Tag: Presidential Election of 2016

We Don’t Need to Read the Mueller Report

People lie to hide the truth. They lie to hide crimes. And while everyone is dying for a peek at Robert Mueller’s bombshell report to see if he says any crimes were committed by the Trump campaign in 2016, the truth is actually already out there, hidden in plain sight. Mr. Mueller’s report may never […]

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Mueller Delivers Report on Trump-Russia Investigation to Attorney General

WASHINGTON — The special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, has delivered a report on his inquiry into Russian interference in the 2016 election to Attorney General William P. Barr, according to the Justice Department, bringing to a close an investigation that has consumed the nation and cast a shadow over President Trump for nearly two […]

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The Meaning of the Mueller Report

Give President Trump this much: In the face of the biggest existential threat to his presidency, the special counsel’s Russia investigation, he checked himself where it mattered most. Yes, his near-daily campaign to mock and discredit Robert Mueller’s “witch hunt” has now lasted longer than his campaign for the White House. His shameful, conspiratorial attacks […]

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Mueller Delivers Report on Russia Investigation to Attorney General

WASHINGTON — The special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, has delivered a report on his inquiry into Russian interference in the 2016 election to Attorney General William P. Barr, according to the Justice Department, bringing to a close an investigation that has consumed the nation and cast a shadow over President Trump for nearly two […]

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Prosecutor Who Led Case Against Michael Cohen to Step Down

Robert S. Khuzami, the senior federal prosecutor in Manhattan who oversaw the criminal case against Michael D. Cohen, President Trump’s former lawyer and fixer, will step down next month, according to people briefed on the matter. Mr. Khuzami’s departure, which is expected to be announced on Friday, comes even as his office’s investigation into Mr. […]

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While You Wait for Mueller

This article is part of David Leonhardt’s newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it each weekday. Yes, I know you’ve heard this before, but many observers think it’s finally true: The Mueller report seems to be coming soon. I want to step back this morning and review what Robert’s Mueller investigation (and others) […]

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Getting Rid of the Electoral College Isn’t Just About Trump

At a CNN town hall in Jackson, Miss., on Monday night, Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts called for shutting down the Electoral College. “I believe we need a constitutional amendment that protects the right to vote for every American citizen and to make sure that vote gets counted,” she said. Her suggestion brought a sharp […]

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Trump Says Mueller Report Should Be Made Public: ‘Let People See It’

President Trump said Wednesday that he would support the public release of the special counsel report on possible Russian ties to his 2016 campaign, telling reporters that Attorney General William P. Barr should “let it come out.” Mr. Trump, who declined last month to commit to making the results of the investigation public, said “tens […]

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A Mar-a-Lago Weekend and an Act of God: Trump’s History With Deutsche Bank

As President Trump delivered his inaugural address in 2017, a slight woman with feathered gray hair sat listening, bundled in a hooded white parka in a fenced-off V.I.P. section. Her name was Rosemary T. Vrablic. She was a managing director at Deutsche Bank and one of the reasons Mr. Trump had just taken the oath […]

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It Isn’t Complicated: Trump Encourages Violence

The president of the United States suggested last week that his political supporters might resort to violence if they didn’t get their way. The statement didn’t even get that much attention. I’m guessing you heard a lot more about the college-admissions scandal than about the president’s threat of extralegal violence. So let me tell you […]

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How Trump’s Brand of Grievance Politics Roiled a Pennsylvania Campaign

OLD FORGE, Pa. — The news came at 9:41 p.m. Tuesday: Frank Scavo III had lost. Again. Mr. Scavo, a perennial candidate running for the Pennsylvania Legislature on a platform of ending property taxes, was trounced by a Democratic newcomer, Bridget Malloy Kosierowski, the first woman to represent the Scranton-area district in decades. Initially, Mr. […]

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Tech Firm in Steele Dossier May Have Been Used by Russian Spies

WASHINGTON — Aleksej Gubarev is a Russian technology entrepreneur who runs companies in Europe and the United States that provide cut-rate internet service. But he is best known for his appearance in 2016 in a dossier that purported to detail Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election — and the Trump campaign’s complicity. Mr. Gubarev’s […]

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Washington Memo: Mueller Report Has Washington Spinning (and It’s Not Even Filed)

WASHINGTON — Television crews have been positioned outside the offices of the special counsel, the federal courthouse and, at least before they were asked to leave, the McLean, Va., home of the new attorney general, William P. Barr. Lawmakers on Capitol Hill are so desperate for hints that they are […]

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The Massage Parlor Owner and Mar-a-Lago

Even if you’re an avid follower of the news, it’s hard to keep track of Donald Trump’s scandals. The president’s singular governing innovation has been to engage in grift so baroque, so galactically expansive, that trying to comprehend it all at once tests the limit of the human mind. Revelations […]

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Political Memo: For Female Candidates, the Era of Family Dynasties Fades Away

[Sign up for our politics newsletter and join our conversation about the 2020 presidential race.] Wife. Widow. Daughter. For decades in American politics, successful female candidates often belonged to political dynasties, following in the footsteps of a husband or father and relying on their famous last names to reassure voters. […]

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Will There Be Smoking Guns in the Mueller Report?

Any week now, any day now — so the news reports go — the special counsel’s office will file the Mueller report. It will round out a trilogy. In 1974, to inform its impeachment proceedings, Congress received what became known as the “road map,” a terse document from the office […]

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Think Like a Libel Lawyer

My job, when I am doing it right, is to please no one. I’m a press lawyer. I’m paid by this newspaper to vet stories before publication. Think of me as a story’s first and worst reader: doubtful, questioning, blind to subtlety, skeptical of the facts, regularly prodding editors and […]

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Paul Manafort Is Sentenced to Less Than 4 Years in 1 of 2 Cases Against Him

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Paul Manafort, the political consultant and Trump presidential campaign chairman whose lucrative work in Ukraine and ties to well-connected Russians made him a target of the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, was sentenced to 47 months in prison on Thursday in the financial fraud case that […]

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Giuliani Says Lawyers Have Sought Trump Pardons for Their Clients

WASHINGTON — President Trump’s lead lawyer, Rudolph W. Giuliani, said Wednesday that lawyers for several people facing scrutiny from the Justice Department in the investigations into the Trump campaign and presidency had contacted him to see whether the president would pardon their clients. Mr. Giuliani declined to identify the lawyers […]

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Cohen Offers Documents in Bid to Show Trump Lawyers Helped With False Testimony

WASHINGTON — Michael D. Cohen on Wednesday provided new documents to the House Intelligence Committee that he said illustrated changes made at the request of President Trump’s lawyers to a knowingly false written statement that he delivered to Congress in 2017, according to three people familiar with the matter. Mr. […]

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