Indictment Leaves No Doubt: Russia Backed Trump

The detailed indictment of 13 Russians for intervening in the 2016 presidential election has rekindled a debate that had never fully gone away and now seems destined to become one of the great unresolved questions in American political history: Did Moscow tilt the election to Donald J. Trump? The 37-page indictment, revealing a sophisticated network that sought to bolster Mr. Trump and undermine […]

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White House counsel walks a fine line in serving Trump’s demands

President Trump had a request for his lawyer: Call a senior Justice Department official and get him to persuade the FBI director to announce that Trump was not personally under investigation in the probe of Russian interference in the 2016 election. White House counsel Donald McGahn made the call in April to acting deputy attorney general Dana Boente but failed to convince him […]

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Trump prods Congress amid debate on immigration

President Donald Trump warned Tuesday that it’s now or never when it comes to extending protections for young immigrants who have stayed in the country illegally. Trump, in an early-morning tweet, said Congress must act now to provide legal protections to young “Dreamer” immigrants even as legislation faces an uncertain prospect in Congress. “Wouldn’t it be great if we could […]

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Trump: Democrats muted State of the Union reaction ‘treasonous,’ ‘un-American’

President Donald Trump called Democrats’ stone-faced reaction to his State of the Union address “treasonous” and “un-American” during a visit to a manufacturing plant in Cincinnati, Ohio Monday. Trump described Republicans “going totally crazy wild” during his State of the Union remarks one week ago, while Democrats remained seated and stone-faced for the majority of the speech. “They were like […]

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Republican lawmakers distance themselves from Trump on memo

A fierce partisan battle over the Justice Department and its role in the Russia investigation moves into its second week Monday as Democrats try to persuade the House Intelligence Committee to release a 10-page rebuttal to a controversial Republican memo alleging surveillance abuse. The panel’s top Democrat, Rep. Adam B. Schiff (Calif.), is expected to offer a motion to release his party’s […]

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Trump was persuaded to support memo’s release

President Trump was only vaguely aware of a controversial, classified memo about the FBI’s Russia investigation when two House conservatives brought it to his attention in a Jan. 18 phone call. The conversation piqued Trump’s interest. Over the next two weeks, according to interviews with eight senior administration officials and other advisers to the president, he tuned in to cable […]

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