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David A. Graham

David Graham is a senior associate editor at The Atlantic, where he oversees the Politics Channel. He previously reported for Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, and The National.
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Trump Shakes Up Communications Team

July 21, 2017 The White House saw a dramatic shake-up in its communications team Friday, as Press Secretary Sean Spicer resigned and President Trump appointed Anthony Scaramucci, a former hedge-fund manager, to be the administration’s communications director. The moves will have far-reaching, though as yet unpredictable, ramifications for a presidency that has not...

What Trump’s Cybersecurity Flip-Flop Reveals

July 10, 2017 Donald Trump’s grand plan for a joint cybersecurity team with Russia ended even before it began. On Friday, after his unexpectedly long meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, both sides said they were going to work together on cybersecurity issues. “The two leaders … agreed to explore creating a framework...

The Strange, High-Pressure Work of Presidential Interpreters

July 7, 2017 Ahead of President Trump’s meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin Friday, some of the White House’s critics lamented the lack of experience among the Americans in the meeting. The group included was extremely small—just six people, including Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, and interpreters. Ivo...

The Republican Backlash Against Trump's Vote-Fraud Commission

July 7, 2017 Republicans officials and officeholders were, for the most part, not pleased about the rise of Donald Trump as their party’s candidate, but they found themselves powerless to stop his winning the nomination and then the presidency. Since Trump became president, however, Republicans have become some of his most effective antagonists,...

Trump: There Are (Probably) No Tapes

June 22, 2017 President Trump said on Thursday that, despite his repeated teases about the existence of recordings of his conversations with fired FBI Director James Comey, he did not make any tapes. But he added a paranoid flourish, nodding toward frequent leaks from the government and his claims of persecution by the...

An Attack From the ISIS Playbook

June 19, 2017 The attack was right out of the ISIS playbook. The attacker was a man, apparently acting alone. He took as his weapon a simple van, ramming it into people in an attempt to kill them. And he obeyed the command from ISIS spokesman Abi al-Hassan al-Muhajer to strike civilian targets...

Trump to London: Be More Afraid

June 5, 2017 After a terrorist attack, there are two steps nearly every leader takes: first, condemn the violence; second, appeal for calm. London Mayor Sadiq Khan followed that familiar playbook in the wake of Saturday night’s attacks. Speaking to the BBC, Khan said: There aren’t words to describe the grief and anger...

Trump Told the Russians That 'Nut Job' Comey's Firing Relieved 'Great Pressure'

May 19, 2017 During a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Ambassador Sergey Kislyak last week, President Trump told the men that fired FBI Director James Comey was a “nut job,” and that his removal would relieve pressure on his administration over its ties to Russia. The New York Times reported...

Did Trump Know Flynn Was Under FBI Investigation When He Appointed Him?

May 18, 2017 The Trump administration installed Michael Flynn as the national-security adviser despite knowing the retired general was under FBI investigation for undisclosed lobbying on behalf of the Turkish government, The New York Times reported Wednesday. The paper cited two sources who said Flynn informed White House counsel Don McGahn on January...

Robert Mueller Will Serve As Special Prosecutor on Russia

May 17, 2017 The Department of Justice has named Robert Mueller, the former director of the FBI, as a special prosecutor to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 election and ties between the Trump administration and Russia. The Justice Department made the announcement Wednesday at 6 p.m., following 10 days of political chaos...