Tag: Trump-Ukraine Whistle-Blower Complaint and Impeachment Inquiry

The President vs. the Governors

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Play | RadioPublic | Stitcher This week on “The Argument,” how is the coronavirus — and President Trump’s response to it — hitting blue states and red states differently? Michelle Goldberg argues that Trump’s efforts to secure flattery from […]

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Trump to Governors: I’d Like You to Do Us a Favor, Though

Last December, during a congressional hearing on impeachment, the Stanford Law professor Pamela Karlan tried to explain the gravity of Donald Trump’s Ukraine quid pro quo by making a domestic analogy. Members of Congress, she said, should imagine living in a state “prone to devastating hurricanes and flooding.” What would they think, she asked, if […]

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The Real Russia Story in American Politics

MOSCOW — The American political world has — once again — become consumed with the influence of Russia, trying to make sense of who the Kremlin might favor in the upcoming presidential election: Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders, or both. But for me, an American journalist based in Moscow since 2012, that is a far less […]

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Trump Assails Pelosi as He Opts to Skip Bipartisan St. Patrick’s Day Lunch

PALM BEACH, Fla. — President Trump will skip the annual bipartisan St. Patrick’s Day luncheon hosted by Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Capitol Hill this week, White House officials said Sunday, the latest in a series of tit-for-tat snubs between the two most powerful leaders in the nation’s capital. In rejecting Ms. Pelosi’s invitation, Mr. Trump […]

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Republicans, Egged On by Trump, Scrutinize Hunter Biden as His Father Surges

WASHINGTON — Republicans are wielding the power of their Senate majority to intensify an election-year investigation of Hunter Biden’s work for a Ukrainian energy firm, putting new scrutiny on the son of Joseph R. Biden Jr. as the former vice president re-emerges as President Trump’s chief rival for the presidency. In elevating questions about the […]

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Yes, Impeaching Trump Was Absolutely Worth It

The morning after the Senate trial of President Trump was one of the rare occasions over my yearlong tenure as special counsel to the House Judiciary Committee when I was able to join my family for breakfast. My duties for the impeachment and its trial had made me particularly scarce. My teenage daughter wasted no […]

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Trump, Returning to Retribution, Withdraws Pentagon Nomination

WASHINGTON — President Trump returned on Monday to his post-impeachment score-settling, withdrawing the nomination of Elaine McCusker to a top Defense Department post. Ms. McCusker had questioned the suspension of assistance to Ukraine, a central line of inquiry in the president’s impeachment. White House aides had forecast the punishment for Ms. McCusker last month, around […]

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We Represented the Whistle-Blower. The Law Needs Urgent Help.

Whistle-blowers are needed now more than ever. They must be persuaded that while there are always risks, the system can protect them. We served as the attorneys for the intelligence community whistle-blower, and every step of the way we sought to protect them from reprisal, threats and disclosure of their identity. The last six months […]

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There’s a New Artist in Town. The Name Is Biden.

LOS ANGELES — Dressed in Oxford boots, jeans and a long sleeve T-shirt, Hunter Biden ushered a reporter down a stone walkway, into a pool house-turned-art studio in the Hollywood Hills. It was filled with colorful works of decorative abstraction — psychedelic florals and ethereal patterns that look like nature viewed through a microscope, leaning […]

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Trump Accuses Media and Democrats of Exaggerating Coronavirus Threat

WASHINGTON — President Trump and members of his administration mobilized on Friday to confront the threat of the coronavirus — not just the outbreak but the news media and the Democrats they accused of exaggerating its danger in order to destroy his presidency. While stock markets tumbled, companies searched for new supply chains and health […]

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Uniting Trumpers, Never Trumpers and Democrats With a New Deputy at the State Dept.

WASHINGTON — When Stephen E. Biegun was sworn in as deputy secretary of state, it was in front of an unusual crowd at the State Department — one that included loyalists to President Trump, but also a mix of Never Trumpers and Democrats. Denis R. McDonough, President Barack Obama’s White House chief of staff and […]

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Mulvaney Says He Often Disagrees With Trump (Just Never Publicly)

Mick Mulvaney, the acting White House chief of staff, said in a wide-ranging discussion on Wednesday night that he disagreed with President Trump “every single day,” mocked a fellow administration adviser and accused Republicans of hypocrisy over the budget deficit. Mr. Mulvaney, addressing a crowd of several hundred during a question-and-answer session with the Oxford […]

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Trump Expected to Name Richard Grenell as Acting Head of Intelligence

WASHINGTON — President Trump was expected to name Richard Grenell, the American ambassador to Germany, to be the acting director of national intelligence, three people familiar with the matter said on Wednesday. Mr. Grenell, whose outspokenness throughout his career as a political operative and then as ambassador has prompted criticism, is a vocal Trump loyalist […]

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John Rood, Top Defense Official, Latest to Leave After Impeachment Saga

WASHINGTON — John C. Rood, the Defense Department’s top policy official, is the latest member of President Trump’s national security team involved in the Ukraine matter to leave the government. Mr. Rood, the under secretary of defense for policy, will step down at the end of February, the department’s press secretary, Alyssa Farah, said Wednesday. […]

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Bolton Hints at Further Revelations if He Overcomes White House ‘Censorship’

DURHAM, N.C. — John R. Bolton, the former national security adviser to President Trump, suggested on Monday that his unpublished book contained far more revelations than just the campaign to pressure Ukraine for help with domestic politics but said he was fighting “censorship” by the White House. In his first public appearance since the Senate […]

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A Presidency Increasingly Guided by Suspicion and Distrust

WASHINGTON — President Trump suggested in recent days that he had, in fact, learned a lesson from his now-famous telephone call with Ukraine’s president that ultimately led to his impeachment: Too many people are listening to his phone calls. “When you call a foreign leader, people listen,” he observed on Geraldo Rivera’s radio show. “I […]

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Prepare to Meet Donald Trump, Defender of Democracy

Addressing his cheering supporters in New Hampshire, Bernie Sanders declared, “This victory here is the beginning of the end for Donald Trump.” But wait, wasn’t the House vote to impeach him the beginning of the end for Donald Trump? The United States had never before impeached a president running for re-election, and now we are […]

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As a Post-Impeachment Trump Pushes the Limits, Republicans Say Little

WASHINGTON — On a day when President Trump congratulated the attorney general for overruling career prosecutors in favor of the lighter prison sentence he sought for a longtime friend, Senate Republicans agreed on one thing: Reining in a president emboldened by the impeachment acquittal they orchestrated is not on their to-do list. “Kind of immaterial,” […]

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Marie Yovanovitch, Ex-Envoy, Offers Sober Appraisal of U.S. Diplomacy

WASHINGTON — Marie L. Yovanovitch, the former ambassador to Ukraine who became a central witness in the impeachment inquiry against President Trump, delivered a candid and at times stark assessment Wednesday of the declining health of American diplomacy. In her first public remarks since her testimony in November in the impeachment proceedings, Ms. Yovanovitch appeared […]

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Trump Is Waiting and He is Ready

There are three crucial developments working in Donald Trump’s favor in the 2020 presidential campaign. These include what a group of Harvard economists — Alberto Alesina, Stefanie Stantcheva and Armando Miano — describe in a recent paper as “The Polarization of Reality.” They write: Evidence is growing that Americans are polarized not only in their […]

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