Tag: Rosenstein, Rod J

Live Briefing: Mueller Report Live Updates: Summary Expected on Capitol Hill Within an Hour

Right Now: The attorney general will deliver his summary of the Mueller report to Congress this afternoon, a Justice Department official said.. • Lawmakers on Capitol Hill have been told to expect to receive the summary of the Mueller report’s key findings from Attorney General William P. Barr within 45 minutes. • President Trump remained […]

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McCabe Says Justice Dept. Officials Had Discussions About Pushing Trump Out

WASHINGTON — Andrew G. McCabe, the former deputy F.B.I. director, said in an interview aired on Thursday that top Justice Department officials became so alarmed by President Trump’s decision in May 2017 to fire James B. Comey, the bureau’s director, that they discussed whether to recruit cabinet members to invoke […]

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McCabe Says Justice Officials Discussed Recruiting Cabinet Members to Push Trump Out of Office

WASHINGTON — Andrew G. McCabe, the former deputy F.B.I. director, said in an interview aired on Thursday that top Justice Department officials were so alarmed by President Trump’s decision in May 2017 to fire James B. Comey, the bureau’s director, that they discussed whether to recruit cabinet members to invoke […]

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5 Takeaways From The Times’s Interview With President Trump

WASHINGTON — President Trump wanted to talk. He initially invited A. G. Sulzberger, the publisher of The New York Times, to an off-the-record dinner. Mr. Sulzberger countered with a request for an on-the-record interview that included Times reporters. The White House accepted. Mr. Trump held forth from the Oval Office […]

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Trump, in Interview, Calls Wall Talks ‘Waste of Time’ and Dismisses Investigations

WASHINGTON — A defiant President Trump declared on Thursday that he has all but given up on negotiations with Congress over his border wall and will proceed without lawmakers even as he dismissed any suggestions of wrongdoing in the investigations that have ensnared his associates. In an interview in the […]

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Is Mueller Building an Expansive Obstruction Case?

The court filings on Friday in the Michael Cohen and Paul Manafort cases require reading between the lines. Some lines, redacted, are missing altogether. However, what has been made public calls for reconsidering the longstanding assumptions about President Trump’s potential exposure to a charge of obstruction of justice. That discussion […]

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Matthew Whitaker and the Corruption of Justice

By forcing out Attorney General Jeff Sessions and appointing Mr. Sessions’s chief of staff, Matthew Whitaker, as acting attorney general to take over the Justice Department — and, not incidentally, the investigation by the special counsel, Robert Mueller — President Trump has set off a storm of legal questions. Does […]

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Whitaker May Be a Bad Choice, but He’s a Legal One

AUSTIN, Tex. — President Trump’s selection of Matthew Whitaker to serve as acting attorney general has provoked alarm across the political spectrum, and for good reason. But as troubling as Mr. Whitaker may turn out to be for the rule of law, Mr. Trump was acting within the scope of […]

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Mueller Has a Way Around Trump and His Minions

In a stunning move on the heels of the midterm election, President Trump has forced the resignation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and appointed an outspoken critic of the Mueller investigation — Matthew Whitaker — as acting attorney general, shunting Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to the sidelines. This raises […]

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Mueller Inquiry Faces New Uncertainty With Skeptic Atop Justice Dept.

WASHINGTON — On Thursday, a top Justice Department official traveled across downtown Washington as he does every other week to the office of Robert S. Mueller III to check on the progress of the special counsel’s investigation. The visit was the first since President Trump installed a loyalist atop the […]

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Sessions Executed the Agenda of a President Who Could Not Look Past a Betrayal

WASHINGTON — The night before he was fired, Attorney General Jeff Sessions was in high spirits. He was watching the midterm election results at the Justice Department with his wife and staff members, according to two people present, and enjoying a final, welcome evening of normalcy before President Trump abruptly […]

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Trump Installs a Critic of the Mueller Investigation to Oversee It

WASHINGTON — Matthew G. Whitaker, the attorney general’s chief of staff, jockeyed over the last two months to replace his boss by forging a close relationship with the White House, where he was seen as a reliable political ally. On Wednesday, President Trump fired Jeff Sessions and named Mr. Whitaker […]

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Trump Strikes at Justice

Robert Mueller, the special counsel, always knew he was running the Russia investigation on borrowed time. That time may have just run out on Wednesday afternoon, when President Trump ousted his attorney general, Jeff Sessions, less than 24 hours after Republicans lost their eight-year lock on the House of Representatives. […]

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Jeff Sessions Is Forced Out as Attorney General as Trump Installs Loyalist

WASHINGTON — President Trump forced out Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday and replaced him with a loyalist who will now take charge of the special counsel investigation into Russia’s election interference, a defiant move just a day after a midterm election loss. Mr. Sessions delivered his resignation letter to […]

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Trump Forces Out Jeff Sessions as He Cleans House After the Midterms

WASHINGTON — President Trump forced out Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday, ending a partnership that soured almost from the start of the administration and degenerated into one of the most acrimonious public standoffs between a commander in chief and a senior cabinet member in modern American history. Mr. Sessions’s […]

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House Democrats Can Constrain Trump. They Can Also Overreach.

After Donald Trump won the election in 2016, he was in a position of great power to cut taxes, repeal Obamacare and build border walls to his heart’s content — if congressional Republicans cooperated. Of course, they didn’t always cooperate, but Mr. Trump was also able to push forward his […]

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Impeach Rosenstein? C’mon, Man

While Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is surely disheartened to have had five articles of impeachment filed against him by a clutch of congressional Republicans on Wednesday evening, he should not take the move personally. Although Representatives Mark Meadows of North Carolina and Jim Jordan of Ohio, the current and former chairmen of the conservative […]

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House Republicans Mount a Long-Shot Bid to Impeach Rod Rosenstein

WASHINGTON — A group of House Republicans escalated their feud with the deputy attorney general, Rod J. Rosenstein, on Wednesday, introducing articles of impeachment in a long-shot bid to oust the official overseeing the special counsel inquiry into Russian election interference. The move was seen as much as a political maneuver as an act of […]

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Op-Ed Columnist: America First or Trump First?

Wray was unflinching. Asked about Putin’s denials in Helsinki of involvement in our election, Wray said: “He’s got his view. He’s expressed his view. I can tell you what my view is. The intelligence community’s assessment has not changed, my view has not changed, which is that Russia attempted to interfere with the last election […]

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Russia Campaign ‘Just One Tree in a Growing Forest,’ Rosenstein Says

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department will crack down on agents who are working to advance foreign agendas in the United States, Rod J. Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general, said on Thursday as he warned of a growing Russian threat to the United States. Influence operations undertaken by foreign governments “are a form of information warfare,” […]

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Gap Between Trump and Justice Dept. Officials Grows More Stark

WASHINGTON — Strolling past red-uniformed guardsmen at Windsor Castle on a gloriously sunny Friday, the queen of England at his side, President Trump was savoring the moment, broadcast live to his supporters back home. Then television screens across the nations switched to reveal a second display of authority: Rod J. Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general […]

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What Friday’s Indictments Mean

Today we learned that the special counsel, Robert Mueller, has obtained indictments charging that 12 Russian military intelligence officers engaged in a conspiracy to subvert our democracy. The indictments demonstrate that Mr. Mueller, the Department of Justice and a federal grand jury agree with a conclusion that the intelligence community, the Senate Intelligence Committee and […]

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