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The FBI Investigation Didn’t Go Very Far By Design

October 5, 2018 The FBI found itself at the center of another political firestorm on Thursday as the findings from its supplemental background investigation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh were made available to all 100 Senators. By late morning, top Republicans and Democrats had already reached vastly different conclusions about the FBI...

This Is No ‘Standard’ FBI Background Investigation

October 3, 2018 President Donald Trump, who has attacked the FBI and the Justice Department relentlessly over the ongoing Russia investigation, announced last week that he is essentially putting his full faith in the bureau to probe the sexual-assault allegations that have been made against the Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. “I want...

Rosenstein’s Day of Reckoning with the President

September 27, 2018 Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein was reportedly convinced that he’d be fired following a bombshell New York Times report that described comments he apparently made about President Trump privately last year. But whether or not Rosenstein emerges from a meeting with Trump this week with his job intact, House Republicans...

A Supreme Court Case Could Liberate Trump to Pardon His Associates

September 25, 2018 A key Republican senator has quietly weighed in on an upcoming Supreme Court case that could have important consequences for Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation. The Utah lawmaker Orrin Hatch, who sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee, filed a 44-page amicus brief earlier this month in Gamble v. United...

What Rosenstein’s Exit Would Mean for Mueller's Russia Investigation

September 24, 2018 Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein may be leaving the Justice Department following an explosive report in The New York Times last week that claimed he’d once suggested secretly recording President Trump and discussed invoking the 25th Amendment. It’s unclear if he’s resigning, as Axios reported, or if he’s being fired....

Michael Flynn Will Finally Be Sentenced

September 18, 2018 After more than 10 months of cooperating with Special Counsel Robert Mueller, former national security adviser Michael Flynn—who led chants of “Lock Her Up!” about Hillary Clinton at Donald Trump’s campaign rallies—now has his own sentencing date in federal court. In a court document filed on Monday, Mueller and Flynn’s...

Republicans Balk at Democrats’ Pledge to Snub Hackers

September 10, 2018 Just over a year ago, hackers targeted Dr. Hans Keirstead, a Democrat running against Russian President Vladimir Putin’s “favorite congressman,” the Republican Dana Rohrabacher, with spear-phishing emails and more than 100,000 “brute-force attempts” to access the server that hosted Keirstead’s campaign website. Microsoft has since detected and blocked hacking attempts...

Paul Manafort and Trump’s Pardon Pattern

August 24, 2018 In each of three pardons President Donald Trump has issued since taking office, his justification for doing so has been virtually the same: The convictions were not “fair.” “He was treated very unfairly by our government!” the president said in May after pardoning the far-right commentator Dinesh D’Souza, who was...

Why the FBI Fired an Agent Who Wrote Anti-Trump Texts

August 17, 2018 The paperwork was signed. The former FBI agent Peter Strzok, who had become a lightning rod for efforts to undermine the Russia investigation, was set to receive a two-month suspension and a demotion as punishment for his alleged misconduct during the 2016 election. Then the FBI’s deputy director, David Bowdich,...

How Russia Persecutes Its Dissidents Using US Courts

July 30, 2018 A little more than six years ago, Sasha was on his way to a meeting of Russia’s pro-democracy Yabloko Party in the tiny Russian republic of Kalmykia when he was pulled into an unmarked black car by two plainclothes police officers. He was interrogated for three days about his prior...