WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is declaring exoneration prematurely in the Russia investigation. He’s tweeting that Republican Sen. Richard Burr, who chairs the Senate intelligence committee, has “announced” the panel found no collusion or conspiracy between Russia and the Trump campaign during the 2016 election. That’s taking it too far. Burr did say in a published interview that he had found no evidence so far of collusion after two years of investigation, but the probe is continuing. Burr also indicated the committee’s final report may not even reach a conclusion on the question, leaving it up to the public to decide. Trump is also taking undue credit for the economy and falsely asserting a sudden turnaround under his watch, claiming job growth from the twilight of the Obama administration as his own. That overreach, seen in his State of the Union speech and other forums, extends to his boast about the shrinking numbers of people on food … [Read more...] about AP FACT CHECK: Trump claims he’s vindicated in Russia probe
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Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Europe Subscribe Log In Log In Today’s Paper Europe | Glee in Russia Over Trump’s Foreign Policy Largess Supported by ByNeil MacFarquhar Dec. 21, 2018 MOSCOW — A note of glee crept into Russian commentary and news coverage on Friday about the current turmoil in Washington around national security, with President Vladimir V. Putin seemingly checking off one item after another that he might have written on his wish list for Santa. First, President Trump blindsided his aides and the rest of the world by deciding to pull the full contingent of some 2,000 American troops out of Syria, helping the Kremlin to confirm Mr. Putin’s gamble that intervening in Syria would revive Russian influence in the Middle East. Mr. Trump followed that up by declaring that the United States would pull half its forces out of Afghanistan; the combined withdrawals … [Read more...] about Glee in Russia Over Trump’s Foreign Policy Largess
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Politics Subscribe Log In Log In Today’s Paper Politics | Trump Says He’s Unlikely to Sit for Interview in Russia Investigation Supported by ByMaggie Haberman Nov. 18, 2018 President Trump said in an interview aired Sunday that he most likely would not sit for an interview with the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, asserting that “we’ve wasted enough time on this witch hunt and the answer is, probably, we’re finished.” The president also claimed that he had no idea that his acting attorney general, Matthew G. Whitaker, viewed the Mueller investigation skeptically, despite reports that the two had multiple conversations about the inquiry over the past year. The comments from Mr. Trump were made during a wide-ranging interview with Chris Wallace, the host of “Fox News Sunday,” who sat with the president at the … [Read more...] about Trump Says He’s Unlikely to Sit for Interview in Russia Investigation
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Politics Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Today’s Paper Advertisement Supported by ByMichael S. Schmidt Aug. 23, 2018 WASHINGTON — Amid a series of high-profile pardons and commutations by President Trump in recent months, his personal lawyers cautioned against even considering clemency for former aides under investigation by the special counsel until the inquiry was over, one of the lawyers, Rudolph W. Giuliani, said on Thursday. Mr. Trump agreed with their advice, Mr. Giuliani said. The special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, is investigating possible pardon offers to former aides, and Mr. Trump’s current lawyers were privately concerned that debating clemency could open him to accusations of trying to interfere with the investigation, according to two people briefed on the matter. Mr. Giuliani said that he discussed the issue with Mr. Trump in June shortly … [Read more...] about Trump’s Lawyers Urged Him to Postpone Even Considering Pardons in Russia Inquiry
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Politics Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Today's Paper Advertisement Supported by We assessed President Trump’s claims about Russia’s interference in the 2016 election and the ensuing federal investigation of his campaign. ByLinda Qiu Aug. 18, 2018 The federal investigation into whether Russia actively sought to help Donald J. Trump win the White House in 2016 has been hanging over his head since even before the election. As president, he has repeatedly criticized the special counsel inquiry and has questioned whether it is the best use of time and taxpayer funds. Some of the criticism has amounted to presidential opinion — like in calling James B. Comey “the worst F.B.I. director in history.” On Twitter alone, he has used the words “witch hunt” in over 100 posts. “That whole situation is a rigged witch hunt,” Mr. Trump told … [Read more...] about Trump Has Attacked the Russia Inquiry Over 250 Times. Here Is What’s True.