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

Paul Manafort Seemed Headed to Rikers. Then the Justice Department Intervened.

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] Paul J. Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign chairman who is serving a federal prison sentence, had been expected to be transferred to the notorious Rikers Island jail complex this month to await trial on a separate state case. But […]

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Kremlin Warns of Cyberwar After Report of U.S. Hacking Into Russian Power Grid

MOSCOW — The Kremlin warned on Monday that reported American hacking into Russia’s electric power grid could escalate into a cyberwar with the United States, but insisted that it was confident in the system’s ability to repel electronic attacks. Dmitri S. Peskov, President Vladimir V. Putin’s spokesman, also raised concerns that President Trump was reportedly […]

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Liberals Want Trump Impeached, but Centrist Freshmen May Have the Final Say

WASHINGTON — As a former federal prosecutor, Representative Mikie Sherrill of New Jersey says she relies on evidence, and she needs to see more of it before considering whether to impeach President Trump. Ditto for Representative Elissa Slotkin of Michigan, a former C.I.A. officer who has been studying the chapter on impeachment in a 1,068-page […]

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U.S. Escalates Online Attacks on Russia’s Power Grid

WASHINGTON — The United States is stepping up digital incursions into Russia’s electric power grid in a warning to President Vladimir V. Putin and a demonstration of how the Trump administration is using new authorities to deploy cybertools more aggressively, current and former government officials said. In interviews over the past three months, the officials […]

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Under Fire, Trump Says He Would ‘Absolutely’ Report Foreign Campaign Help

WASHINGTON — President Trump appeared to backtrack on Friday on accepting campaign help from Russia or other foreign governments, saying that he would certainly inform law enforcement authorities if he were approached. Under fire for saying earlier in the week that “I’d take it” if hostile powers offered incriminating information about an election opponent — […]

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Trump to America: Who’s Going to Stop Me?

In a new interview with ABC News’s George Stephanopoulos, parts of which were released on Wednesday evening, Donald Trump announced his willingness to betray and subvert American democracy, again. Asked what he would do if he were offered foreign dirt on an opponent in 2020, he said he’d take it, and pooh-poohed the idea of […]

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Mitch McConnell, Too, Welcomes Russian Interference

Why won’t Mitch McConnell protect our elections from outside interference? His Republican colleagues in the Senate want to do something. That’s why some of the most conservative members of his caucus are working with Democrats to improve the nation’s election security. One proposal, according to The New York Times, would “require internet companies like Facebook […]

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Trump Equates Taking Dirt From Russia With Presidential Diplomacy

WASHINGTON — President Trump on Thursday defended his willingness to accept campaign help from Russia or other foreign governments by equating it to the sort of diplomatic meetings he holds with world leaders as the nation’s chief executive. In an interview broadcast on Wednesday night, Mr. Trump had rejected his own F.B.I. director’s recommendation that […]

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Michael Flynn and Rick Gates Subpoenaed to Testify by House Committee

WASHINGTON — The Democratic-led House Intelligence Committee said on Thursday that it had issued two new subpoenas demanding that Michael T. Flynn, President Trump’s former national security adviser, and Rick Gates, a former top Trump campaign aide, provide testimony and documents related to their interactions with Russians. The subpoenas, dated Wednesday, are tied to the […]

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Trump Says ‘I’d Take It’ if Russia Again Offered Dirt on Opponent

WASHINGTON — President Trump said on Wednesday that there would be nothing wrong with accepting incriminating information about an election opponent from Russia or other foreign governments and that he saw no reason to call the F.B.I. if it were to happen again. “It’s not an interference,” he said in an interview with ABC News, […]

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Hope Hicks Agrees to Interview With House Panel

WASHINGTON — Hope Hicks, one of President Trump’s closest former campaign and White House aides, has agreed to participate next week in a transcribed interview with the House Judiciary Committee on topics stemming from the special counsel’s investigation, the panel’s chairman said on Wednesday. The hearing will be the first time that an aide to […]

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Justice Dept. Seeks to Question C.I.A. Officers in Russia Inquiry Review

WASHINGTON — Justice Department officials intend to interview senior C.I.A. officers as they review the Russia investigation, according to people briefed on the matter, indicating they are focused partly on the intelligence agencies’ most explosive conclusion about the 2016 election: that President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia intervened to benefit Donald J. Trump. The interview […]

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Donald Trump Jr. Tells Senate Intelligence Panel He Stands by Previous Statements

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump Jr. told Senate investigators on Wednesday that he did not inform his father at the time about a June 2016 meeting with a Russian lawyer promising “dirt” on Hillary Clinton and that he was not kept abreast of negotiations over a proposed real estate project in Moscow, a person familiar with […]

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Justice Dept. Agrees to Turn Over Key Mueller Evidence to House

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department, after weeks of tense negotiations, has agreed to provide Congress with key evidence collected by Robert S. Mueller III that could shed light on possible obstruction of justice and abuse of power by President Trump, the House Judiciary Committee said on Monday. The exact scope of the material the Justice […]

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Trump Lawyer’s Message Was a Clue for Mueller, Who Set It Aside

WASHINGTON — As the special counsel’s investigators pursued the question of whether President Trump tried to impede their work, they uncovered compelling evidence — a voice mail recording and statements from a trusted witness — that might have led to him. A lawyer for Mr. Trump, John M. Dowd, reached out to a lawyer for […]

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People Are Trying to Figure Out William Barr. He’s Busy Wielding Power.

WASHINGTON — Not long before Attorney General William P. Barr released the special counsel’s report on Russian interference in the 2016 election, he strategized with Senator Lindsey Graham, the Republican chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, about one of his next moves: investigating the investigators. Over a dinner of steak, potatoes and carrots in a […]

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America’s Elections Are Still at Risk. Congress Can Help.

Members of Congress have several major decisions to make after the special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. Whether to pursue an impeachment inquiry is the one that’s gotten the most attention — and reasonable people can disagree about that. But Mr. Mueller’s findings leave no room for debate about the […]

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4 Disturbing Details You May Have Missed in the Mueller Report

After two years of silence, Special Counsel Robert Mueller recently made his first public remarks — to complain, it seemed, that no one had read his report. “We chose those words carefully,” Mr. Mueller said, “and the work speaks for itself.” But at a dense 440-plus pages, if the report speaks for itself, it takes […]

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New Election Security Bills Face a One-Man Roadblock: Mitch McConnell

WASHINGTON — A raft of legislation intended to better secure United States election systems after what the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, called a “sweeping and systematic” Russian attack in 2016 is running into a one-man roadblock in the form of the Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. The bills include a Democratic […]

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Listen to Trump’s Lawyer Make Appeal After Flynn Agreed to Cooperate With Mueller

WASHINGTON — Prosecutors released audio on Thursday of a voice mail message that President Trump’s personal lawyer left for a lawyer for Michael T. Flynn, the former national security adviser, shortly after Mr. Flynn agreed in 2017 to cooperate with the special counsel’s investigation. The message and its tone offer new insight into how Mr. […]

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