Tag: Russia

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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Giuliani Attacks McGahn’s Account to Mueller

WASHINGTON — President Trump’s lawyer, Rudolph W. Giuliani, attacked the credibility of a former White House counsel on Friday, saying his account of how Mr. Trump told him to remove the special counsel was inaccurate. Mr. Giuliani’s statement was the most extensive pushback by the president’s lawyers against the former counsel, Donald F. McGahn II, […]

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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 Did His Job. Now It’s the Democrats’ Turn.

In 2017, a brilliant visual effects expert created a video montage called “It’s Mueller Time! Trump Administration Season Ending.” Set to crooning of the 1963 song “From Russia With Love,” it shows F.B.I. agents rounding up the central figures who brought us Donald Trump’s presidency, culminating in Trump himself being led away with hands behind […]

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Mueller Report Reveals How Black Activists, White Tears and Racism Helped Trump Become President

Image: iStock Hidden in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s now-public but heavily-redacted “Report On The Investigation Into Russian Interference in the 2016 Presidential Election” is a trove of information concerning the plot to use black grassroots organizations to help Donald Trump become America’s 45th president. The report opens by recounting Russia’s initial intent, which was to […]

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Is Trump for Detente or Militarism? – A Talk with Stephen Cohen

Yves here. It is quite distressing to see the Mueller report take up as if it were settled fact the idea that Russia influenced the 2016 Presidential election, particularly since his investigation didn’t provide any information that supported this theory. So this Real News Network interview with professor Stephen Cohen provides a badly-needed counterpoint. Please […]

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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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On Washington: Mueller Findings Kick Off a Political Tug of War That’s Only Just Beginning

WASHINGTON — Minutes after the Justice Department released the special counsel’s report on the inquiry into Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible obstruction of justice by President Trump, Representative Kevin McCarthy, the House Republican leader, delivered his own verdict: Case closed. “It is time to move on,” Mr. McCarthy said in a rapid-fire […]

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Yes, Collusion

Over the course of Donald Trump’s presidency, “no collusion” has become a mantra, rivaling only “Make America Great Again” as a motto and, at times, an organizing principle. The president and his defenders have uttered the phrase hundreds of times. For Trump, “no collusion” is a shield—proof the Russia inquiry that has dogged his presidency […]

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Mueller Left Open the Door to Charging Trump After He Leaves Office

WASHINGTON — For nearly two years, President Trump’s lawyers and defenders have argued that it was impossible for him to illegally obstruct the Russia investigation, no matter his intentions, because he has full authority over federal law enforcement as head of the executive branch. But in his highly anticipated report, Robert S. Mueller III rejected […]

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Mueller Report Reveals Trump’s Efforts to Thwart Russian Inquiry

WASHINGTON — Robert S. Mueller III revealed a frantic, monthslong effort by President Trump to thwart the investigation into Russia’s 2016 election interference, cataloging in a report released on Thursday the attempts by Mr. Trump to escape an inquiry that imperiled his presidency from the start. The much-anticipated report laid out how a team of […]

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Mueller Left Open the Door to Charging Trump After He Left Office

WASHINGTON — For nearly two years, President Trump’s lawyers and defenders have argued that it was impossible for him to illegally obstruct the Russia investigation, no matter his intentions, because he has full authority over federal law enforcement as head of the executive branch. But in his highly anticipated report, Robert S. Mueller III rejected […]

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Mueller Reveals Trump’s Efforts to Thwart Russian Inquiry in Highly Anticipated Report

WASHINGTON — Robert S. Mueller III revealed a frantic, monthslong effort by President Trump to thwart the investigation into Russia’s 2016 election interference, cataloging in a report released on Thursday the attempts by Mr. Trump to escape an inquiry that imperiled his presidency from the start. The much-anticipated report laid out how a team of […]

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Mueller Report Release: What We Know So Far

Mr. Mueller examined 10 actions by President Trump to determine whether he sought to obstruct justice but could not reach a conclusion “based on the facts and the applicable legal standards.” While he found a concerted effort by Russia to interfere in the 2016 election, Mr. Mueller established no criminal conspiracy between Mr. Trump’s campaign […]

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Don’t Trust Barr. Verify His Redactions.

The schedule for Thursday said there was a news conference by the attorney general. But there was no news to share, and William Barr behaved more like the president’s defense attorney than the nation’s top law-enforcement officer. Releasing a censored version of the report compiled by the special counsel Robert Mueller is an important first […]

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Here’s the Mueller Report

Photo: Chip Somodevilla (Getty) The Department of Justice finally released a redacted version of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian meddling in the 2016 election Thursday morning. You can read the full report embedded below. Read the juiciest bits of the report here: The Juiciest Bits From the Mueller Report [UPDATING] Well. It’s finally […]

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What to Watch For Today in the Mueller Report

The Justice Department plans to send Congress on late Thursday morning a redacted version of the report. Attorney General William P. Barr has scheduled a news conference for 9:30 a.m., before the report is sent, when he will likely be questioned about his contacts with the White House about Mr. Mueller’s findings and any redactions […]

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Emboldened by His Attorney General, Trump Confronts Mueller Report Head-On

WASHINGTON — The case was closed for President Trump on March 24, the day Attorney General William P. Barr delivered to Congress his four-page summary of the special counsel’s 300-plus page report. “No Collusion, No Obstruction, Complete and Total EXONERATION,” Mr. Trump wrote on Twitter that day. And in the weeks that followed, the president’s […]

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Assange Arrest and Extradition Round-Up

By Lambert Strether of Corrente Julian Assange was arrested yesterday by British police, at the Ecuadorian embassy in London where he had been staying for the last seven years, having been granted political asylum (recently revoked[1]) by the Ecuadorian government. The ostensible reason for his arrest was breaching his bail conditions for a suit brought […]

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