Tag: Putin, Vladimir V

Prodded by Putin, Russians Sought Back Channels to Trump Through the Business World

WASHINGTON — At 9:34 on the November morning after Donald J. Trump was elected president in 2016, Kirill Dmitriev, the head of Russia’s sovereign wealth fund and an informal envoy for President Vladimir V. Putin, sent a text message to a Lebanese-American friend with ties to the Trump campaign. Mr. Dmitriev wanted to connect quickly […]

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The Great Russian Heist of 2016

The report of the special counsel Robert Mueller leaves considerable space for partisan warfare over the role of President Trump and his political campaign in Russia’s interference in the 2016 election. But one conclusion is categorical: “The Russian government interfered in the 2016 presidential election in sweeping and systematic fashion.” That may sound like old […]

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How Barr and Trump Use a Russian Disinformation Tactic

On Nov. 9, 2016, according to the Mueller report, some redacted figure wrote to a Russian regime crony, “Putin has won.” Based on the assessment of the intelligence community and the findings of Robert Mueller, President Vladimir Putin of Russia did indeed succeed in his efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election on behalf of […]

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Mueller Hints at a National-Security Nightmare

The Mueller report isn’t actually close to a full account of the investigation by the special counsel, Robert Mueller. That’s not just because of the redactions. When he was hired, Mr. Mueller inherited supervision of a F.B.I. counterintelligence investigation. That is the missing piece of the Mueller report. President Trump may claim “exoneration” on a […]

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North Korea’s Latest Weapons Test: Short in Range but Long in Message

SEOUL, South Korea — Kim Jong-un’s test of what analysts said could be a new short-range guided or cruise missile shows the North Korean leader reverting to saber rattling as he seeks to end sanctions that are derailing his hopes of rejuvenating the North’s economy. Embarrassed at home by the failure to reach a peace […]

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Maybe We’ll Be Better Off With a Clown as President

“No Promises, No Excuses!” Such is the only political message of the comedian who could soon lead one of Europe’s largest countries. That outcome may seem absurd. Yet it could be an opportunity. Volodymyr Zelensky scored a spectacular victory in the first round of Ukraine’s presidential election on March 31, winning some 30 percent of […]

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A New Egyptian Power Play

As President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi of Egypt prepares constitutional changes that could keep him in power until 2034 and enhance military control over the country, President Trump is preparing to welcome him to the White House. This is the second time Mr. Trump will bestow this diplomatic gift on Mr. el-Sisi, one of the most […]

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News Analysis: Trump, Putin and a Possible ‘Red-Line Moment’ in Venezuela

WASHINGTON — During his presidential campaign, Donald Trump often complained about how President Barack Obama drew red lines that he never enforced, and how a diminished America let Russia walk into Syria unchallenged, something he said would not happen if the Russian leader respected the United States president. Now, in Venezuela, President Trump is facing […]

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On ‘S.N.L.,’ Mueller, Barr and Trump Interpret the Final Report Very Differently

While the rest of the nation waits to learn if it will ever get to read the final report of the special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, and debates whether a recent letter written by Attorney General William P. Barr provided an adequate overview of the two-year investigation and its results, “Saturday Night Live” is […]

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Russians Always Knew There Was No Collusion

MOSCOW — Russians weren’t waiting for Robert Mueller’s report with quite the same excitement as Americans. Russian state media’s coverage of Donald Trump’s campaign and presidency has vacillated between breathless adoration, mockery and outrage, but one thing has been consistent: The idea of Russia electing and controlling an American president always been deemed absurd. Most […]

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Nonfiction: Unraveling the Putin Enigma

PUTIN’S WORLD Russia Against the West and With the Rest By Angela E. Stent Russia has always been important to American diplomats, but rarely has it troubled civilians as much as it does now. The precise extent of the Kremlin’s intervention in the 2016 presidential election remains disputed, but few would deny that its foreign […]

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Is Trump Keyser Söze — Or Inspector Clouseau?

Maybe we’ve had this all wrong. Maybe Donald Trump isn’t just some two-bit con artist who lucked his way into the White House thanks to an overconfident opponent. Or a second-rate demagogue with a rat-like instinct for arousing his base’s baser emotions and his enemies’ knee-jerk reactions. Or a dimwit mistaken for an oracle, like […]

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The Real Trump-Russia Quid Pro Quo

Collusion — or a lack of it — turns out to have been the rhetorical trap that ensnared President Trump’s pursuers. There was no need for detailed electoral collusion between the Trump campaign and Vladimir Putin’s oligarchy because they had an overarching deal: the quid of help in the campaign against Hillary Clinton for the […]

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Collusion Was a Seductive Delusion

On a bitter night nearly two-and-a-half squandered years ago, Donald Trump was duly elected the 45th president of the United States of America. His victory was a political scandal, a democratic emergency and a moral shame — but as Robert Mueller seems to have concluded after a definitive investigation, Mr. Trump’s win was not the […]

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No Criminal Collusion. Lots of Corruption.

The Mueller investigation is over, and the only people close to Donald Trump who have been criminally charged are his former campaign chairman, former deputy campaign chairman, former personal lawyer, former national security adviser, former campaign foreign policy adviser and Roger Stone, the president’s longtime friend and strategist. The report written by the special counsel […]

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Three Takeaways From the Barr Report

This article is part of David Leonhardt’s newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it each weekday. There’s a lot of discussion about what the Mueller report says. But almost none of it is based on the actual report. It’s based on the Barr letter. And the Barr letter is not an objective summary […]

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Russians Hope Mueller Report Opens Door to Improved U.S. Ties

MOSCOW — There was crowing in Russia on Monday that the special counsel’s investigation did not find coordination between Moscow and the Trump campaign in 2016, but optimism about improved relations was tempered by the report’s extensive focus on Russian meddling in the presidential election. Official reaction to a summary of Robert S. Mueller III’s […]

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No Collusion, No ‘Exoneration’

On its face, the letter that Attorney General William Barr sent to Congress on Sunday afternoon, summarizing the key findings of the special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, is good news, not just for President Trump. According to Mr. Barr’s four-page summary, Mr. Mueller and his team were unable to establish that anyone connected to […]

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