Tag: Mueller, Robert S III

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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Look at the Mueller Report as a Detective Story. It Will Blow Your Mind.

When the Mueller report was released, commentators reviewed it not only as a political and legal work but also as another genre: literature. In The Washington Post, Carlos Lozada described the report as “the best book by far on the workings of the Trump presidency.” Michiko Kakutani wrote in The Columbia Journalism Review that it […]

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Justice Dept. Declined to Prosecute Comey Over Memos About Trump

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department declined to prosecute the former F.B.I. director James B. Comey after determining that two memos he wrote about his interactions with President Trump contained classified information and examining whether he mishandled the documents, according to people familiar with the matter. The F.B.I. upgraded the memos to confidential — the lowest […]

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Is Impeachment Finally Happening?

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Play | RadioPublic | Stitcher Did Robert Mueller’s testimony before Congress bring Democrats any closer to impeaching President Trump? This week on “The Argument,” the columnists debate the fallout from the former special counsel’s testimony. House Democrats’ coy approach […]

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Fight Night, er, Debate Night: Biden vs. the World

Well, you can’t say the Democratic debates were entirely dreary. On Wednesday everybody looked forward to the meeting of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, who had tortured him so effectively in Debate 1. And instantly — controversy! “Go easy on me, kid,” Biden told Harris when they shook hands. Either it was return of nice-guy […]

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America’s Intelligence Chief Must Value Honesty Over Politics

Before President Trump picked Dan Coats to be the director of national intelligence, Mr. Coats spent 24 years in Washington as a member of the House and the Senate from Indiana, serving long stints on both the Senate Intelligence Committee and the Senate Armed Services Committee. He had also been ambassador to Germany. His predecessors […]

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An Impeachment Inquiry Is Coming. It Might Have Already Begun.

Last Wednesday, after Robert Mueller’s terse and sometimes halting congressional testimony, conventional wisdom quickly congealed: Mueller’s performance had made Donald Trump’s impeachment far less likely. “Robert S. Mueller III’s disastrous testimony has taken the wind out of the sails of the Democratic impeachment drive,” wrote Marc Thiessen in The Washington Post. CNN’s Chris Cillizza declared […]

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Spare Me the Purity Racket

WASHINGTON — After I interviewed Nancy Pelosi a few weeks ago, The HuffPost huffed that we were Dreaded Elites because we were eating chocolates and — horror of horrors — the speaker had on some good pumps. Then this week, lefty Twitter erected a digital guillotine because I had a book party for my friend […]

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Impeachment Calls and a Booker-Biden Fight: This Week in the 2020 Race

Every Saturday morning, we’re publishing “This Week in the 2020 Race”: a quick way to catch up on the presidential campaign and the field of 24 candidates for the Democratic nomination. One way to respond to Mueller? Print T-shirts In testimony before two House committees on Wednesday, Robert S. Mueller III, the former special counsel, […]

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The Mueller Fantasy Comes Crashing Down

Robert Mueller’s congressional testimony this week was revealing, but not for what it told us about the Trump campaign’s associations with Russia. In the hours and days after Mr. Mueller gave his opening statement before the House Judiciary Committee, it became clear how tenaciously many liberals and progressives are clinging to fantasy — not just […]

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The Reviews of ‘Les Muellerables’ Are In, and Late Night’s Got Them

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. ‘Les Muellerables’ Late-night hosts […]

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Mueller’s Skepticism of Trump’s Truthfulness Heightens Impeachment Debate

WASHINGTON — In late summer 2016, after WikiLeaks had published its first tranche of stolen Democratic emails, Donald J. Trump received a phone call while riding to La Guardia Airport and then told an aide that more damaging releases were coming. But Mr. Trump denied to the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, that he […]

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Mueller Testimony Deepens Democratic Divide on Impeachment

WASHINGTON — Robert S. Mueller III’s long-awaited testimony has inflamed divisions among Democrats over impeachment, with some senior lawmakers pushing on Thursday to begin formal impeachment hearings soon, and vulnerable moderates pleading that the party needed to rest its case against President Trump. Liberal House members who have been agitating for impeachment were buoyed by […]

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Stop Trying to Make Mueller Happen

One day, browsing Tinder, imagine that you come upon the profile of an obese, orange-haired real estate magnate and proud, raging racist. The first line of his bio: “Mexicans are rapists.” Formative business experience: Not renting to blacks. One of his profile pictures is a hand drawing of the continent of Africa across which he […]

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Mueller? Mueller? Special Counsel’s Testimony Falls Short in TV Ratings

Television’s Trump bump may be fading. Or perhaps the reticent witness — a career prosecutor who delivered terse, technical answers — was not the type to keep Americans tuned in for a marathon day of viewing. Whatever the reason, the ratings for Robert S. Mueller III’s congressional testimony on Wednesday failed to match the big […]

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Robert Mueller’s Warning About Russia

To the Editor: Re “Mueller Defends Inquiry and Says Russia Isn’t Done” (front page, July 25): Robert Mueller’s congressional testimony on Wednesday was a sober reminder that there was another significant player in the 2016 presidential election besides Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. It was the Russian government. In “sweeping and systematic fashion,” from using […]

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Lack of Electricity in Mueller Testimony Short-Circuits Impeachment

WASHINGTON — President Trump was probably never going to be impeached by the House of Representatives before the 2020 election. The testimony by Robert S. Mueller III, the former special counsel, makes that a near certainty. The absence of an electrifying Washington moment in Wednesday’s two-stage testimony by Mr. Mueller not only deprived Democrats of […]

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Asked to Put On a Show, Mueller Wishes You’d Read the Book

It is a perennial question for TV programmers, from “The Thorn Birds” to “The Handmaid’s Tale”: How do you successfully adapt a big book for the screen? The further challenge of the congressional committees questioning the former special counsel Robert S. Mueller III on Wednesday was that the book in question — Mr. Mueller’s two-volume […]

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