Special Prosecutors (Independent Counsel)

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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Justice Dept. Is Said to Open Criminal Inquiry Into Its Own Russia Investigation

NYT > U.S. > Politics WASHINGTON — For more than two years, President Trump has repeatedly attacked the Russia investigation, portraying it as a hoax and illegal even months after the special counsel closed it. Now, Mr. Trump’s own Justice Department has opened a criminal investigation into how it all began. Justice Department officials have […]

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Review of Russia Inquiry Grows as F.B.I. Witnesses Are Questioned

NYT > U.S. > Politics WASHINGTON — Federal prosecutors reviewing the origins of the Russia investigation have asked witnesses pointed questions about any anti-Trump bias among former F.B.I. officials who are frequent targets of President Trump and about the earliest steps they took in the Russia inquiry, according to former officials and other people familiar […]

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Barr and a Top Prosecutor Cast a Wide Net in Reviewing the Russia Inquiry

NYT > U.S. > Politics WASHINGTON — After a jet carrying Attorney General William P. Barr touched down in Rome late last month, some diplomats and intelligence officials at the American Embassy were unsure why he had come to the Eternal City. They were later surprised, two officials said, to discover that he had circumvented […]

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Italy’s Connection to the Russia Investigation, Explained

NYT > U.S. > Politics WASHINGTON — Attorney General William P. Barr has said he is reviewing Mr. Papadopoulos was eventually convicted of lying to federal investigators and served 12 days in prison. Since leaving prison, Mr. Papadopoulos has promoted unfounded assertions and outright conspiracy theories about the Russia investigation. He wrote a book, “Deep […]

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‘I Wasn’t Asked to Do Anything Illegal,’ Lewandowski Says in Hearing

NYT > U.S. > Politics WASHINGTON — Corey Lewandowski, one of President Trump’s most loyal political confidants, confirmed in congressional testimony on Tuesday that the president had once asked him to help curtail the scope of the Russia investigation, possibly obstructing justice. But under sharp questioning from Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee conducting an […]

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Judiciary Panel Advances Impeachment Inquiry of Trump as Doubts Linger

NYT > U.S. > Politics WASHINGTON — The House Judiciary Committee on Thursday took its first vote to press forward with an impeachment investigation of President Trump, putting aside internal divisions over the process in a bid to strengthen its hand in uncovering crucial facts in the inquiry. The measure, which was approved on Thursday […]

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Democrats to Broaden Impeachment Inquiry Into Trump to Corruption Accusations

NYT > U.S. > Politics WASHINGTON — House Democrats return to Washington this week poised to significantly broaden their nascent impeachment inquiry into President Trump beyond the findings of the Russia investigation, but they will confront a fast-dwindling political clock. Undeterred by lackluster public support for impeachment, Democratic lawmakers and aides have sketched out a […]

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Michael Flynn’s Lawyers Escalate Attacks on Prosecutors

NYT > U.S. > Politics WASHINGTON — Lawyers for Michael T. Flynn, the president’s first national security adviser, escalated their attacks on prosecutors on Friday, recycling unfounded conspiratorial accusations in a last-ditch bid to delay his sentencing in a case in which he has twice admitted guilt. The move could anger Emmet G. Sullivan, the […]

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Comey Is Criticized in Watchdog Report Over Handling of Memos About Trump

NYT > U.S. > Politics WASHINGTON — The Justice Department inspector general released on Thursday a report that was highly critical of the former F.B.I. director James B. Comey’s handling of memos detailing his interactions with the president, accusing him of setting “a dangerous example” for officials with access to government secrets. The findings were […]

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