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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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Once Again, Trump Fails to Press Putin on Electoral Interference

May 4, 2019 On June 13, 2018, Special Counsel Robert Mueller charged 12 officers of the GRU, the Russian intelligence agency, with committing “large-scale cyber operations to interfere with the 2016 U.S. presidential election.” Three days later, President Donald Trump met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland. Speaking at a press...

Trump's Approach to National Security: Whatever Benefits Me

April 27, 2019 President Donald Trump has often seemed to conflate himself with the government, and his own interests with the nation’s. At times, the results are merely ridiculous. At others, they are actively dangerous. At the moment, Trump is declining to protect the United States from foreign interference in its elections, because...

Trump's Defiance of Congress Leaves Democrats With a New Dilemma

April 24, 2019 Even the announcement was delayed as long as possible. It has seemed likely since before Democrats won the House of Representatives in November, promising to demand President Donald Trump’s tax returns, that the White House would refuse to hand the documents over without a fight. But after weeks of dickering...

Mueller’s Damning Portrait of Trump

April 18, 2019 The president lies wantonly and profligately—to the press, to his aides, and above all to the public. He tries to interfere in investigations. He acts as if he has something to hide. He reacts petulantly to being told no, and repeatedly pressures staffers even after being rejected. Those words are...

Trump’s Border Obsession Is Courting Disaster

April 12, 2019 It’s hard to understand what’s going on at the Department of Homeland Security right now—and that should be deeply unsettling. President Donald Trump is in the midst of a purge of the department’s senior leadership. On Friday, he abruptly withdrew the nomination of Ronald Vitiello to lead Immigration and Customs...

Analysis: Trump’s Border Obsession Is Courting Disaster

April 10, 2019 It’s hard to understand what’s going on at the Department of Homeland Security right now—and that should be deeply unsettling. President Donald Trump is in the midst of a purge of the department’s senior leadership. On Friday, he abruptly withdrew the nomination of Ronald Vitiello to lead Immigration and Customs...

Analysis: Kirstjen Nielsen Shows Why It’s Impossible to Restrain Trump

April 8, 2019 Since November 2016, there’s been a running argument among those who are skeptical of Donald Trump but not implacably opposed to his presidency: Should they go into the system and try to restrain the president’s worst impulses, for the good of the nation? Or should they remain on the outside,...

Trump Aides Keep Writing Memos to Protect Themselves

March 4, 2019 On Thursday, The New York Times delivered a big story saying that President Donald Trump overruled concerns from intelligence officials and ordered that his senior adviser Jared Kushner, who also happens to be his son-in-law, be granted security clearance. In some ways, the takeaway from the story is the least...

Michael Cohen's Stunning Testimony About Trump

February 27, 2019 In written testimony ahead of a hearing conducted by the House Oversight Committee on Wednesday, President Donald Trump’s former fixer Michael Cohen will deliver a series of bombshells that could transform the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. Cohen’s testimony, at less than 4,000 words, doesn’t change the...

Trump’s Emergency Declaration Is a Test for Senate Republicans

February 15, 2019 There was a climactic moment Thursday afternoon as Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced on the Senate floor that President Donald Trump would sign a compromise deal on border-security funding, but would also declare a national emergency to try to build his wall. What happens next will be a test of...