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

As Democrats Agonize, G.O.P. Is at Peace With Doing Nothing on Mueller’s Findings

WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans see the special counsel’s report — with its stark evidence that President Trump repeatedly impeded the investigation into Russian election interference — as a summons for collective inaction. Republicans in the upper chamber, who would serve as Mr. Trump’s jury if House Democrats were to impeach him, reacted to the report’s […]

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The Trump Campaign Conspired With the Russians. Mueller Proved It.

In his first letter after receiving the Mueller report, Attorney General William Barr accurately quoted it as saying that “the investigation did not establish” that the Trump campaign “conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities.” But the opposite is also true: The Mueller report does establish that, in fact, members […]

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The Argument: Is It Time to Impeach Trump?

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Play | RadioPublic | Stitcher This week on “The Argument,” what should Democrats do after the release of Robert Mueller’s (redacted) report? David Leonhardt thinks the report reveals a man unfit to serve as president, even if impeaching him […]

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Trump Vows Stonewall of ‘All’ House Subpoenas

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration escalated its defiance of Congress on Wednesday, as the Justice Department refused to let an official testify on Capitol Hill and President Trump vowed to fight what he called a “ridiculous” subpoena ordering a former top aide to appear before lawmakers. “We’re fighting all the subpoenas,” Mr. Trump told reporters […]

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Trump Vows Stonewall of ‘All’ House Subpoenas, Setting Up Fight Over Powers

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration escalated its defiance of Congress on Wednesday, as the Justice Department refused to let an official testify on Capitol Hill and President Trump vowed to fight what he called a “ridiculous” subpoena ordering a former top aide to appear before lawmakers. “We’re fighting all the subpoenas,” Mr. Trump told reporters […]

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News Analysis: Victor or Victim? Trump’s Changing Response to Mueller Report

WASHINGTON — The day after the special counsel delivered his report to the Justice Department, President Trump was ecstatic. He claimed vindication. When he walked into the dining room of his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida, according to someone there, guests rose to their feet to give him a standing ovation. A month later, the president’s […]

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Mueller Report Reveals Trump’s Fixation on Using Law Enforcement to Target a Rival

WASHINGTON — Attorney General Jeff Sessions had a tenuous hold on his job when President Trump called him at home in the middle of 2017. The president had already blamed him for recusing himself from investigations related to the 2016 election, sought his resignation and belittled him in private and on Twitter. Now, Mr. Trump […]

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News Analysis: Victor or Victim? Trump Shifts Response to Mueller Report

WASHINGTON — The day after the special counsel delivered his report to the Justice Department, President Trump was ecstatic. He claimed vindication. When he walked into the dining room of his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida, according to someone there, guests rose to their feet to give him a standing ovation. A month later, the president’s […]

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Divided on Impeachment, Democrats Wrestle With Duty and Politics

WASHINGTON — As Speaker Nancy Pelosi urges caution on impeachment, rank-and-file House Democrats are agonizing over the prospect of ousting President Trump, caught between their sense of historic responsibilities and political considerations in the wake of the special counsel’s damning portrait of abuses. The Democrats — including more than 50 freshmen — are mindful that […]

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In Push for 2020 Election Security, Top Official Was Warned: Don’t Tell Trump

WASHINGTON — In the months before Kirstjen Nielsen was forced to resign, she tried to focus the White House on one of her highest priorities as homeland security secretary: preparing for new and different Russian forms of interference in the 2020 election. President Trump’s chief of staff told her not to bring it up in […]

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Is Obstruction an Impeachable Offense? History Says Yes

WASHINGTON — President Trump has been consulting the Constitution. In a Twitter post on Monday, he recited part of Article II, Section 4, the provision that allows Congress to remove federal officials who commit “treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors.” Mr. Trump wrote that he had done none of those things: “There were […]

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Jared Kushner Dismisses Russian Election Interference as ‘Couple of Facebook Ads’

WASHINGTON — Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, on Tuesday dismissed Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential campaign as a “couple of Facebook ads” and said the investigation of it was far more damaging to the country than the intrusion itself. “You look at what Russia did — you know, buying some Facebook […]

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The Surprising Place Mueller Found Resistance to Trump

Nearly everyone interprets the exhaustive, nearly 450-page report from Robert Mueller as a story of presidential overreach. Convinced that Mr. Mueller’s investigation would embarrass his administration by revealing the extent of Russian influence on the 2016 election, President Trump attempted to undermine the special counsel’s probe. But the report is actually a story of presidential […]

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The Conversation: The President in Plain Sight Is Bad Enough

Bret Stephens: Hi Gail. I know neither of us can wait to debate the best name for Meghan Markle’s and Prince Harry’s royal baby, but can we first discuss the small matter of the Mueller report? How do you see it playing out, politically speaking, for President Trump? Gail Collins: Bret, I am actually taking […]

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Trump and Allies Ramp Up Attacks as McGahn Emerges as Chief Witness in Mueller Report

WASHINGTON — Donald F. McGahn II arrived in a windowless conference room in southwest Washington in November 2017 to meet for the first time with the special counsel’s investigators. He was the White House counsel at the time and he was reluctant to answer their questions for fear that President Trump would one day blame […]

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The Great Republican Abdication

So all the “fake news” was true. A hostile foreign power intervened in the presidential election, hoping to install Donald Trump in the White House. The Trump campaign was aware of this intervention and welcomed it. And once in power, Trump tried to block any inquiry into what happened. Never mind attempts to spin this […]

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Pelosi Cautions on Impeachment as She Denounces Trump’s Ethics

WASHINGTON — Speaker Nancy Pelosi, acknowledging that the Democrats are divided over new findings from Robert S. Mueller III, appeared to urge her caucus to hold off impeaching President Trump for now, even as she denounced his “highly unethical and unscrupulous behavior,” which she said “does not bring honor to the office he holds.” In […]

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There’s a Bigger Prize Than Impeachment

In the fall of 1998, Erskine Bowles, the White House chief of staff, traveled to Capitol Hill to meet with the speaker of the House. Mr. Bowles enjoyed a better relationship with Speaker Newt Gingrich than anyone in the Clinton White House, partly based on a shared Southern heritage and commitment to fiscal conservatism. At […]

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Pelosi Cautions on Impeachment as She Decries Trump’s Ethics

WASHINGTON — Speaker Nancy Pelosi, acknowledging a Democratic divide over new findings from Robert S. Mueller III, appeared to urge her caucus to hold off impeaching President Trump for now, even as she decried his “highly unethical and unscrupulous behavior” which she said “does not bring honor to the office he holds.” In her first […]

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White House Memo: To Defend Against a Mercurial Boss, Trump Aides Wield the Pen as Shield

WASHINGTON — President Trump glanced around the room and noticed Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, then his national security adviser, with his head bent over a notebook, scribbling something down. General McMaster was a prolific note-taker, recording details for later reference, a practice that hardly seemed unusual to someone in charge of a sprawling national security […]

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