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

McCabe Says Justice Dept. Officials Had Discussions About Pushing Trump Out

WASHINGTON — Andrew G. McCabe, the former deputy F.B.I. director, said in an interview aired on Thursday that top Justice Department officials became so alarmed by President Trump’s decision in May 2017 to fire James B. Comey, the bureau’s director, that they discussed whether to recruit cabinet members to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove […]

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Senate Confirms William Barr as Attorney General

WASHINGTON — The Senate confirmed William P. Barr on Thursday for a second stint as attorney general, handing oversight of the Justice Department — and its ongoing investigation into links between Russia’s interference in the 2016 election and the Trump campaign — to a seasoned Republican legal hand known for his expansive view of presidential […]

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McCabe Says Justice Officials Discussed Recruiting Cabinet Members to Push Trump Out of Office

WASHINGTON — Andrew G. McCabe, the former deputy F.B.I. director, said in an interview aired on Thursday that top Justice Department officials were so alarmed by President Trump’s decision in May 2017 to fire James B. Comey, the bureau’s director, that they discussed whether to recruit cabinet members to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove […]

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Manafort Found to Have Lied to Prosecutors While Under a Cooperation Agreement

WASHINGTON — A federal judge ruled on Wednesday that Paul Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign chairman, repeatedly lied to prosecutors after he agreed to cooperate with the special counsel’s investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election. The decision by Judge Amy Berman Jackson of United States District Court may affect the sentence she hands […]

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Barr Clears Key Hurdle for Confirmation as Attorney General

WASHINGTON — William P. Barr on Tuesday cleared a crucial hurdle for his nomination as attorney general, virtually assuring his confirmation this week to take over the Justice Department — and oversee the investigation into links between the Trump campaign and Russia’s election-manipulation operations. The Senate voted largely along party lines, 55 to 44, to […]

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How Trump Has Hurt the Gun Lobby

Last Valentine’s Day, a year ago this Thursday, classes were wrapping up at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School when a former student with a semiautomatic rifle murdered 17 people and wounded 17 others. It so happens that this Wednesday, the House Judiciary Committee will move to advance legislation requiring background checks on all firearm sales. […]

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‘He May Not Even Be a Free Person,’ Warren Says of Trump in 2020

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — Countless Democratic leaders have urged the party not to spend the 2020 campaign tangling with President Trump over tweets and taunts. But Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts made a novel argument on Sunday for ignoring the president: he could soon be in jail. Addressing a crowd of several hundred at the […]

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In Closed Hearing, a Clue About ‘the Heart’ of Mueller’s Russia Inquiry

WASHINGTON — Of the few hints to emerge from the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, about evidence of possible collusion between President Trump’s campaign and Russia, one of the most tantalizing surfaced almost in passing in a Washington courtroom last week. Comments by one of Mr. Mueller’s lead prosecutors, disclosed in a transcript of […]

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Oversight, Not Overreach

For some weeks, President Trump has been in a swivet about “presidential harassment” — or, as the practice is more commonly known, congressional oversight of the executive branch. He was up before dawn on Thursday, tweeting that the House Intelligence Committee’s new inquiry into his financial dealings with foreign actors constituted “Unlimited Presidential Harassment.” So […]

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Matthew Whitaker Says He Has Not Interfered in the Mueller Investigation

WASHINGTON — Matthew G. Whitaker, the acting attorney general, told Congress on Friday that he had “not interfered in any way with the special counsel’s investigation” into Russia’s 2016 election-manipulation operation since President Trump installed him atop the Justice Department. During an often contentious oversight hearing before the House Judiciary Committee, Mr. Whitaker also testified […]

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Matthew Whitaker Says He Has Not Interfered With the Mueller Inquiry

[embedded content] Matthew G. Whitaker declined to defend the special counsel’s investigation, as his predecessor and likely successor at the Justice Department have done But Mr. Whitaker declared that he had “not interfered in any way” in the special counsel investigation and that he had provided no information to Mr. Trump or White House officials […]

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Matthew Whitaker Testifies Before House Panel: Live Updates

Matthew G. Whitaker tangled early on with committee’s chairman, Representative Jerrold Nadler of New York, over his oversight of the special counsel’s Russia investigation — at one point even informing Mr. Nadler that his five minutes were up. But Mr. Whitaker declared that he had “not interfered in any way” in the special counsel investigation […]

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Prosecutors Told Judge That Manafort Might Have Lied in Hopes of a Pardon

WASHINGTON — Federal prosecutors told a judge this week that Paul Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign chairman, might have lied to them about “an extremely sensitive issue” in hopes of increasing the chances that he would be pardoned for his crimes, according to a transcript of the hearing unsealed Thursday. The heavily redacted document leaves […]

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Trump Accuses Democrats of ‘Harassment’ Over Congressional Inquiries

WASHINGTON — President Trump accused Democrats on Thursday morning of “presidential harassment” over congressional investigations into his finances, and he mocked Virginia politicians whose jobs are in peril after revelations they appeared in blackface. Then, the president went to the annual National Prayer Breakfast, where he implored attendees to open up to faith in order […]

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Pelosi Declares House Will Not Be Intimidated From Its Trump Inquiries

WASHINGTON — A defiant Speaker Nancy Pelosi declared on Wednesday that House Democrats would not be cowed by President Trump’s “all-out threat” during his State of the Union address to drop their investigations of his administration, as fellow Democrats pushed ahead with a bevy of sensitive inquiries. “It was a threat; it was an all-out […]

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Democratic Donor Who Pivoted to Trump Draws Scrutiny in Inaugural Inquiry

WASHINGTON — In the world of big-dollar political donors, Imaad Zuberi is notable less for the scale of his giving than for its baldly transactional nature. A supporter of President Barack Obama and then Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign who frequently posted pictures of himself alongside high-profile politicians, Mr. Zuberi, a California venture capitalist, abruptly pivoted […]

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Firms Recruited by Paul Manafort Investigated Over Foreign Payments

WASHINGTON — Federal prosecutors in recent weeks have been interviewing witnesses about the flow of foreign money to three powerful law and lobbying firms that Paul Manafort recruited seven years ago to help improve the image of the Russia-aligned president of Ukraine, people familiar with the questioning said. The previously unreported interviews about the flow […]

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The Putin I Knew; the Putin I Know

President Vladimir Putin of Russia celebrated the New Year by having an American tourist, Paul Whelan, arrested as a spy. Mr. Whelan was in Moscow to attend a wedding. But Mr. Putin needed a hostage as a potential trade for a Russian woman with Kremlin connections — Maria Butina, who had pleaded guilty of conspiring […]

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Trump Won’t Commit to Making Mueller Report Public

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — President Trump would not commit in an interview aired Sunday to making public the results of the special counsel’s investigation into Russia’s ties to his campaign, adding that it was time to “get rid” of the inquiry. In the interview on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” Mr. Trump reiterated his belief […]

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news analysis: The Age of Big Leaks

On the very day that Roger Stone was charged with lying about a momentous set of leaks that originated with Russian hackers, a feisty band of transparency activists led by a Boston woman posted a voluminous collection of leaks from inside Russia. It was less a coincidence than a trend, a consequence of technology and […]

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