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Maria Butina's Guilty Plea Could Illuminate Russian Ploy to Shape 2016 Election

December 13, 2018 The first Russian to be convicted of trying to infiltrate and influence American policy makers in the run-up to the 2016 election walked into a courtroom on Thursday with her head held high, gazing defiantly at the audience that had gathered to watch her plead guilty. Wearing a green prison...

Trump’s Yearning to Prosecute His Political Enemies

November 21, 2018 The president of the United States reportedly tried to use the full force of the country’s law-enforcement apparatus to prosecute his political enemies—and Justice Department veterans are calling it everything from “incredibly” alarming to “flat-out un-American.” The disclosure by The New York Times on Tuesday that President Donald Trump had...

What Sessions’s Resignation Means for Robert Mueller

November 7, 2018 President Donald Trump has forced out Attorney General Jeff Sessions just one day after the midterm elections and after nearly a year of berating him for recusing himself from the Justice Department’s Russia investigation. “At your request, I am submitting my resignation,” Sessions wrote in a letter to Trump on...

The Surprising Good News About Voting Security

November 6, 2018 The hacking attempts haven’t slowed. The disinformation campaigns are ongoing. And the warning lights have been “blinking red” for a potential foreign operation aimed at disrupting the U.S. 2018 midterm elections, according to the country’s top intelligence official. But if there is anything positive to take away from Russia’s election...

The Surprising Good News About Voting Security

November 6, 2018 The hacking attempts haven’t slowed. The disinformation campaigns are ongoing. And the warning lights have been “blinking red” for a potential foreign operation aimed at disrupting the midterm elections, according to the country’s top intelligence official. But if there is anything positive to take away from Russia’s election interference in...

Mueller Wants the FBI to Look at a Scheme to Discredit Him

October 30, 2018 An alleged scheme to pay off women to fabricate sexual-assault allegations against Special Counsel Robert Mueller has been referred to the FBI for further investigation, a spokesman for the special counsel’s office told The Atlantic. “When we learned last week of allegations that women were offered money to make false...

House Intelligence Committee Democrats Seek at Least a Partial Truce

October 18, 2018 Seven months ago, shortly after Republicans on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence shut down the panel’s Russia investigation, the committee’s top Democrat appeared to lay the groundwork for a reopened probe should Democrats take back the House after the midterm elections. “We will be submitting to the public...

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...