Tag: Presidential Election of 2016

Mulvaney Called Trump a ‘Terrible Human Being’ in 2016

Mick Mulvaney, President Trump’s pick to be acting White House chief of staff, described Mr. Trump in 2016 as a “terrible human being” who had said “disgusting and indefensible” things about women on the infamous “Access Hollywood” recording. Mr. Mulvaney, a former Republican congressman, made the comments in a debate with his Democratic challenger in […]

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Cohen Says ‘Of Course’ Trump Knew Hush Payments to Women Were Wrong

WASHINGTON — President Trump’s former lawyer and fixer Michael D. Cohen said he knew arranging payments during the campaign to quiet two women who claimed to have had affairs with the candidate was wrong. He said Mr. Trump knew it was wrong at the time, too. “Of course,” Mr. Cohen said, when asked by the […]

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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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Trump Says Cohen Failed Him as His Lawyer and Blames Him for Campaign Finance Violations

WASHINGTON — President Trump reacted angrily on Thursday to the relatively short prison sentence for his longtime personal attorney and fixer, Michael D. Cohen, and said Mr. Cohen failed him as his lawyer because he should have known about campaign finance law. Mr. Cohen was sentenced to three years in prison on Wednesday, related to […]

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The Robots Have Descended on Trump Country

The growing use of work robots and the deployment of artificial intelligence have been most disruptive in just those areas of the country that provided President Trump with crucial margins of support in 2016. In a paper that was published earlier this year, “Robots and Jobs: Evidence from U.S. Labor Markets,” Daron Acemoglu and Pascual […]

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Ukraine Court Rules Manafort Disclosure Caused ‘Meddling’ in U.S. Election

MOSCOW — A court in Ukraine has ruled that officials in the country violated the law by revealing, during the 2016 presidential election in the United States, details of suspected illegal payments to Paul Manafort. In 2016, while Mr. Manafort was chairman of the Trump campaign, anti-corruption prosecutors in Ukraine disclosed that a pro-Russian political […]

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Prosecutors Announce Deal With Tabloid Company in Trump Hush-Money Inquiry

Federal prosecutors took a major step on Wednesday in their investigation of hush-money payments made to two women who said they had affairs with Donald J. Trump, announcing that The National Enquirer’s parent company was cooperating. The company, American Media Inc., the country’s biggest tabloid publisher, played an important role in a scheme to keep […]

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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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‘A Simple Private Transaction’: Trump Lays Out a Defense in a Campaign-Finance Case

WASHINGTON — President Trump defended himself on Monday against prosecutors’ accusation that he directed illegal payments ahead of the 2016 election to two women to stay silent about alleged extramarital affairs with him, insisting that the payments were “a simple private transaction” — not election-related spending subject to campaign-finance laws. In a pair of early-morning […]

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Maria Butina, Russian Accused of Trying to Influence Conservatives, Poised to Plead Guilty

WASHINGTON — Federal prosecutors appear to have struck a plea deal with Maria Butina, the Russian woman accused of running a secret campaign to influence powerful American conservatives, according to court papers filed Monday. The prosecutors and Ms. Butina’s lawyers jointly requested a hearing for Ms. Butina to change her plea. The move is almost […]

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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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The Surprisingly Normal Reason Trump Wants a New Chief of Staff

ImageJohn Kelly, the outgoing chief of staff, with President Trump and Melania Trump at an Independence Day picnic for military families outside the White House on July 4.CreditBrendan Smialowski/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images True or not, everything under President Trump feels like it has been more bumpy than for any of his predecessors in the […]

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Surviving a Criminal Presidency

ImagePresident Donald Trump arrives at Kansas City, Mo., on Friday to deliver remarks at the 2018 Project Safe Neighborhoods National Conference.CreditSarah Silbiger/The New York Times It is very possible that the president of the United States is a criminal. And it is very possible that his criminality aided and abetted his assumption of the position. […]

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Mediator: Trump’s Tawdry Tabloid Sagas Reveal Weightier Themes

Audiences gravitated to the scores of articles and cable news segments about Donald J. Trump, Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal for an undeniable reason: Sex sells. But there was something more important lurking beneath the salacious surface of the stories about the president’s alleged past encounters with a porn star and a former Playboy model. […]

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Highlights of Comey Testimony: He Likes Mueller, but They’re Not Best Friends

Has James B. Comey, the former director of the F.B.I., ever hugged and kissed the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III? President Trump, who fired Mr. Comey in May 2017, said in September he could produce more than 100 photographs of such affection. In testimony behind closed doors before the House Judiciary and House Oversight […]

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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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