Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates

The Man Trump Trusts for News on Ukraine

NYT > U.S. > Politics WASHINGTON — In weeks of closed-door testimony, American officials who worked in Ukraine kept circling back to the work of one journalist, John Solomon, whose articles they said appeared to have considerable currency with President Trump’s inner circle. They had never known Mr. Solomon to be an authority on Ukrainian […]

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Ukraine Affair Thrusts White House Lawyer Into Center of Crisis

NYT > U.S. > Politics WASHINGTON — The complaints came to the National Security Council’s top lawyer within hours of each other in early July. Two senior aides said they feared that one of President Trump’s top political appointees was improperly pressuring Ukrainian officials to help the president’s political fortunes. The lawyer, John A. Eisenberg, […]

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Bolton Said to Know of ‘Many Relevant Meetings’ on Ukraine, but Will Not Testify

NYT > U.S. > Politics WASHINGTON — John R. Bolton, President Trump’s former national security adviser, knows about “many relevant meetings and conversations” connected to a pressure campaign on Ukraine that House impeachment investigators have not yet been informed of, his lawyer told lawmakers on Friday. The lawyer, Charles J. Cooper, tucked the tantalizing assertion […]

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Impeachment Inquiry Tests Ties Between Barr and Trump

NYT > U.S. > Politics WASHINGTON — For a while at least, he seemed to have found his Roy Cohn, a lawyer to defend him against his accusers and go after his enemies. But the relationship between President Trump and Attorney General William P. Barr may be growing more complicated with the rising threat of […]

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Attorney General Declined Trump Request to Declare Nothing Illegal in Ukraine Call

NYT > U.S. > Politics WASHINGTON — President Trump asked that Attorney General William P. Barr hold a news conference to declare that he had broken no laws in a telephone call with Ukraine’s president that is now at the heart of the Democratic impeachment inquiry, but Mr. Barr declined, according to two people with […]

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Pompeo Faces Political Peril and Diplomats’ Revolt in Impeachment Inquiry

NYT > U.S. > Politics WASHINGTON — As President Trump’s first C.I.A. director, Mike Pompeo was briefed by agency officials on the extensive evidence — including American intercepts of conversations between participants — showing that Russian hackers working for the government of Vladimir V. Putin had interfered in the 2016 American presidential campaign. In May […]

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Inside Ukraine’s Push to Cultivate Trump From the Start

NYT > U.S. > Politics WASHINGTON — Long before a telephone call with Ukraine’s president that prompted an impeachment inquiry, President Trump was exchanging political favors with a different Ukrainian leader, who desperately sought American help for his country’s struggle against Russian aggression. Petro O. Poroshenko, Ukraine’s president until May, waged an elaborate campaign to […]

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John Bolton Is Summoned to Testify in Trump Impeachment Inquiry

NYT > U.S. > Politics WASHINGTON — House impeachment investigators on Wednesday summoned John R. Bolton, President Trump’s former national security adviser, and two top White House lawyers to testify next week in their inquiry into Mr. Trump’s pressure campaign on Ukraine, closing in on critical witnesses as they prepare to go public with their […]

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Former G.O.P. Lawmaker Pressed for Ambassador’s Ouster, Diplomat Will Say

NYT > U.S. > Politics WASHINGTON — Robert Livingston, a former Republican congressman turned lobbyist, repeatedly told a foreign service officer assigned to the White House that the American ambassador to Ukraine should be fired because of her association with Democrats, the officer plans to tell impeachment investigators on Wednesday. The officer, Catherine M. Croft, […]

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Contradicting Trump, Ukraine Knew of Aid Freeze Before It Became Public

NYT > U.S. > Politics KIEV, Ukraine — To Democrats who say that President Trump’s decision to freeze a $391 million military aid package to Ukraine was intended to bully Ukraine’s leader into carrying out investigations for Mr. Trump’s political benefit, the president and his allies have had a simple response: There could not have […]

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