Tag: Special Prosecutors (Independent Counsel)

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Good Luck in Court, Mr. Trump

A bit of common sense and common decency intruded on Tuesday into the crazy world of Donald Trump. In New York, the state attorney general announced that the president had agreed that the “charity” he used as a piggy bank has no reason to exist. In Washington, a federal judge […]

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Document Provides New Details of Michael Flynn Interview With F.B.I.

WASHINGTON — An F.B.I. document released late Monday provides new details of how Michael T. Flynn, President Trump’s first national security adviser, lied to federal investigators about his conversations with the Russian ambassador during the presidential transition. Prosecutors filed the document — an account by F.B.I. agents of their Jan. […]

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Former Michael Flynn Business Associates Indicted in Turkey Lobbying Case

WASHINGTON — Two former business associates of Michael T. Flynn, President Trump’s first national security adviser, have been indicted as part of a federal investigation into Turkey’s secret 2016 lobbying campaign to pressure the United States to expel a rival of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Charges against the two […]

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Mueller Rejects Flynn’s Attempt to Portray Himself as Victim of the F.B.I.

WASHINGTON — The special counsel’s office rejected on Friday a suggestion from Michael T. Flynn, President Trump’s former national security adviser, that he had been tricked into lying to F.B.I. agents investigating Russia’s election interference and ties to Trump associates. Prosecutors laid out a pattern of lies by Mr. Flynn […]

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Cohen Says ‘Of Course’ Trump Knew Hush Payments to Women Were Wrong

WASHINGTON — President Trump’s former lawyer and fixer Michael D. Cohen said he knew arranging payments during the campaign to quiet two women who claimed to have had affairs with the candidate was wrong. He said Mr. Trump knew it was wrong at the time, too. “Of course,” Mr. Cohen […]

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Trump Inaugural Fund and Super PAC Said to Be Scrutinized for Illegal Foreign Donations

WASHINGTON — Federal prosecutors are examining whether foreigners illegally funneled donations to President Trump’s inaugural committee and a pro-Trump super PAC in hopes of buying influence over American policy, according to people familiar with the inquiry. The inquiry focuses on whether people from Middle Eastern nations — including Qatar, Saudi […]

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‘His Dirty Deeds’

There have been some dark days in America in recent months, days when its astonished citizens have had reason to wonder whether its institutions and even its ideals — the Congress, the electoral process, the notion that honesty matters — had become too brittle to withstand what could seem like […]

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Would Indicting Trump Be Constitutional?

The government’s recent sentencing memos regarding Michael Cohen, President Trump’s former lawyer, have prompted speculation about whether Mr. Trump himself acted unlawfully during his presidential campaign. The possibility of such criminal conduct has, in turn, renewed an old debate about whether it would be constitutional to indict a sitting United […]

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Michael Cohen Wanted to Cooperate in His Own Way. Prosecutors Had Other Ideas.

Michael D. Cohen, President Trump’s former fixer, always had a high self-regard for his ability to talk — or bully — his way out of challenging situations, whether acting on his own or on behalf of Mr. Trump. So when federal prosecutors in the Southern District of New York began […]

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Highlights of Comey Testimony: He Likes Mueller, but They’re Not Best Friends

Has James B. Comey, the former director of the F.B.I., ever hugged and kissed the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III? President Trump, who fired Mr. Comey in May 2017, said in September he could produce more than 100 photographs of such affection. In testimony behind closed doors before 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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Michael Cohen, Trump’s Ex-Fixer, Should Get Prison Term of About 4 Years, Prosecutors Say

Michael Cohen, President Trump’s former lawyer, should receive a “substantial” prison term of roughly four years, despite his cooperation, federal prosecutors in New York said on Friday. Mr. Cohen, 52, is to be sentenced in Manhattan next week for two separate guilty pleas: one for campaign finance violations and financial […]

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Mueller to Reveal New Details in Manafort and Cohen Inquiries

WASHINGTON — The special counsel’s office is expected to reveal more details on Friday about separate investigations that have ensnared President Trump’s personal lawyer and his former campaign chairman. Federal prosecutors working for the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, will submit a sentencing memorandum in Manhattan federal court outlining […]

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