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

The Sunday Read: ‘This Was Trump Pulling a Putin’

Is there a connection between former President Donald J. Trump’s pressure campaign on Ukraine, the Russian invasion and the events of Jan. 6, 2021? The journalist Robert Draper talked to Fiona Hill, John Bolton and other former Trump advisers to gauge the extent to which the ex-president’s actions had a ripple effect. There are a […]

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Russia’s Reset

Russia’s attacks on Ukrainian civilians and soldiers in recent days have made clear that its withdrawal from northern Ukraine is more an attempt to reset Vladimir Putin’s invasion than a full retreat. The focus now is on the battle for eastern Ukraine, where Russian forces have deployed brutal tactics. Russia struck a train station crowded […]

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Trump and Ukraine: Former Advisers Revisit What Happened

Trump’s ignorance of world affairs would have been a liability under any circumstance. But it put him at a pronounced disadvantage when it came to dealing with those strongmen for whom he felt a natural affinity, like President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey. Once, while Trump was discussing Syria with Erdogan, Hill recalled: “Erdogan goes […]

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Republicans Once Silent on Russia Ratchet Up Attacks on Biden

Democrats argue that such criticism shows how single-minded the Republican Party has become about tearing down its opponents. “Republicans have defaulted to attacking Joe Biden in a moment of national crisis,” said Senator Christopher S. Murphy, Democrat of Connecticut. “There’s this infection in the Republican Party right now, in which power matters more than anything […]

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Ukraine War Shifts the Agenda in Congress, Empowering the Center

Now, the fossil fuel industry is ascendant. More mainstream Democrats are using the language of Republicans, talking about an “all of the above” energy strategy that includes renewable fuels and oil and gas. Natural gas is again spoken of as a “bridge” fuel to clean energy, not an enemy of the planet. “Some of my […]

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America’s Right Has a Putin Problem

Just a few weeks ago many influential figures on the U.S. right loved, just loved Vladimir Putin. In fact, some of them still can’t quit him. For example, Tucker Carlson, while he has grudgingly backed off from full-on Putin support, is still blaming America for the war and promoting Russian disinformation about U.S.-funded bioweapons labs. […]

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Republicans, Once Harsh Ukraine Critics, Pivot to Strong Support

Mr. Trump’s first impeachment grew out of his effort to withhold military support from Ukraine until Mr. Zelensky agreed to investigate Mr. Biden and his son, Hunter, and their involvement in a Ukrainian energy company, Burisma. After every Senate Republican except Mitt Romney of Utah voted to acquit Mr. Trump, Senators Ron Johnson, Republican of […]

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Zelensky and Trump: Two Performers, One Hero

WASHINGTON — History is full of strange odysseys and intersections. But it’s bizarre that two men who were both front page news in the Friday Times started on similar paths and, with a consequential encounter along the way, ended up so differently. Donald Trump and Volodymyr Zelensky both played leaders on TV shows and then […]

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G.O.P. Leaders Condemn Lawmakers’ Appearance at White Nationalist Conference

WASHINGTON — Republican congressional leaders on Monday broke their silence about the participation of two House Republicans at a far-right conference with ties to white supremacy, denouncing the actions of Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia and Representative Paul Gosar of Arizona. Three days after Ms. Greene appeared in person and Mr. Gosar by video […]

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G.O.P. Lawmakers’ Appearance at White Nationalist Conference Draws Rebuke

WASHINGTON — Republican congressional leaders on Monday broke their silence about the participation of two House Republicans at a far-right conference with ties to white supremacy, denouncing the actions of Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia and Representative Paul Gosar of Arizona. Three days after Ms. Greene appeared in person and Mr. Gosar by video […]

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Barr Rebukes Trump as ‘Off the Rails’ in New Memoir

WASHINGTON — Former Attorney General William P. Barr writes in a new memoir that former President Donald J. Trump’s “self-indulgence and lack of self-control” cost him the 2020 election and says “the absurd lengths to which he took his ‘stolen election’ claim led to the rioting on Capitol Hill.” In the book, “One Damn Thing […]

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Trump Praises Putin, Leaving Republicans in a Bind

“We are always rooting for peace,” he insisted. Andrew S. Weiss, a Russia expert at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, said the Kremlin had sought for a decade to win over allies on the American right, in part by denouncing gay rights, emphasizing Russian support for conservative social norms and inviting visits from prominent […]

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What to Know About the Crisis With Russia

On the edge of Europe and thousands of miles from the United States, the relevance of Ukraine extends far beyond its borders. First and foremost, a Russian invasion would upend the lives of 44 million Ukrainians. But its fate has huge implications for the rest of Europe, the health of the global economy and America’s […]

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Ukraine’s President Tries to Avert Panic as Pressure Mounts

KYIV, Ukraine — Russian attack helicopters were spotted buzzing within miles of his country’s borders on Sunday. The last strands of diplomacy were unraveling. Allies evacuated their embassies, airlines canceled flights, and a large number of private jets departed from the capital. For Volodymyr Zelensky, Ukraine’s president and a former comedic actor who was elected […]

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Giuliani in Talks to Testify to House Jan. 6 Panel

Rudolph W. Giuliani, who as former President Donald J. Trump’s lawyer helped lead the effort to overturn the results of the 2020 election, is in discussions with the House Jan. 6 committee about responding to its questions, according to three people familiar with the matter. The extent of any assistance that Mr. Giuliani might provide […]

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Puzzle in Ukraine Crisis: Where’s the U.S. Ambassador?

Some diplomats and experts speculated that the White House had little appetite for a Senate confirmation hearing that could devolve into a debate about Nord Stream 2, a natural gas pipeline between Russia and Germany that members of both parties have criticized Mr. Biden for not opposing more vigorously. Republicans might also use a confirmation […]

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Alexander Vindman Sues Trump Allies, Alleging Retaliation

Alexander Vindman, the Army colonel who was a chief witness in President Donald J. Trump’s first impeachment trial, filed a lawsuit on Wednesday against Mr. Trump’s son, Donald Trump Jr.; Rudolph W. Giuliani; and two other top Trump White House aides, accusing them of running a coordinated intimidation and retaliation campaign to stop him from […]

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Igor Fruman, Former Giuliani Associate, Is Sentenced to One Year in Prison

And Mr. Fruman’s connections helped lead to a meeting between Mr. Giuliani and Mr. Shokin’s successor, Yuriy Lutsenko, according to two people with knowledge of the arrangements. Mr. Lutsenko, who was helping Mr. Giuliani unearth damaging information about the Bidens, also wanted Marie L. Yovanovitch, the American ambassador to Ukraine, to be removed from her […]

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