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

State Dept. Traces Russian Disinformation Links

WASHINGTON — Russia continues to use a network of proxy websites to spread pro-Kremlin disinformation and propaganda in the United States and other parts of the West, according to a State Department report released on Wednesday. The report is one of the most detailed explanations yet from the Trump administration on how Russia disseminates disinformation, […]

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Why the Mueller Investigation Failed

Thanks to Robert S. Mueller’s Russia investigation, we know that the Kremlin used underhanded tactics to help Donald Trump win the 2016 election, that the Trump campaign tacitly welcomed those efforts and that Trump ultimately attempted to end the Mueller inquiry itself. But in what passes for political discourse today, the report’s damning examples of […]

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Will Bill Barr Try to Help Trump Win the Election?

Today, Wednesday, marks 90 days before the presidential election, a date in the calendar that is supposed to be of special note to the Justice Department. That’s because of two department guidelines, one a written policy that no action be influenced in any way by politics. Another, unwritten norm urges officials to defer publicly charging […]

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Trump Forecasts His Own Fraud

This election is in danger of being stolen. By Donald Trump. Trump is a win-at-all-costs kind of operator. For him, the rules are like rubber, not fixed but bendable. All structures — laws, conventions, norms — exist for others, those not slick and sly enough to evade them, those not craven enough to break them. […]

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Trump Still Defers to Putin, Even as He Dismisses U.S. Intelligence and the Allies

WASHINGTON — On the eve of accepting the Republican nomination for president four years ago, Donald J. Trump declared that he would pull out of NATO if American allies did not pay more for their defense, waving away the thought that it would play into the hands of President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia, who […]

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Full Appeals Court Agrees to Hear Request to End Michael Flynn Case

WASHINGTON — The entire Federal Appeals Court in Washington said on Thursday that it would take up a case involving Attorney General William P. Barr’s decision to drop the prosecution of President Trump’s former national security adviser Michael T. Flynn, erasing a split decision by a three-judge panel in June ordering an immediate end to […]

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Ex-C.I.A. Chief Criticizes Silence of Top Republicans on Russian Interference

WASHINGTON — In the final days of the Obama administration, intelligence officials laid out evidence of Russia’s 2016 election interference campaign to congressional leaders, prompting Nancy Pelosi, then the House minority leader, to press for Moscow to be punished. “This can’t happen again,” she said. Two Republicans, Speaker Paul D. Ryan and Senator Richard M. […]

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We Lost the Battle for the Republican Party’s Soul Long Ago

After Mitt Romney lost the 2012 presidential race, the Republican National Committee chairman, Reince Priebus, commissioned an internal party study to examine why the party had won the popular vote only once since 1998. The results of that so-called autopsy were fairly obvious: The party needed to appeal to more people of color, reach out […]

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Barr Clashes With House Democrats in Testimony, Defending Protests Response

Attorney General William P. Barr vigorously defended the federal response to nationwide protests and civil unrest in a combative congressional hearing on Tuesday where Democrats accused him and other Trump administration officials of suppressing protesters’ rights in an overly violent crackdown. The attorney general also insisted that he intervened in the criminal cases of President […]

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Barr Clashes With House Democrats, Defending Responses to Protests and Russia Inquiry

Attorney General William P. Barr vigorously defended the federal response to nationwide protests and civil unrest in a combative congressional hearing on Tuesday where Democrats accused him and other Trump administration officials of suppressing protesters’ rights in an overly violent crackdown. The attorney general also insisted that he intervened in the criminal cases of President […]

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Russian Intelligence Agencies Push Disinformation on Pandemic

WASHINGTON — Russian intelligence services have been spreading disinformation about the coronavirus pandemic, according to newly declassified intelligence, material that demonstrates how Moscow is continuing to try to influence Americans as the election draws closer. Russian military intelligence, known as the G.R.U., has used its ties with a Russian government information center, InfoRos, and other […]

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Barr to Testify on Protest Response, Mueller Inquiry and Other Issues

WASHINGTON — Attorney General William P. Barr will travel to Capitol Hill on Tuesday for his first congressional testimony in more than a year, and lawmakers are prepared to press for explanations on the federal response to nationwide protests of police killings of Black Americans and the handling of criminal cases involving President Trump’s allies. […]

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Barr Defends Protest Response and Criticizes Russia Inquiry Ahead of Testimony

WASHINGTON — Attorney General William P. Barr defended the federal response to the protests and unrest around the nation in recent weeks, declaring in comments released late Monday that the rule of law must be upheld as “violent rioters and anarchists have hijacked legitimate protests to wreak senseless havoc and destruction” in places like Portland, […]

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A 2020 Question 100 Days Out: Will the Elections Be Free and Fair?

On Sunday, President Trump declined in a television interview to say whether he would accept the results of the 2020 election. On Monday, Joseph R. Biden Jr. suggested Mr. Trump was complicit in foreign meddling in the American political system, citing his past overtures to Russia and Ukraine, as he raised broader concerns about election […]

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Accuse, Evict, Repeat: Why Punishing China and Russia for Cyberattacks Fails

As smoke poured from the Chinese Consulate in Houston on Wednesday, the product of an old-fashioned ritual in which evicted diplomats touch off a bonfire of classified documents after being ordered to leave the country, Trump administration officials boasted that they were hitting Beijing where it hurt — in one of the epicenters of its […]

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Democrats Warn of Possible Foreign Disinformation Plot Targeting Congress

Top congressional Democrats warned in a cryptic letter they released on Monday that a foreign power was using disinformation to try to interfere in the presidential election and the activities of Congress, and demanded a prompt briefing by the F.B.I. to warn every member of Congress. While the letter writers, led by Speaker Nancy Pelosi, […]

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F.B.I. Agent in Russia Inquiry Saw Basis in Early 2017 to Doubt Dossier

WASHINGTON — A top F.B.I. agent recognized by February 2017 that a now notorious dossier of claims about purported Trump-Russia ties had credibility problems, but the Justice Department continued to rely on it as part of its basis to renew permission to wiretap a former Trump campaign adviser, documents released on Friday showed. The documents […]

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How the Twitter Hack Revealed a Risky 2020 Election System

Over the past year government officials have raced to help states replace voting machines that leave no paper trail, and to harden vulnerable online voter registration systems that many fear Russia, or others, could hijack to trigger chaos on Election Day. But this week, the country got a startling vision of other perils in political […]

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A Conversation With Tammy Duckworth

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Play | RadioPublic | Stitcher Senator Tammy Duckworth of Illinois joins the Frank Bruni, Ross Douthat and Michelle Goldberg for a four-way interview about monuments and Tucker Carlson, Russian bounties in Afghanistan, Medicare for all and taking care of […]

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Three Marines, Now Focus of Russian Bounties Investigation, Show the Costs of an Endless War

The American military convoy was almost back to Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan when a vehicle, laden with explosives, careened into it and detonated. The powerful blast blew up a heavily armored troop carrier, engulfing it in flames. Marines poured out of the other vehicles in the convoy as they battled desperately to save the […]

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We Can Still Get the Truth From Roger Stone

Attorney General Bill Barr reportedly opposed President Trump’s commutation of Roger Stone’s prison sentence for seven felonies — the latest act by this administration to undermine the rule of law. If Mr. Barr’s resistance is to be believed, the Department of Justice still has a path to vindicate the rule of law by putting Mr. […]

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Did Mueller Ever Stand a Chance Against Trump and Roger Stone?

In 1972, I served as an assistant special prosecutor for the Watergate Special Prosecution Force, which investigated the connection between the White House and the break-in at the Democratic National Committee headquarters, the subsequent cover-up and other crimes connected with the White House under Richard Nixon. And nothing that I saw then — even during […]

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Trump’s Shocking Inaction on Russia

Did President Trump know about U.S. intelligence community assessments that the Russians had offered bounties to the Taliban for attacks against U.S. and coalition forces in Afghanistan? He hasn’t so far offered a direct answer but instead shifting, manipulative responses. That is itself troubling. It is also troubling that he has not condemned even the […]

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Graham to Call Mueller to Testify Before Senate Judiciary Committee

WASHINGTON — Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina and the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, said on Sunday that he would call the former special counsel Robert S. Mueller III to testify before his panel about the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and ties to the Trump campaign. The announcement, […]

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Trump’s Clemency Came After Displays of Loyalty by Stone

Months before F.B.I. agents arrived in darkness at his Florida home to take him into custody, Roger J. Stone Jr. promised that he would remain loyal to his longtime friend. “I will never roll on Donald Trump,” he said. He did not, and Mr. Stone is now a free man. The president’s decision on Friday […]

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In Rare Public Comments, Mueller Defends Prosecution of Roger Stone

WASHINGTON — The former special counsel Robert S. Mueller III broke his long silence on Saturday to defend his prosecution of Roger J. Stone Jr., forcefully rebutting President Trump’s claims that the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election was political and illegitimate. Speaking out the day after Mr. Trump commuted Mr. Stone’s prison […]

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