Tag: Mueller, Robert S III

The Year Justice Caught Up With Trumpworld

Ever since the 2016 election, it’s been common for some people to refer to whatever year we’re in as a synonym for dystopian weirdness. (Last year, for example, CNN’s Jake Tapper tweeted “Peak 2017” about a headline saying, “US ambassador denies own comments, then denies denial.”) The world has felt continuously off-kilter, like a TV […]

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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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Maria Butina Pleads Guilty to Being Part of a Russian Effort to Influence the N.R.A. and Republicans

WASHINGTON — To the conservative Americans she courted, Maria Butina was the right kind of Russian. She loved guns and the church and networking with top officials in the National Rifle Association. She schmoozed with Republican presidential candidates, and became a supporter of Donald J. Trump. She spent Thanksgiving at a congressman’s country house, took […]

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‘His Dirty Deeds’

There have been some dark days in America in recent months, days when its astonished citizens have had reason to wonder whether its institutions and even its ideals — the Congress, the electoral process, the notion that honesty matters — had become too brittle to withstand what could seem like relentless assault. Wednesday was not […]

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While Working for Trump, Giuliani Courts Business Abroad

WASHINGTON — The special counsel’s investigation was grinding relentlessly onward, with President Trump’s former national security adviser pleading for leniency in his case and his former fixer about to be sentenced for his crimes. But Mr. Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudolph W. Giuliani, was in Manama, Bahrain, on Tuesday, meeting with the king and the interior […]

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Would Indicting Trump Be Constitutional?

The government’s recent sentencing memos regarding Michael Cohen, President Trump’s former lawyer, have prompted speculation about whether Mr. Trump himself acted unlawfully during his presidential campaign. The possibility of such criminal conduct has, in turn, renewed an old debate about whether it would be constitutional to indict a sitting United States president. Although it’s unlikely […]

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Michael Cohen, Trump’s Ex-Lawyer Who Implicated Him in Hush-Money Scandal, Faces Sentencing

Michael D. Cohen, the former lawyer for President Trump, is to be sentenced on Wednesday morning for his role in a hush-money scandal that could threaten Mr. Trump’s presidency by implicating him in a scheme to buy the silence of two women who said they had affairs with him. The sentencing, at 11 a.m. in […]

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The Presidency or Prison

Donald Trump — or, as he’s known to federal prosecutors, Individual-1 — might well be a criminal. That’s no longer just my opinion, or that of Democratic activists. It is the finding of Trump’s own Justice Department. On Friday, federal prosecutors from the Southern District of New York filed a sentencing memorandum for Michael Cohen, […]

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The Dangers of Doing Favors for Donald Trump

The other day, a White House reporter asked the president why, if Michael Cohen was, as President Trump put it, “a weak person and a not too smart person,” then why had he hired him? “Because a long time ago, he did me a favor,” Mr. Trump replied. Mr. Trump didn’t say what the favor […]

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Done With Michael Cohen, Federal Prosecutors Shift Focus to Trump Family Business

When federal prosecutors recommended a substantial prison term for President Trump’s former lawyer, Michael D. Cohen, they linked Mr. Trump to the crimes Mr. Cohen had committed in connection with the 2016 presidential campaign. What the prosecutors did not say in Mr. Cohen’s sentencing memorandum filed on Friday, however, is that they have continued to […]

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‘S.N.L’: Robert De Niro Returns to Haunt Eric Trump as Robert Mueller

If a stack of documents released on Friday by the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, and by federal prosecutors in New York were too much to keep up with, why not conclude your week with a bedtime story in the company of Eric Trump and Donald Trump Jr.? “Saturday Night Live” opened this week’s […]

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Prosecutors’ Narrative Is Clear: Trump Defrauded Voters. But What Does It Mean?

WASHINGTON — The latest revelations by prosecutors investigating President Trump and his team draw a portrait of a candidate who personally directed an illegal scheme to manipulate the 2016 election and whose advisers had more contact with Russia than Mr. Trump has ever acknowledged. In the narrative that the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, […]

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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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As Flynn Case Winds Down, Investigation of Turkish Lobbying Persists

WASHINGTON — Federal prosecutors in Virginia are investigating a secret Turkish lobbying effort that once involved Michael T. Flynn, the former national security adviser, even as Mr. Flynn’s role in the special counsel’s investigation winds down, according to people familiar with the inquiry. Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel, had been handling the case […]

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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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Best of Late Night: Stephen Colbert Wonders Why Michael Cohen Is Feeling So Helpful

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. Cohen’s Gamble Stephen Colbert […]

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Flynn Was a Key Cooperator and Deserves Little Prison Time, Mueller Team Says

WASHINGTON — Michael T. Flynn, President Trump’s first national security adviser, helped substantially with the special counsel’s investigation and should receive little to no prison time for lying to federal investigators, according to court documents filed on Tuesday. Prosecutors for the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, described Mr. Flynn as a key cooperator who […]

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Best of Late Night: Jimmy Fallon Mocks Trump’s ‘Very Cool’ Dealings With Russia

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. ‘Like a Stoner Who […]

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