Tag: Mueller, Robert S III

In Show of Support, Trump Meets With Giuliani Over Lunch

WASHINGTON — President Trump had lunch on Saturday with Rudolph W. Giuliani amid revelations that prosecutors were investigating Mr. Giuliani for possible lobbying violations, and speculation that his position as the president’s personal lawyer was in jeopardy. The lunch, at Mr. Trump’s golf course in Sterling, Va., was among several shows of the president’s support […]

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Ruling on Trump’s Tax Returns: 5 Takeaways

On Monday, a federal judge issued a ruling that effectively ordered President Trump’s accountants to turn over eight years of his personal and corporate tax returns to the Manhattan district attorney. Mr. Trump’s lawyers immediately appealed the decision, and an appeals court temporarily blocked the ruling. So for now, the president can keep his financial […]

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Trump Is in Trouble

This article is part of David Leonhardt’s newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it each weekday. The news can feel exhausting and demoralizing right now. Each day seems to bring a new assault on the notion of democratic governance. Yesterday brought two: President Trump’s public call for China to intervene in an American […]

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Will the G.O.P. Turn Against Trump?

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Play | RadioPublic | Stitcher As evidence mounts that Donald Trump abused the power of the presidency, could members of his own party start to turn against him? This week on “The Argument,” the columnists debate Republicans’ response to […]

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41, 42 …

This article is part of David Leonhardt’s newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it each weekday. The president of the United States accused one of his congressional critics of treason yesterday morning and said that the critic should be arrested. And yet it might not even have been the most outrageous thing that […]

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Get Ready for Impeachment

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Play | RadioPublic | Stitcher Is the impeachment of Donald Trump finally just a matter of time? This week on “The Argument,” the columnists discuss how the president’s attempt to pressure a foreign government to undermine a political rival […]

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Why I Changed My Mind About Impeachment

This article is part of David Leonhardt’s newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it each weekday. Impeachment is an inherently political process. The framers designed it that way. It is the ultimate way that one branch of the federal government can hold another branch accountable. Impeachment is not like a criminal trial, in […]

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How Impeachment Shifted

This article is part of David Leonhardt’s newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it each weekday. One week ago, it was already clear that President Trump, among his many unconstitutional misdeeds, had pressured Ukraine to smear Joe Biden. And yet the chances that the House Democratic Caucus was going to impeach Trump looked […]

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Instead of ‘No Collusion!’ Trump Now Seems to Be Saying, So What if I Did?

WASHINGTON — The last time he was accused of collaborating with a foreign power to influence an election, he denied it and traveled the country practically chanting, “No collusion!” This time, he is saying, in effect, so what if I did? Even for a leader who has audaciously disregarded many of the boundaries that restrained […]

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As ‘Moscow Mitch’ Rings in His Ears, McConnell Backs Election Security

We come to praise Mitch McConnell, not to bury him. On Thursday, the Senate Appropriations Committee unanimously approved a bipartisan spending package containing $250 million to help states safeguard voting systems. Among the co-sponsors was the majority leader, Mr. McConnell, who, in a floor speech before the committee’s vote, declared himself “proud” to support the […]

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Democrats to Broaden Impeachment Inquiry Into Trump to Corruption Accusations

WASHINGTON — House Democrats return to Washington this week poised to significantly broaden their nascent impeachment inquiry into President Trump beyond the findings of the Russia investigation, but they will confront a fast-dwindling political clock. Undeterred by lackluster public support for impeachment, Democratic lawmakers and aides have sketched out a robust four-month itinerary of hearings […]

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Jacob Wohl Is Charged With a Felony in California

Jacob Wohl, a conservative operative with a large internet following who has helped orchestrate efforts to smear opponents of President Trump, was charged this week with a felony in California related to the sale of a security, according to court documents. Mr. Wohl, 21, a former blogger who has contributed to The Gateway Pundit, a […]

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Gregory Craig Acquitted on Charge of Lying to Justice Department

WASHINGTON — Gregory B. Craig, one of Washington’s most prominent Democratic lawyers, was acquitted on Wednesday of a felony charge that he lied about his work for the Ukrainian government seven years ago. The jury returned the verdict after just hours of deliberation. The case revealed how a foreign government was able to harness Washington’s […]

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Ex-White House Aide Rob Porter Is Subpoenaed in House Impeachment Inquiry

WASHINGTON — The House Judiciary Committee on Monday subpoenaed the former top White House aide Rob Porter to testify about President Trump’s efforts to impede the Russia investigation and asked a court to expedite a ruling on whether Donald F. McGahn II, the former White House counsel, must testify, pushing forward in its expansive inquiry […]

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Citing Economy, Trump Says That ‘You Have No Choice but to Vote for Me’

MANCHESTER, N.H. — President Trump doubled down on his economic argument for re-election on Thursday night amid increasing concerns about a recession, declaring that even Americans who hate him “have no choice” but to vote for him because otherwise the stock market will collapse. With markets already wobbling over fears of a slowdown amid an […]

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Jeffrey Epstein and When to Take Conspiracies Seriously

The challenge in thinking about a case like the suspicious suicide of Jeffrey Epstein, the supposed “billionaire” who spent his life acquiring sex slaves and serving as a procurer to the ruling class, can be summed up in two sentences. Most conspiracy theories are false. But often some of the things they’re trying to explain […]

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Epstein Suicide Conspiracies Show How Our Information System Is Poisoned

Even on an internet bursting at the seams with conspiracy theories and hyperpartisanship, Saturday marked a new chapter in our post-truth, “choose your own reality” crisis story. It began early Saturday morning, when news broke that disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein had apparently hanged himself in a Manhattan jail. Mr. Epstein’s death, coming just one day […]

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