Tag: Mueller, Robert S III

Senate Confirms William Barr as Attorney General

WASHINGTON — The Senate confirmed William P. Barr on Thursday for a second stint as attorney general, handing oversight of the Justice Department — and its ongoing investigation into links between Russia’s interference in the 2016 election and the Trump campaign — to a seasoned Republican legal hand known for his expansive view of presidential […]

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Manafort Found to Have Lied to Prosecutors While Under a Cooperation Agreement

WASHINGTON — A federal judge ruled on Wednesday that Paul Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign chairman, repeatedly lied to prosecutors after he agreed to cooperate with the special counsel’s investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election. The decision by Judge Amy Berman Jackson of United States District Court may affect the sentence she hands […]

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Screenland: When Roger Stone Flashed Nixon’s ‘V-for-Victory’

History tends to repeat itself, but we aren’t always obligated to listen. Only rarely is the repetition meaningful, the echoing theme of a grand fugue. More often it is just compulsive, like a little brother antagonizing his sister or a tiny dog yapping at the wind. The best thing to do, in such cases, is […]

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How Trump Has Hurt the Gun Lobby

Last Valentine’s Day, a year ago this Thursday, classes were wrapping up at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School when a former student with a semiautomatic rifle murdered 17 people and wounded 17 others. It so happens that this Wednesday, the House Judiciary Committee will move to advance legislation requiring background checks on all firearm sales. […]

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‘He May Not Even Be a Free Person,’ Warren Says of Trump in 2020

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — Countless Democratic leaders have urged the party not to spend the 2020 campaign tangling with President Trump over tweets and taunts. But Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts made a novel argument on Sunday for ignoring the president: he could soon be in jail. Addressing a crowd of several hundred at the […]

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In Closed Hearing, a Clue About ‘the Heart’ of Mueller’s Russia Inquiry

WASHINGTON — Of the few hints to emerge from the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, about evidence of possible collusion between President Trump’s campaign and Russia, one of the most tantalizing surfaced almost in passing in a Washington courtroom last week. Comments by one of Mr. Mueller’s lead prosecutors, disclosed in a transcript of […]

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Matthew Whitaker Says He Has Not Interfered With the Mueller Inquiry

[embedded content] Matthew G. Whitaker declined to defend the special counsel’s investigation, as his predecessor and likely successor at the Justice Department have done But Mr. Whitaker declared that he had “not interfered in any way” in the special counsel investigation and that he had provided no information to Mr. Trump or White House officials […]

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Matthew Whitaker Testifies Before House Panel: Live Updates

Matthew G. Whitaker tangled early on with committee’s chairman, Representative Jerrold Nadler of New York, over his oversight of the special counsel’s Russia investigation — at one point even informing Mr. Nadler that his five minutes were up. But Mr. Whitaker declared that he had “not interfered in any way” in the special counsel investigation […]

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After Heated Exchange, Matthew Whitaker Says He Will Testify Friday Before the House

WASHINGTON — After a heated back-and-forth, the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Jerrold Nadler, bowed to the wishes of the acting attorney general, Matthew G. Whitaker, that he not issue a subpoena while Mr. Whitaker testifies before the committee as scheduled on Friday. Earlier in the day, the Justice Department sent the committee a […]

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Prosecutors Told Judge That Manafort Might Have Lied in Hopes of a Pardon

WASHINGTON — Federal prosecutors told a judge this week that Paul Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign chairman, might have lied to them about “an extremely sensitive issue” in hopes of increasing the chances that he would be pardoned for his crimes, according to a transcript of the hearing unsealed Thursday. The heavily redacted document leaves […]

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Matthew Whitaker Says He Will Not Testify Until Subpoena Threat Is Removed by House Panel

WASHINGTON — The acting attorney general, Matthew G. Whitaker, told lawmakers on Thursday that he would not testify before the House Judiciary Committee on Friday as scheduled without a written assurance that lawmakers would not issue a subpoena for his testimony during the hearing. On Thursday morning, the committee voted to give its chairman, Representative […]

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Trump Won’t Commit to Making Mueller Report Public

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — President Trump would not commit in an interview aired Sunday to making public the results of the special counsel’s investigation into Russia’s ties to his campaign, adding that it was time to “get rid” of the inquiry. In the interview on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” Mr. Trump reiterated his belief […]

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5 Takeaways From The Times’s Interview With President Trump

WASHINGTON — President Trump wanted to talk. He initially invited A. G. Sulzberger, the publisher of The New York Times, to an off-the-record dinner. Mr. Sulzberger countered with a request for an on-the-record interview that included Times reporters. The White House accepted. Mr. Trump held forth from the Oval Office about the investigation into what […]

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Trump Says He’ll Leave Decision of Whether to Release Special Counsel’s Report to Justice Dept.

President Trump said on Wednesday that he would not intervene with the Justice Department’s decision-making process about whether to release the report by the special counsel investigating possible collusion with Russian officials in the 2016 campaign. “They’ll have to make their decision within the Justice Department,” Mr. Trump said in an Oval Office interview with […]

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House of Pain for President Trump

With the political madness of recent weeks — the shutdown and the smackdowns, the incitements and the indictments — it’s easy to forget there is much actual governing to be done by the new Congress: bills to introduce, nominees to consider and, for House Democrats in particular, oversight of the executive branch to conduct. Major […]

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Roger Stone to Appear in Court on Charges in Mueller Investigation

WASHINGTON — Roger J. Stone Jr., a longtime adviser to President Trump, will appear on Tuesday in a Washington courtroom after being charged last week with obstruction of justice, witness tampering and making false statements. He has said he will plead not guilty to the charges, brought as part of the special counsel’s investigation into […]

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Mueller Investigation Nearing Its End, Acting Attorney General Says

WASHINGTON — Matthew G. Whitaker, the acting attorney general, announced on Monday that the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller, is wrapping up his investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign and whether the Trump campaign cooperated with Moscow’s operation. “The investigation is, I think, close to being completed, and I hope that we […]

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Stone Says Text Exchanges Cited in Indictment Were Mischaracterized

Roger J. Stone Jr., a longtime adviser to President Trump, said on Sunday that he was “prepared to fight for my life” and prove his innocence in the case brought against him by the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III. Mr. Stone, who was charged on Friday with obstruction of justice, witness tampering and making […]

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A Case Against Impeachment

You could argue that the month of January has very modestly raised the odds that Donald Trump will not finish his term as president. First, the government shutdown has demonstrated that Trump’s own incompetence suffices to cost him support in the polls and in the Senate — an indication that a larger crumbling of his […]

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Op-Ed Columnist: Stone-Cold Loser

WASHINGTON — Roger Stone has always lived in a dog-eat-dog world. So it was apt that he was charged with skulduggery in part for threatening to kidnap a therapy dog, a fluffy, sweet-faced Coton de Tuléar, belonging to Randy Credico, a New York radio host. Robert Mueller believes that Credico, a pal of Julian Assange, […]

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