Tag: Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates

The Integrity of William Barr

After the stormy tenure of Jeff Sessions as attorney general, the likely return of William Barr to the job — which he held with distinction under President George H.W. Bush — has been greeted with sighs of reliefs at the Justice Department. The reason is not hard to divine: Bill […]

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Escort Who Said She Had Tapes of Russian Meddling to Be Deported From Thailand

A Belarusian escort who has spent nearly a year behind bars in Thailand after claiming to have audio recordings linking Russia with President Trump’s election will be deported within days, officials said Wednesday. Anastasia Vashukevich and seven others arrested with her pleaded guilty to charges of solicitation and conspiracy on […]

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Trump and Putin Have Met Five Times. What Was Said Is a Mystery.

WASHINGTON — The first time they met was in Germany. President Trump took his interpreter’s notes afterward and ordered him not to disclose what he heard to anyone. Later that night, at a dinner, Mr. Trump pulled up a seat next to President Vladimir V. Putin to talk without any […]

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Republicans Break Ranks Over Move to Lift Sanctions on Russian Oligarch’s Firms

WASHINGTON — A group of 11 Republican senators broke ranks with their leadership and the administration on Tuesday to side with Democrats in a showdown over sanctions on Russia, underscoring the political sensitivity of the issue amid questions about President Trump’s relationship with Moscow. The Republicans voted with Democrats seeking […]

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William Barr Vows to Let Mueller Finish Inquiry and to Protect Justice Dept. Integrity

WASHINGTON — William P. Barr, President Trump’s nominee for attorney general, assured senators at his confirmation hearing on Tuesday that he will permit the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, to complete the Russia investigation and said he was determined to resist any pressure from President Trump to use law […]

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Barr Vows to Let Mueller Finish and to Protect Justice Dept. Integrity

WASHINGTON — William P. Barr, President Trump’s nominee for attorney general, assured senators at his confirmation hearing on Tuesday that he will permit the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, to complete the Russia investigation and said he was determined to resist any pressure from President Trump to use law […]

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Donald Trump: The Russia File

If, beleaguered or bemused by the onrush of scandal and political antics, you’re searching for some index of just how truly not-normal American governance has become, you might consider this: Standing on the White House lawn on Monday morning, his own government shut down around him, the president of the […]

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Attorney General Nominee Promises to Allow Mueller to Finish His Work

WASHINGTON — William P. Barr, President Trump’s nominee for attorney general, promised on Monday that he would allow the special counsel to continue his investigation, seeking to allay Democrats’ fears that he might shut down the inquiry. “It is in the best interest of everyone — the president, Congress, and, […]

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News Analysis: Trump Confronts the Prospect of a ‘Nonstop Political War’ for Survival

WASHINGTON — So it has come to this: The president of the United States was asked over the weekend whether he is a Russian agent. And he refused to answer. The question, which came from a friendly interviewer, not one of the “fake media” journalists he disparages, was “the most […]

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Trump Laces Into F.B.I. Over Inquiry Into Whether He Aided Russia

WASHINGTON — President Trump on Saturday unleashed an extended assault on the F.B.I. and the special counsel’s investigation, knitting together a comprehensive alternative story in which he had been framed by disgraced “losers” at the bureau’s highest levels. In a two-hour span starting at 7 a.m., the president made a […]

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F.B.I. Opened Inquiry Into Whether Trump Was Secretly Working on Behalf of Russia

WASHINGTON — In the days after President Trump fired James B. Comey as F.B.I. director, law enforcement officials became so concerned by the president’s behavior that they began investigating whether he had been working on behalf of Russia against American interests, according to former law enforcement officials and others familiar […]

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Prosecutors Examining Ukrainians Who Flocked to Trump Inaugural

WASHINGTON — Hours after he was sworn in as America’s 45th president, Donald J. Trump and his wife, Melania, swayed together to a rendition of the Frank Sinatra classic “My Way,” as hundreds of their wealthiest and most influential supporters held aloft smartphones to capture the Trumps’ first dance following […]

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Former Trump Lawyer Michael Cohen Agrees to Testify to Congress

WASHINGTON — Michael D. Cohen, President Trump’s former personal lawyer who implicated him in a scheme to pay hush money to two women claiming to have had affairs with him, has agreed to testify before the House Oversight Committee next month and give “a full and credible account” of his […]

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Michael Cohen Agrees to Testify to Congress About Work for Trump

WASHINGTON — Michael D. Cohen, President Trump’s former personal lawyer who implicated him in a scheme to pay hush money to two women claiming to have had affairs with him, has agreed to testify before the House Oversight Committee next month and give “a full and credible account” of his […]

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Congress Summons Mnuchin to Explain Russian Sanctions Removal

WASHINGTON — House Democrats have summoned Steven Mnuchin, the Treasury secretary, to Congress on Thursday to deliver a classified briefing about the Trump administration’s plans to end sanctions on companies linked to the billionaire Russian oligarch Oleg V. Deripaska. The briefing is an early instance of Democratic lawmakers flexing their […]

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Judge Extends Term for Grand Jury Hearing Evidence From Mueller

WASHINGTON — A federal judge in Washington has extended the term of a grand jury hearing evidence uncovered by the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, in his investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential race and the Trump campaign. The jurors, impaneled in July 2017, will continue to […]

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Rashida Tlaib’s Expletive-Laden Cry to Impeach Trump Upends Democrats’ Talking Points

WASHINGTON — Impeachment was always going to hang heavily over the 116th Congress. But less than 12 hours into Democratic control, a freshman House Democrat’s exuberant, expletive-laden promise crashed the bipartisan bonhomie of opening day and thrust President Trump’s fate to the forefront of a divided Washington. In a speech […]

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Departing House Republicans Try to Keep Investigation Into F.B.I. Alive

WASHINGTON — In one of their final acts in the House majority, Republicans released a letter on Friday urging their Senate counterparts to pick up their politically charged inquiry into the handling of the F.B.I.’s investigations of President Trump’s campaign and Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server, and […]

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The Inevitability of Impeachment

An impeachment process against President Trump now seems inescapable. Unless the president resigns, the pressure by the public on the Democratic leaders to begin an impeachment process next year will only increase. Too many people think in terms of stasis: How things are is how they will remain. They don’t […]

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LinkedIn Co-Founder Apologizes for Deception in Alabama Senate Race

Reid Hoffman, the tech billionaire whose money was spent on Russian-style social media deception in a Senate race last year, apologized on Wednesday, saying in a statement that he had not approved the operation and did not support such tactics in American politics. Mr. Hoffman said he had no idea […]

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Facebook Closes 5 Accounts Tied to Russia-Like Tactics in Alabama Senate Race

In an unusual move against Russian-style election deception inside the United States, Facebook said on Saturday it had removed five accounts of Americans who used its platform improperly in the hard-fought Alabama Senate election last year. Among those whose accounts were removed was a prominent social media researcher who worked […]

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