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

Trump Says Russia Should Be Readmitted to G7

WASHINGTON — President Trump said on Tuesday that Russia should be readmitted to the Group of 7 industrialized nations, a call for ending Moscow’s pariah status on the world stage that is likely to earn a cool reception when the group’s annual summit opens this weekend. Speaking a few days before his planned departure for […]

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Trump Expected to Nominate Pompeo Deputy to Be Ambassador to Russia

WASHINGTON — President Trump is expected to name John Sullivan, the deputy secretary of state, to be the next ambassador to Russia, replacing Jon Huntsman Jr. as his liaison to Moscow, a senior administration official said. The post of ambassador to Moscow is a prestigious diplomatic position that is challenging always, but even more so […]

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House Panel Subpoenas Corey Lewandowski and Trump Aide in Obstruction Case

WASHINGTON — The House Judiciary Committee issued two subpoenas on Thursday to compel the former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and a former White House aide to testify publicly about actions taken by President Trump that could constitute obstruction of justice. The summons set up another potentially high-stakes public hearing around the findings of the […]

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Joe Walsh: Trump Needs a Primary Challenge

There’s a strong case for President Trump to face a Republican primary challenger. I know a thing or two about insurgencies. I entered Congress in 2011 as an insurgent Tea Party Republican. My goals were conservative and clear: restrain executive power and reduce the debt. Barack Obama was president then, and it was easy for […]

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The House v. Trump: Stymied Lawmakers Increasingly Battle in the Courts

WASHINGTON — Democrats took control of the House this year promising to use legislation and investigations to check President Trump. But facing substantial roadblocks to each, they are increasingly opposing him in a different way: Eight months into their majority, the House is going to court at a tempo never seen before. Fighting in courtrooms […]

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Jeffrey Epstein and When to Take Conspiracies Seriously

The challenge in thinking about a case like the suspicious suicide of Jeffrey Epstein, the supposed “billionaire” who spent his life acquiring sex slaves and serving as a procurer to the ruling class, can be summed up in two sentences. Most conspiracy theories are false. But often some of the things they’re trying to explain […]

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Prominent Lawyer’s Trial Will Test Crackdown on Unregistered Foreign Agents

WASHINGTON — Not long before Christmas 2012, Paul Manafort, then a foreign lobbyist, congratulated Gregory B. Craig, a well-known Washington lawyer, on the release of a report that Mr. Manafort had commissioned to help Ukraine’s pro-Russian president polish his image in the West. “Well done,” Mr. Manafort wrote in an email to Mr. Craig after […]

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Andrew McCabe, Former F.B.I. Deputy Director, Sues Over His Dismissal

WASHINGTON — Andrew G. McCabe, the former F.B.I. deputy director who was fired for statements he made about communications between the F.B.I. and the press, sued the F.B.I. on Thursday, alleging that the dismissal was retaliatory and politically motivated. The Justice Department engaged in a “politically motivated and retaliatory demotion in January 2018 and public […]

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Pondering Impeachment, House Sues Don McGahn, Ex-White House Counsel, for Testimony

WASHINGTON — The House Judiciary Committee sued on Wednesday to force the former White House counsel Donald F. McGahn II to testify before Congress, asking a federal judge to strike down the Trump administration’s claim that top presidential aides are “absolutely immune” from its subpoenas. In a filing in Federal District Court, the Judiciary Committee […]

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Pondering Impeachment, House Sues Former Trump Counsel for Testimony

WASHINGTON — The House Judiciary Committee sued on Wednesday to force the former White House counsel Donald F. McGahn II to testify before Congress, asking a federal judge to strike down the Trump administration’s claim that top presidential aides are “absolutely immune” from its subpoenas. In a filing in Federal District Court, the Judiciary Committee […]

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U.S. Ambassador in Moscow Who Served During Russia Investigation Resigns

Jon M. Huntsman Jr., the United States ambassador in Moscow who carried out President Trump’s policies during a highly turbulent period of sanctions and investigations into Russian electoral interference, resigned on Tuesday. The move had been expected amid reports that Mr. Huntsman, a former Utah governor, would return to politics in his home state. Mr. […]

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Trump’s Racism Is a Global Problem for Our Country

It’s hard to calculate the damage that President Trump’s overt racism and almost daily attacks on black and brown people are having on the fabric of our nation. With white supremacy bolstered from the Oval Office, hate crimes and domestic terrorism incidents are increasing, including, it appears, Saturday’s mass shooting in El Paso. At the […]

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Look at the Mueller Report as a Detective Story. It Will Blow Your Mind.

When the Mueller report was released, commentators reviewed it not only as a political and legal work but also as another genre: literature. In The Washington Post, Carlos Lozada described the report as “the best book by far on the workings of the Trump presidency.” Michiko Kakutani wrote in The Columbia Journalism Review that it […]

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Trump Adds to Sanctions on Russia Over Skripals

President Trump on Thursday signed an executive order imposing new sanctions on Russia, responding to growing pressure from Congress to further punish Moscow after a nerve agent attack last year against a former Russian spy in Britain. It is the second round of sanctions by the administration after a botched attempt in March 2018 to […]

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Justice Dept. Declined to Prosecute Comey Over Memos About Trump

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department declined to prosecute the former F.B.I. director James B. Comey after determining that two memos he wrote about his interactions with President Trump contained classified information and examining whether he mishandled the documents, according to people familiar with the matter. The F.B.I. upgraded the memos to confidential — the lowest […]

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Is Impeachment Finally Happening?

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Play | RadioPublic | Stitcher Did Robert Mueller’s testimony before Congress bring Democrats any closer to impeaching President Trump? This week on “The Argument,” the columnists debate the fallout from the former special counsel’s testimony. House Democrats’ coy approach […]

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How McConnell Can Ditch ‘Moscow Mitch’

To the Editor: Re “Pressure Mounts on Senate Leader to Secure Ballot” (front page, July 31): Too bad that Mitch McConnell is upset about his new nickname, Moscow Mitch. Instead of feeling slighted, he should do what any other patriot would do: Use his good will and prominent office to prevent the Russians from again […]

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America’s Intelligence Chief Must Value Honesty Over Politics

Before President Trump picked Dan Coats to be the director of national intelligence, Mr. Coats spent 24 years in Washington as a member of the House and the Senate from Indiana, serving long stints on both the Senate Intelligence Committee and the Senate Armed Services Committee. He had also been ambassador to Germany. His predecessors […]

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‘Moscow Mitch’ Tag Enrages McConnell and Squeezes G.O.P. on Election Security

WASHINGTON — Senator Mitch McConnell is usually impervious to criticism, even celebrating the nasty nicknames that have been bestowed on him by critics. But Mr. McConnell, the Senate majority leader, is incensed with his new moniker, “Moscow Mitch,” and even more miffed that he has been called a “Russian asset” by critics who accuse him […]

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