Tag: Special Prosecutors (Independent Counsel)

On Washington: Trump’s Stonewalling Takes Clash Between Branches to a New Level

WASHINGTON — President Trump is definitely building a wall — but it is between the White House and the House of Representatives. In the aftermath of Robert S. Mueller III’s report, the White House has quickly assumed a defiant, hard-line stance that it will not respect subpoenas and demands for information from various House committees […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

Democrats Ask and Trump Says No, Signaling a Bitter Fight Ahead

WASHINGTON — President Trump’s administration foreshadowed weeks, if not months, of trench warfare with Congress on Tuesday as it defied demands for documents and testimony on multiple fronts in an effort to thwart expanding investigations mounted by House Democrats. While Democrats debated the merits of pursuing impeachment against Mr. Trump, his advisers signaled that the […]

Read More

Did Trump Obstruct Justice? Mueller Didn’t Say, but Left a Trail to the Answer

WASHINGTON — The report by Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel, explored about a dozen episodes in which President Trump’s actions raised concerns about obstruction of justice. Mr. Mueller stopped short of concluding whether Mr. Trump committed that crime, but the report made clear that others can use the evidence to make that call. […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

Why It Matters That Trump and Michael Cohen Had a Falling Out

Fixer. The title wasn’t a formal one, but Michael D. Cohen wholeheartedly embraced the role as a lawyer at the Trump Organization. It amounted to serving as chief problem solver for Donald J. Trump, offering Mr. Cohen an unusually up-close view of his boss’s personal and professional lives. Mr. Cohen was often at Mr. Trump’s […]

Read More

Catching Up on the Mueller Report: What’s Next?

A report of more than 400 pages detailing the investigation led by the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, revealed the scope of an ambitious Russian campaign to sabotage the 2016 presidential election and explored whether President Trump engaged in acts of obstruction to impede the investigation. The report, which the Justice Department redacted before […]

Read More

Op-Ed Columnist: The Ego Maniac in the Oval Is ‘Exonerated’

WASHINGTON — When it comes to presidential obstruction, at least Watergate started with a crime. A stupid crime, but a crime. After 675 days, more than 2,800 subpoenas, nearly 500 search warrants, $30 million spent, endless jaw-jaw on cable and countless whiny Trump tweets, we have come down to one fundamental truth. And it’s the […]

Read More

Mueller Witnesses Who Once Served in White House Now Fear Trump’s Ire

WASHINGTON — President Trump and his lawyers decided from the start to fully cooperate with the special counsel’s investigation, gambling in 2017 that they could hasten its end if they gave prosecutors unfettered access to White House aides and other Trump associates. Instead, the 448-page report by the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, released […]

Read More

Books of The Times: The Mueller Report: A Thorny, Patriotic Addition to a Curious American Bookshelf

In a 1993 Paris Review interview, Don DeLillo called the Warren Commission’s report “the Oxford English Dictionary of the assassination and also the Joycean novel.” He admired the way it captured “the full richness and madness and meaning” of the events surrounding President John F. Kennedy’s death in Dallas. At 26 volumes, the report’s abundance […]

Read More

Giuliani Attacks McGahn’s Account to Mueller

WASHINGTON — President Trump’s lawyer, Rudolph W. Giuliani, attacked the credibility of a former White House counsel on Friday, saying his account of how Mr. Trump told him to remove the special counsel was inaccurate. Mr. Giuliani’s statement was the most extensive pushback by the president’s lawyers against the former counsel, Donald F. McGahn II, […]

Read More

News Analysis: Mueller’s Silence Allowed Openings for Trump and Barr to Shape Perception of Inquiry

WASHINGTON — A sport utility vehicle with tinted windows sped into the freight garage of the office of Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel, just after 7 on Thursday morning — almost to the minute when he typically arrives — concealing to photographers what was likely his arrival on the day his report was […]

Read More

A Darker Portrait Emerges of Trump’s Attacks on the Justice Department

WASHINGTON — Rod J. Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general, praised President Trump last spring for backing the rule of law and commended the Constitution and American culture for protecting lawfulness. “I don’t think there’s any threat to the rule of law in America today,” he said at a celebration of the concept. Mr. Rosenstein left […]

Read More

Conservatives Should Thank Mueller

For the better part of two years, Donald Trump and his partisans did everything they could to denigrate and discredit Robert Mueller and his investigation. They’re not done yet. “Statements are made about me by certain people in the Crazy Mueller Report, in itself written by 18 Angry Democrat Trump Haters, which are fabricated & […]

Read More

Sanders’s ‘Slip of the Tongue’ Would Be a Problem in Some White Houses. Not Trump’s.

PALM BEACH, Fla. — After admitting to investigators for the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, that she delivered a false statement from the White House podium, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House press secretary, defended herself in Trumpian fashion on Friday morning. She counterattacked. The Mueller report revealed that Ms. Sanders had acknowledged that […]

Read More

Elizabeth Warren Calls for Impeachment Process Against Trump

Senator Elizabeth Warren on Friday called for the Democratic-led House of Representatives to begin impeachment proceedings against President Trump, making her the most prominent Democrat to move toward ousting the president over evidence from the special counsel’s investigation that Mr. Trump attempted to undermine that inquiry. Ms. Warren, who is seeking the Democratic presidential nomination […]

Read More