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

Mueller Rejects Flynn’s Attempt to Portray Himself as Victim of the F.B.I.

WASHINGTON — The special counsel’s office rejected on Friday a suggestion from Michael T. Flynn, President Trump’s former national security adviser, that he had been tricked into lying to F.B.I. agents investigating Russia’s election interference and ties to Trump associates. Prosecutors laid out a pattern of lies by Mr. Flynn to Vice President Mike Pence, […]

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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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The Argument: Will Trump’s Presidency Survive 2019?

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Apple Podcasts | RadioPublic | Stitcher | Spotify | Google Play This week on “The Argument” podcast, the columnists look ahead to the new year and debate just how much trouble 2019 holds for President Trump. David Leonhardt points to cracks in the Republican Party’s […]

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Appearance: 4 Takeaways From Michael Cohen’s Sentencing

Michael D. Cohen, President Trump’s former lawyer and fixer, was sentenced to three years in prison on Wednesday, telling a judge that he initially admired Mr. Trump’s business acumen but ended up in a job where “I felt it was my duty to cover up his dirty deeds.” The prison sentence was for what the […]

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‘His Dirty Deeds’

There have been some dark days in America in recent months, days when its astonished citizens have had reason to wonder whether its institutions and even its ideals — the Congress, the electoral process, the notion that honesty matters — had become too brittle to withstand what could seem like relentless assault. Wednesday was not […]

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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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While Working for Trump, Giuliani Courts Business Abroad

WASHINGTON — The special counsel’s investigation was grinding relentlessly onward, with President Trump’s former national security adviser pleading for leniency in his case and his former fixer about to be sentenced for his crimes. But Mr. Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudolph W. Giuliani, was in Manama, Bahrain, on Tuesday, meeting with the king and the interior […]

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Would Indicting Trump Be Constitutional?

The government’s recent sentencing memos regarding Michael Cohen, President Trump’s former lawyer, have prompted speculation about whether Mr. Trump himself acted unlawfully during his presidential campaign. The possibility of such criminal conduct has, in turn, renewed an old debate about whether it would be constitutional to indict a sitting United States president. Although it’s unlikely […]

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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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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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Will William Barr Be Trump’s Roy Cohn?

One of Donald Trump’s more dubious constitutional notions is that the attorney general serves to protect the president, rather than serving as a lawyer for the American people. He fired the office’s previous holder, Jeff Sessions, for failing to provide him personal legal cover in the Russia investigation. Now he has selected William Barr as […]

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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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Michael Cohen Wanted to Cooperate in His Own Way. Prosecutors Had Other Ideas.

Michael D. Cohen, President Trump’s former fixer, always had a high self-regard for his ability to talk — or bully — his way out of challenging situations, whether acting on his own or on behalf of Mr. Trump. So when federal prosecutors in the Southern District of New York began investigating Mr. Cohen, he seemed […]

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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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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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