Tag: Special Prosecutors (Independent Counsel)

Corey Lewandowski’s Testimony Before Congress: What to Expect

WASHINGTON — Democrats investigating whether to recommend that the House impeach President Trump will take turns on Tuesday publicly questioning one of his most outspoken supporters: Corey Lewandowski. Mr. Trump’s former campaign manager and continued confidant, Mr. Lewandowski was enlisted in an ultimately unsuccessful scheme by the president in the summer of 2017 to significantly […]

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Impeachment Inquiry of Trump Intensifies as Judiciary Panel Adopts New Procedures

WASHINGTON — The House Judiciary Committee on Thursday took its first vote to press forward with a possible impeachment of President Trump, putting aside internal divisions in a bid to strengthen its hand in investigating whether he committed high crimes and misdemeanors. Voting along party lines, the panel approved rules for an “investigation to determine […]

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Judiciary Panel Advances Impeachment Inquiry of Trump as Doubts Linger

WASHINGTON — The House Judiciary Committee on Thursday took its first vote to press forward with an impeachment investigation of President Trump, putting aside internal divisions over the process in a bid to strengthen its hand in uncovering crucial facts in the inquiry. The measure, which was approved on Thursday morning, laid out procedures to […]

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Democrats to Broaden Impeachment Inquiry Into Trump to Corruption Accusations

WASHINGTON — House Democrats return to Washington this week poised to significantly broaden their nascent impeachment inquiry into President Trump beyond the findings of the Russia investigation, but they will confront a fast-dwindling political clock. Undeterred by lackluster public support for impeachment, Democratic lawmakers and aides have sketched out a robust four-month itinerary of hearings […]

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Michael Flynn Seeks a Delay in Sentencing as His Lawyers Try New Approach

WASHINGTON — Lawyers for Michael T. Flynn, the president’s first national security adviser, asked a federal judge on Friday to delay his sentencing in an apparent bid to relitigate the case in which he has twice admitted guilt. The latest move by the defense lawyers could anger the federal judge who will sentence him, Emmet […]

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Comey Is Criticized in Watchdog Report Over Handling of Memos About Trump

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department inspector general released on Thursday a report that was highly critical of the former F.B.I. director James B. Comey’s handling of memos detailing his interactions with the president, accusing him of setting “a dangerous example” for officials with access to government secrets. The findings were the result of a lengthy […]

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Ex-White House Aide Rob Porter Is Subpoenaed in House Impeachment Inquiry

WASHINGTON — The House Judiciary Committee on Monday subpoenaed the former top White House aide Rob Porter to testify about President Trump’s efforts to impede the Russia investigation and asked a court to expedite a ruling on whether Donald F. McGahn II, the former White House counsel, must testify, pushing forward in its expansive inquiry […]

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Dan K. Webb Is Named Special Prosecutor in Jussie Smollett Case

A judge in Chicago on Friday named a special prosecutor who will investigate how local officials handled the case against Jussie Smollett, who was accused of paying two acquaintances to attack him, making the assault look like a racist and homophobic hate crime. The new special prosecutor, Dan K. Webb, is a former United States […]

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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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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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When a Police Officer Kills, Let Public Defenders Investigate

After a police officer in South Bend, Ind., shot and killed Eric Jack Logan last month, contentious meetings between the public and Mayor Pete Buttigieg showed that there is often a serious lack of faith that allegations of police misconduct will be fairly investigated. We can fix this: Public defenders, not law enforcement officials, should […]

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The Reviews of ‘Les Muellerables’ Are In, and Late Night’s Got Them

Welcome to Best of Late Night, a rundown of the previous night’s highlights that lets you sleep — and lets us get paid to watch comedy. If you’re interested in hearing from The Times regularly about great TV, sign up for our Watching newsletter and get recommendations straight to your inbox. ‘Les Muellerables’ Late-night hosts […]

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Mueller’s Skepticism of Trump’s Truthfulness Heightens Impeachment Debate

WASHINGTON — In late summer 2016, after WikiLeaks had published its first tranche of stolen Democratic emails, Donald J. Trump received a phone call while riding to La Guardia Airport and then told an aide that more damaging releases were coming. But Mr. Trump denied to the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, that he […]

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Lack of Electricity in Mueller Testimony Short-Circuits Impeachment

WASHINGTON — President Trump was probably never going to be impeached by the House of Representatives before the 2020 election. The testimony by Robert S. Mueller III, the former special counsel, makes that a near certainty. The absence of an electrifying Washington moment in Wednesday’s two-stage testimony by Mr. Mueller not only deprived Democrats of […]

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Asked to Put On a Show, Mueller Wishes You’d Read the Book

It is a perennial question for TV programmers, from “The Thorn Birds” to “The Handmaid’s Tale”: How do you successfully adapt a big book for the screen? The further challenge of the congressional committees questioning the former special counsel Robert S. Mueller III on Wednesday was that the book in question — Mr. Mueller’s two-volume […]

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Robert Mueller’s Testimony

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Via Apple Podcasts | Via RadioPublic | Via Stitcher The former special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, testified before Congress on Wednesday. He declared that his two-year investigation did not exonerate President Trump and that Russia would meddle again in American elections. [For an exclusive […]

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The Blockbuster That Wasn’t: Mueller Disappoints the Democrats

WASHINGTON — In the days leading up to the special counsel’s much-anticipated appearance before Congress, Democrats argued that hearing from Robert S. Mueller III on television could transform the impeachment debate. While Americans might not read the book, the argument went, they would watch the movie. If so, the movie Americans tuned into on Wednesday […]

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Photographic Evidence: 12 Hours of Mueller Day

Washington loves a spectacle, even if Robert S. Mueller III was determined not to make one. On Wednesday, as Mr. Mueller was finally slated to testify in two back-to-back House hearings about his conclusions as special counsel, anticipation coursed through the halls of Capitol Hill. One thing was certain: Mr. Mueller’s testimony would be the […]

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Mueller’s Labored Performance Was a Departure From His Once-Fabled Stamina

WASHINGTON — Soon after the special counsel’s office opened in 2017, some aides noticed that Robert S. Mueller III kept noticeably shorter hours than he had as F.B.I. director, when he showed up at the bureau daily at 6 a.m. and often worked nights. He seemed to cede substantial responsibility to his top deputies, including […]

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How to Take Down Trump

When it comes to tamping down excitement, Robert Mueller is a genius. He soldiered on through two much-anticipated House committee hearings, full of politicians eager to make a splash. The result was … muted. O.K., actually kind of boring. Not, of course, anything like the scene Donald Trump described later, in which it sounded as […]

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