreement with the special counsel. The deal may be among the biggest news in the nearly 18-month investigation: Not only does it open the door to […]

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Best of Late Night: Stephen Colbert Has a Christmas Carol for Trump

Welcome to Best of Late Night, a rundown of the previous night’s highlights that lets you sleep — and lets us get paid to watch comedy. If you’re interested in hearing from The Times regularly about great TV, sign up for our Watching newsletter and get recommendations straight to your inbox. ‘He Sees You When […]

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Trump Talks of Pardon for Manafort and Escalates Attacks on Russia Inquiry

WASHINGTON — Escalating his attacks on the special counsel investigation, President Trump said on Wednesday that a presidential pardon for his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort is “not off the table,” casting him and other subjects of the inquiry as victims of prosecutorial abuse. Although Mr. Trump had not discussed a pardon for Mr. Manafort, […]

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What Is Robert Mueller Thinking?

Since his investigation into Russian election interference began 18 months ago, the special counsel, Robert Mueller, has had very little to say. Mr. Mueller, in fact, has let court filings and appearances by his team of lawyers do all of the talking, at least publicly, as the law and facts have led to more indictments, […]

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Why Did Manafort Cooperate With Trump Over Mueller?

Two significant developments seem to have kicked Robert Mueller’s investigation into a new gear: First, prosecutors say, the former Trump campaign chairman and convicted felon Paul Manafort violated his cooperation agreement with them, and second, Mr. Manafort’s lawyers are said to have been leaking the details of that cooperation to President Trump’s legal team. On […]

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Roger Stone Sought WikiLeaks’ Plans Amid 2016 Campaign, Associate Says

WASHINGTON — An associate of the former Trump campaign adviser Roger J. Stone Jr. released documents on Tuesday showing that as the presidential campaign heated up in the summer of 2016, Mr. Stone tried to dispatch him to find out what information WikiLeaks had that could prove damaging to Hillary Clinton’s campaign. The associate, Jerome […]

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