Tag: Mueller, Robert S III

As Democrats Agonize, G.O.P. Is at Peace With Doing Nothing on Mueller’s Findings

WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans see the special counsel’s report — with its stark evidence that President Trump repeatedly impeded the investigation into Russian election interference — as a summons for collective inaction. Republicans in the upper chamber, who would serve as Mr. Trump’s jury if House Democrats were to impeach him, reacted to the report’s […]

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On Washington: Trump’s Stonewalling Takes Clash Between Branches to a New Level

WASHINGTON — President Trump is definitely building a wall — but it is between the White House and the House of Representatives. In the aftermath of Robert S. Mueller III’s report, the White House has quickly assumed a defiant, hard-line stance that it will not respect subpoenas and demands for information from various House committees […]

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The Argument: Is It Time to Impeach Trump?

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Play | RadioPublic | Stitcher This week on “The Argument,” what should Democrats do after the release of Robert Mueller’s (redacted) report? David Leonhardt thinks the report reveals a man unfit to serve as president, even if impeaching him […]

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News Analysis: Victor or Victim? Trump’s Changing Response to Mueller Report

WASHINGTON — The day after the special counsel delivered his report to the Justice Department, President Trump was ecstatic. He claimed vindication. When he walked into the dining room of his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida, according to someone there, guests rose to their feet to give him a standing ovation. A month later, the president’s […]

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Mueller Report Reveals Trump’s Fixation on Using Law Enforcement to Target a Rival

WASHINGTON — Attorney General Jeff Sessions had a tenuous hold on his job when President Trump called him at home in the middle of 2017. The president had already blamed him for recusing himself from investigations related to the 2016 election, sought his resignation and belittled him in private and on Twitter. Now, Mr. Trump […]

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News Analysis: Victor or Victim? Trump Shifts Response to Mueller Report

WASHINGTON — The day after the special counsel delivered his report to the Justice Department, President Trump was ecstatic. He claimed vindication. When he walked into the dining room of his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida, according to someone there, guests rose to their feet to give him a standing ovation. A month later, the president’s […]

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Democrats Ask and Trump Says No, Signaling a Bitter Fight Ahead

WASHINGTON — President Trump’s administration foreshadowed weeks, if not months, of trench warfare with Congress on Tuesday as it defied demands for documents and testimony on multiple fronts in an effort to thwart expanding investigations mounted by House Democrats. While Democrats debated the merits of pursuing impeachment against Mr. Trump, his advisers signaled that the […]

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Did Trump Obstruct Justice? Mueller Didn’t Say, but Left a Trail to the Answer

WASHINGTON — The report by Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel, explored about a dozen episodes in which President Trump’s actions raised concerns about obstruction of justice. Mr. Mueller stopped short of concluding whether Mr. Trump committed that crime, but the report made clear that others can use the evidence to make that call. […]

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Is Obstruction an Impeachable Offense? History Says Yes

WASHINGTON — President Trump has been consulting the Constitution. In a Twitter post on Monday, he recited part of Article II, Section 4, the provision that allows Congress to remove federal officials who commit “treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors.” Mr. Trump wrote that he had done none of those things: “There were […]

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Jared Kushner Dismisses Russian Election Interference as ‘Couple of Facebook Ads’

WASHINGTON — Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, on Tuesday dismissed Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential campaign as a “couple of Facebook ads” and said the investigation of it was far more damaging to the country than the intrusion itself. “You look at what Russia did — you know, buying some Facebook […]

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The Surprising Place Mueller Found Resistance to Trump

Nearly everyone interprets the exhaustive, nearly 450-page report from Robert Mueller as a story of presidential overreach. Convinced that Mr. Mueller’s investigation would embarrass his administration by revealing the extent of Russian influence on the 2016 election, President Trump attempted to undermine the special counsel’s probe. But the report is actually a story of presidential […]

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Trump and Allies Ramp Up Attacks as McGahn Emerges as Chief Witness in Mueller Report

WASHINGTON — Donald F. McGahn II arrived in a windowless conference room in southwest Washington in November 2017 to meet for the first time with the special counsel’s investigators. He was the White House counsel at the time and he was reluctant to answer their questions for fear that President Trump would one day blame […]

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The Lure of Impeachment

Donald Trump may not have conspired with the Russian government to influence the 2016 election, but the Mueller report still shows a president with criminal disregard for the rule of law and constitutional government. And arguably it suggests that Congress should address this in accordance with what the report reminds us is “our constitutional system […]

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White House Memo: To Defend Against a Mercurial Boss, Trump Aides Wield the Pen as Shield

WASHINGTON — President Trump glanced around the room and noticed Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, then his national security adviser, with his head bent over a notebook, scribbling something down. General McMaster was a prolific note-taker, recording details for later reference, a practice that hardly seemed unusual to someone in charge of a sprawling national security […]

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Giuliani Says There Is ‘Nothing Wrong With Taking Information From Russians’

PALM BEACH, Fla. — President Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudolph W. Giuliani, insisted on Sunday that it was acceptable for a political campaign to use hacked information about its opponent obtained from a foreign adversary — though he personally would have advised against it. “There’s nothing wrong with taking information from Russians,” Mr. Giuliani said on […]

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Why It Matters That Trump and Michael Cohen Had a Falling Out

Fixer. The title wasn’t a formal one, but Michael D. Cohen wholeheartedly embraced the role as a lawyer at the Trump Organization. It amounted to serving as chief problem solver for Donald J. Trump, offering Mr. Cohen an unusually up-close view of his boss’s personal and professional lives. Mr. Cohen was often at Mr. Trump’s […]

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Catching Up on the Mueller Report: What’s Next?

A report of more than 400 pages detailing the investigation led by the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, revealed the scope of an ambitious Russian campaign to sabotage the 2016 presidential election and explored whether President Trump engaged in acts of obstruction to impede the investigation. The report, which the Justice Department redacted before […]

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Op-Ed Columnist: The Ego Maniac in the Oval Is ‘Exonerated’

WASHINGTON — When it comes to presidential obstruction, at least Watergate started with a crime. A stupid crime, but a crime. After 675 days, more than 2,800 subpoenas, nearly 500 search warrants, $30 million spent, endless jaw-jaw on cable and countless whiny Trump tweets, we have come down to one fundamental truth. And it’s the […]

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The Mueller Exposé

Roughly four thousand, two hundred and twenty-seven Trump-era news cycles ago, there was a rather famous book called “Fire and Fury.” The author, Michael Wolff, used an interesting tactic to gain access to the Trump White House: He allowed his subjects, the president included, to believe that he was going to write a positive account […]

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