Tag: Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates

Why Hillary Clinton Shouldn’t Trade in Conspiracy Theories About Tulsi Gabbard

On Friday, Hillary Clinton suggested on a podcast that the Russian government might be “grooming” Democratic Representative Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii as a third-party presidential candidate and referred to the former Green Party candidate Jill Stein as “a Russian asset.” Ms. Gabbard, in response, fashioned an insult for Mrs. Clinton that seemed drawn from the […]

Read More

‘Get Over It’? Why Political Influence in Foreign Policy Matters

WASHINGTON — A July 25 call between President Trump and the president of Ukraine is the basis for an impeachment inquiry into whether Mr. Trump withheld American military aid until Ukrainian officials investigated former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and his son, Hunter. Last week the acting White House chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, […]

Read More

No, We Won’t Just ‘Get Over It’

For weeks Donald Trump and his defenders have insisted that his decision to hold up aid to Ukraine was not dependent on that nation investigating Trump’s political opponents in the United States. They all insisted that there was no quid pro quo. But, last week the acting White House chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, lifted […]

Read More

Review of Russia Inquiry Grows as F.B.I. Witnesses Are Questioned

WASHINGTON — Federal prosecutors reviewing the origins of the Russia investigation have asked witnesses pointed questions about any anti-Trump bias among former F.B.I. officials who are frequent targets of President Trump and about the earliest steps they took in the Russia inquiry, according to former officials and other people familiar with the review. The prosecutors, […]

Read More

Giuliani Mixes His Business With Role as Trump’s Lawyer

WASHINGTON — It is an extraordinary time in Washington, but it is more or less business as usual for Rudolph W. Giuliani. He is a central figure in the impeachment inquiry. He is under scrutiny by federal prosecutors. But throughout the building controversy, Mr. Giuliani has continued to represent clients, broker deals and take on […]

Read More

Turkey’s Victory Over Donald Trump

President Trump’s decision to withdraw 1,000 American troops from Syria without consulting any aides, experts or allies, and without any warning to America’s Kurdish comrades in arms, whom he placed in mortal danger, has provided chilling evidence of the danger posed by his chronic inability to appreciate a president’s responsibilities. Mr. Trump, as he always […]

Read More

Adam Schiff Is the Congressman Trump Wants You to Hate

The paradox of Adam Schiff is this: He is depicted by some Republicans as a fanatical partisan, with President Trump suggesting that he is a “radical left” “lowlife” who should be arrested for treason, yet in real life Schiff is a cerebral and mild-mannered moderate. But perhaps there’s a logic to Trump’s venom: Schiff’s mild […]

Read More

In Show of Support, Trump Meets With Giuliani Over Lunch

WASHINGTON — President Trump had lunch on Saturday with Rudolph W. Giuliani amid revelations that prosecutors were investigating Mr. Giuliani for possible lobbying violations, and speculation that his position as the president’s personal lawyer was in jeopardy. The lunch, at Mr. Trump’s golf course in Sterling, Va., was among several shows of the president’s support […]

Read More

Warren Dares Facebook With Intentionally False Political Ad

WASHINGTON — Elizabeth Warren is playing a game of dare with Facebook. The Democratic presidential candidate bought a political ad on the social network this past week that purposefully includes false claims about Facebook’s chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, and President Trump to goad the social network to remove misinformation in political ads ahead of the […]

Read More

Giuliani Is Said to Be Under Investigation for Ukraine Work

WASHINGTON — Federal prosecutors in Manhattan are investigating whether President Trump’s personal lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani broke lobbying laws in his dealings in Ukraine, according to two people familiar with the inquiry. The investigators are examining Mr. Giuliani’s efforts to undermine the American ambassador to Ukraine, Marie L. Yovanovitch, one of the people said. She […]

Read More

Giuliani’s Ukraine Team: In Search of Influence, Dirt and Money

WASHINGTON — When Rudolph W. Giuliani set out to dredge up damaging information on President Trump’s rivals in Ukraine, he turned to a native of the former Soviet republic with whom he already had a lucrative business relationship. Lev Parnas, a Ukrainian-American businessman with a trail of debts and lawsuits, had known Mr. Giuliani casually […]

Read More

Giuliani Pressed for Turkish Prisoner Swap in Oval Office Meeting

During a contentious Oval Office meeting with President Trump and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in 2017, Rudolph W. Giuliani pressed for help in securing the release of a jailed client, an Iranian-Turkish gold trader, as part of a potential prisoner swap with Turkey. The request by Mr. Giuliani provoked an immediate objection from Mr. […]

Read More

Facebook’s Hands-Off Approach to Political Speech Gets Impeachment Test

WASHINGTON — The 30-second video ad released by the Trump campaign last week is grainy, and the narrator’s voice is foreboding. Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., it says, offered Ukraine $1 billion in aid if the country pushed out the man investigating a company tied to Mr. Biden’s son. Saying it made false […]

Read More

Volodymyr Zelensky, Man in the Muddle

In April, Ukrainian voters took a desperate gamble and elected as their president a television performer who played a humble 30-something schoolteacher, Vasyl Petrovych Holoborodko, on a show called “Servant of the People.” On the show, a rant by Mr. Holoborodko against Ukraine’s culture of corruption had gone viral, capturing the mood of a young […]

Read More

G.O.P.-Led Senate Panel Affirms Russia Attacked Election, and Urges Action

WASHINGTON — As President Trump amplifies unsubstantiated claims of Ukrainian interference in the 2016 election, the Republican-led Senate Intelligence Committee reaffirmed on Tuesday that Russian operatives engaged in a widespread social media campaign to improve his chances in the race. In a report, the committee backed up the conclusions of the intelligence community, the special […]

Read More

Top Secret Russian Unit Seeks to Destabilize Europe, Security Officials Say

First came a destabilization campaign in Moldova, followed by the poisoning of an arms dealer in Bulgaria and then a thwarted coup in Montenegro. Last year, there was an attempt to assassinate a former Russian spy in Britain using a nerve agent. Though the operations bore the fingerprints of Russia’s intelligence services, the authorities initially […]

Read More

Remember When Bill Clinton Was Accused of Trading White House Access for Political Favors?

“Heard from White House — Assuming President Z convinces trump he will investigate/‘get to the bottom of what happened’ in 2016, we will nail down date for visit to Washington.” So wrote Kurt Volker, until recently President Trump’s special envoy to Ukraine, to Andrey Yermak, an adviser to Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelensky, on the morning […]

Read More

Two Candidates, Two Investigations, One Deeply Flawed Agency

DEEP STATETrump, the FBI, and the Rule of LawBy James B. Stewart During the 2016 presidential election, one of the two major candidates labored under the shadow of a criminal investigation by the F.B.I. That candidate was Hillary Clinton. As we now know, though voters had little reason to apprehend it at the time, there […]

Read More

‘We Absolutely Could Not Do That’: When Seeking Foreign Help Was Out of the Question

WASHINGTON — One day in October 1992, four Republican congressmen showed up in the Oval Office with an audacious recommendation. President George Bush was losing his re-election race, and they told him the only way to win was to hammer his challenger Bill Clinton’s patriotism for protesting the Vietnam War while in London and visiting […]

Read More

Oligarchs, as U.S. Arts Patrons, Present a Softer Image of Russia

Vladimir O. Potanin, a Russian billionaire who made his fortune in banking and natural resources, has been a donor and board member of the Guggenheim Museum since 2002. More recently he gave $6.45 million to the Kennedy Center in Washington, which used some of the money to install the “Russian Lounge,” a meeting space, in […]

Read More