Tag: Special Prosecutors (Independent Counsel)

Barr Clears Trump of Obstruction After Mueller Demurs

WASHINGTON — Over the 22 months of their inquiry, Robert S. Mueller III’s investigators examined countless documents and interviewed dozens of witnesses, including some of the highest-ranking lawyers and aides in the White House, to determine whether President Trump obstructed justice. But in the end, the special counsel reached no conclusion — instead producing a […]

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News Analysis: A Cloud Over Trump’s Presidency Is Lifted

WASHINGTON — For President Trump, it may have been the best day of his tenure so far. The darkest, most ominous cloud hanging over his presidency was all but lifted on Sunday with the release of the special counsel’s conclusions, which undercut the threat of impeachment and provided him with a powerful boost for the […]

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Trump Declares Victory, and a War on His Enemies

WASHINGTON — President Trump was in the private quarters of his Palm Beach, Fla., club on Sunday afternoon when two White House lawyers briefed him on the details of Attorney General William P. Barr’s four-page summary of the Russia investigation. Mr. Trump, just back from a round of golf, expressed vindication, though no great display […]

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No Collusion, No ‘Exoneration’

On its face, the letter that Attorney General William Barr sent to Congress on Sunday afternoon, summarizing the key findings of the special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, is good news, not just for President Trump. According to Mr. Barr’s four-page summary, Mr. Mueller and his team were unable to establish that anyone connected to […]

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No Impeachment in View, but Democrats Push On With Investigations of Trump

WASHINGTON — Attorney General William P. Barr’s summary on Sunday of the special counsel investigation keeps the impeachment of President Trump off the table, at least for now, but Democrats vowed to push forward with investigations into every aspect of the presidency and for access to the full report of the special counsel, Robert S. […]

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The Many Problems With the Barr Letter

On Sunday afternoon, soon after Attorney General Bill Barr released a letter outlining the Mueller investigation report, President Trump tweeted “Total EXONERATION!” But there are any number of reasons the president should not be taking a victory lap. First, obviously, he still faces the New York investigations into campaign finance violations by the Trump team […]

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Mueller Finds No Trump-Russia Conspiracy but Stops Short of Exonerating President on Obstruction of Justice

This is a developing story. The New York Times will be examining the findings. Check back for updates. WASHINGTON — The investigation led by Robert S. Mueller III found that neither President Trump nor any of his aides conspired or coordinated with the Russian government’s 2016 election interference, according to a summary of the special […]

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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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Mueller’s Findings Will Remain Confidential at Least Another Day

WASHINGTON — The findings of the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, will remain confidential for at least another day, a senior Justice Department official said on Saturday, as Attorney General William P. Barr continued to pore over the report to determine what to make public. Mr. Mueller delivered his highly anticipated report to Mr. […]

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Op-Ed Columnist: Now Comes Washington’s Garbo, Robert Mueller

WASHINGTON — I got a call at 3 p.m. on Friday from the Washington electric company telling me that a manhole in front of my house was smoking, that the underground cable to my house had burned up because it was old and that all the power in my house was out. “I can’t come […]

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Battle Looms Over Executive Privilege as Congress Seeks Access to Mueller Files

WASHINGTON — The makings of an epic constitutional battle over the executive branch’s power to keep information secret from Congress started to take shape on Friday, as Attorney General William P. Barr began to weigh how much to disclose about the findings of the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III. As Mr. Barr officially informed […]

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News Analysis: For Trump and the System, a Turning Point and a Test

After nearly three years of investigation, after hundreds of interviews and thousands upon thousands of pages of documents, after scores of indictments and court hearings and guilty pleas, after endless hours of cable-television and dinner-table speculation, the moment of reckoning has arrived. It will be a reckoning for President Trump, to be sure, but also […]

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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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Where’s the Mueller Report? Washington Can Barely Handle the Anticipation

WASHINGTON — The president’s lawyer has no idea when the report is coming, either. Seated alone amid tourists at the Trump International Hotel in Washington on Friday, Rudolph W. Giuliani, President Trump’s personal lawyer, scrolled through a tablet with one hand and held a cellphone in the other as he waited for the news that […]

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James Comey: What I Want From the Mueller Report

The country is eagerly awaiting the special counsel Robert Mueller’s report. Many people know what they want it to say — what they feel it simply must say — namely, that Donald Trump is a criminal who should be removed from office. Or that he is completely innocent of all wrongdoing. But not everyone knows […]

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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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Rick Gates, Trump Campaign Aide, Is Still Cooperating With Prosecutors

WASHINGTON — Rick Gates, the former top Trump campaign adviser who pleaded guilty to financial fraud crimes and lying to investigators, is still talking to federal prosecutors. The special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, requested for the fifth time on Friday a delay in the sentencing of Mr. Gates, a longtime political consultant who served […]

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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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