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

Manafort Folds. Now What?

Advertisement His cooperation agreement with Robert Mueller is the start of a new chapter in the special counsel’s investigation. By Noah Bookbinder, Barry Berke and Norman L. Eisen Mr. Bookbinder is the executive director of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. Mr. Berke is a co-chairman of the litigation […]

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Trump Blasts Sessions for Charging G.O.P. Members Before Midterms

WASHINGTON — President Trump on Monday attacked Jeff Sessions, his attorney general, over the Justice Department’s decision to bring criminal charges against two Republican congressmen ahead of the midterm elections, linking the department’s actions with his party’s political fate. In a pair of tweets sent midafternoon, Mr. Trump suggested that […]

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Democrats, Eyeing a Majority, Prepare an Investigative Onslaught

WASHINGTON — House Democrats, increasingly optimistic they will win back control in November, are mining a mountain of stymied oversight requests in preparation for an onslaught of hearings, subpoenas and investigations into nearly every corner of the Trump administration. While they continue to distance themselves from the most extreme recourse […]

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Trump Attacks CNN After Source Raises Doubts About Report on Russia Meeting

President Trump attacked CNN on Wednesday, writing on Twitter that the network had been “caught in a major lie” in connection to an article it published in July about claims made by the president’s former personal lawyer, Michael D. Cohen. The article, which was written by Jim Sciutto, Marshall Cohen […]

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White House Counsel Donald McGahn Will Leave This Fall, Trump Announces on Twitter

WASHINGTON — The White House counsel, Donald F. McGahn II, will be leaving the administration this fall, President Trump tweeted Wednesday morning, leaving the president’s side just as the sprawling investigation into Russian election interference could come to a conclusion. In addition to stripping the White House of another top […]

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The End of Impunity

Democrats who are likely to head key committees say they aren’t planning revenge; it’s important to them to show that they can govern. Elijah Cummings, the ranking Democrat on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, wants to make sure Democrats emphasize bread-and-butter issues like the rise in prescription […]

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Trump Praises Manafort for Refusing to ‘Break,’ Unlike Cohen, His Former Fixer

President Trump on Wednesday praised his former campaign chairman who was just convicted of defrauding the federal government and accused his longtime personal attorney of breaking under legal pressure. Paul Manafort, Mr. Trump’s former campaign chairman, was convicted Tuesday of tax and financial fraud. Michael D. Cohen, the president’s former […]

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A One-Two Punch Puts Trump Back on His Heels

WASHINGTON — In two courtrooms 200 miles apart on Tuesday, President Trump’s almost daily attempts to dismiss the criminal investigations that have engulfed his White House all but collapsed. Mr. Trump has long mocked the investigations as “rigged witch hunts,” pursued by Democrats and abetted by a dishonest news media. […]

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Facebook Identifies New Political Influence Operation Ahead of Midterm Elections

SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook said it had identified a new political influence campaign on its platform that appeared intended to disrupt the midterm elections. The social network found and took down 652 fake accounts and pages that were trying to sow discord around social issues. Some of the accounts in […]

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All the President’s Crooks

He also enriched himself by working for some of the world’s most notorious leaders, including Ferdinand Marcos in the Philippines, Jonas Savimbi in Angola and Mobutu Sese Seko of the Democratic Republic of Congo. He helped elect the pro-Kremlin Viktor Yanukovych as president of Ukraine, a job that earned him […]

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Paul Manafort Convicted in Fraud Trial

Defense lawyers acknowledged that Mr. Manafort had no income by the time the Trump campaign hired him in March 2016 as a volunteer, first to manage delegates to the Republican National Convention, then as campaign chairman. Still, he bought his annual season tickets to the New York Yankees, charging $210,600 […]

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Paul Manafort Trial Jury Suggests It Is Divided on One of 18 Counts

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The jury in the financial fraud trial of Paul Manafort asked the judge on Tuesday for instructions on how to fill out the verdict sheet if jurors are having trouble reaching consensus on a single one of the 18 counts. Judge T.S. Ellis III called the jurors […]

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Trump Attacks New York Times Report on Don McGahn’s Cooperation With Mueller

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, N.J. — President Trump attacked The New York Times on Sunday in a series of tweets in which he denounced a report describing the extensive cooperation between the White House counsel, Donald F. McGahn II, and the special counsel’s investigators. In the Twitter posts, the president confirmed that […]

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Beyond the N.R.A.: Maria Butina’s Peculiar Bid for Russian Influence

WASHINGTON — Twelve days after a young Russian gun-rights activist gained access to some of America’s most prominent conservatives, at an elegant dinner near the Capitol, a Republican operative was eager to keep the momentum going. In a February 2017 email, the operative, Paul Erickson, proposed another “U.S./Russia friendship” dinner. He noted that the activist, […]

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Paul Manafort’s Accountant Testifies She Helped Alter Financial Documents

She also sent letters to banks noting that Mr. Manafort anticipated a $2.4 million payment by November 2016 for work in Ukraine. In fact, his Ukraine work for Mr. Yanukovych — whom prosecutors called Mr. Manafort’s “golden goose” — had ended at least a year earlier. Other financial records showed that Mr. Manafort’s company, DMP […]

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There’s Trump’s Foreign Policy and Then There’s His Administration’s

Yet at a rally in Pennsylvania hours later, Mr. Trump dismissed the special counsel’s investigation of Russian interference as a “hoax” that was impeding his efforts to nurture a constructive relationship with the Russian president. “I got along great with Putin,” he said of their recent meeting in Helsinki, Finland. As for NATO’s members, he […]

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Paul Manafort Was Deep in Debt. He Saw an Opportunity in Trump.

WASHINGTON — Paul Manafort’s services did not come cheap. His consulting work helped prop up foreign strongmen, who in turn kept him in $12,000 bespoke suits from Beverly Hills. But by 2016, Mr. Manafort was broke. His longtime cash cow, the Ukrainian president Viktor F. Yanukovych, was out of office, living in exile. Mr. Manafort […]

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Fact Check of the Day: Trump’s Inaccurate Claims About Highways, Immigration and Beyoncé From a Pennsylvania Rally

Advertisement Fact Check of the Day President Trump said his campaign rallies drew larger crowds than concerts for Beyoncé, Jay-Z and Bruce Springsteen. That was one of 15 inaccurate claims he made. Aug. 2, 2018 what was said “Highways would take 21 years to get approved. We have it down to two years, and it’s […]

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‘They Can Make Anything Bad’: Trump Bashes a Familiar Foe

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. — President Trump devoted the majority of his time at a rowdy rally here on Thursday targeting the news media, deriding the reporters present as “fake, fake disgusting news.” The rally, intended to galvanize support for Representative Lou Barletta, a Republican who is running for Senate in this fall’s midterm elections, did eventually […]

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Prosecutors Document Paul Manafort’s Reversal of Fortune After 2014

Still, she acknowledged that in early 2016, as Mr. Manafort sought to mortgage some of his seven or eight homes, Mr. Gates was the one who peppered her with demands for inaccurate financial statements. “Does not make sense,” Mr. Gates wrote her when she refused to alter a financial statement to show income that Mr. […]

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