Why haven't efforts to impeach President Trump gained Watergate-style momentum? The lack of energy has created a sense of bafflement and disappointment among some of the president's most determined adversaries. But there are some simple reasons for it. Here are three: 1. The facts are different. In Watergate, the underlying crime was a break-in at Democratic National Committee headquarters, perpetrated by burglars paid by President Nixon's re-election campaign. The scandal proceeded from there. In Trump-Russia, the underlying crime was the hacking of the DNC's and John Podesta's emails -- a crime committed by Russians in Russia. Special counsel Robert Mueller, who indicted a number of Russians and Russian entities for their actions, spent two years trying to find conspiracy or coordination between the Russians and the Trump campaign. He failed. That single fact has shaped every other aspect of the Trump-Russia affair. In Watergate, the cover-up flowed from Nixon's desire to conceal his … [Read more...] about Three reasons Trump-Russia hasn’t turned into Watergate
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Mark Mazzetti and Katie Benner, New York Times Published 2:59 pm CDT, Sunday, March 24, 2019 President Donald Trump talks with reporters before boarding Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House, Friday, March 22, 2019. President Donald Trump talks with reporters before boarding Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House, Friday, March 22, 2019. Photo: Evan Vucci, Associated Press Photo: Evan Vucci, Associated Press Image 1 of / 13 Caption Close Image 1 of 13 President Donald Trump talks with reporters before boarding Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House, Friday, March 22, 2019. President Donald Trump talks with reporters before boarding Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House, Friday, March 22, 2019. … [Read more...] about Mueller finds no Trump-Russia conspiracy but stops short of exonerating president
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Politics Subscribe Log In Log In Today’s Paper Politics | Mueller Delivers Report on Trump-Russia Investigation to Attorney General Advertisement Supported by BySharon LaFraniere and Katie Benner March 22, 2019 WASHINGTON — The special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, has delivered a report on his inquiry into Russian interference in the 2016 election to Attorney General William P. Barr, according to the Justice Department, bringing to a close an investigation that has consumed the nation and cast a shadow over President Trump for nearly two years. Mr. Barr told congressional leaders in a letter late Friday that he may brief them within days on the special counsel’s findings. “I may be in a position to advise you of the special counsel’s principal conclusions as soon as this weekend,” he wrote in a letter to the leadership of … [Read more...] about Mueller Delivers Report on Trump-Russia Investigation to Attorney General
World Russia investigation Russia has dismissed mounting speculation about the findings of an investigation into whether or not President Donald Trump worked with Moscow to influence the last presidential election. Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova responded Thursday to a media question about the long-anticipated report by special counsel Robert Mueller regarding accusations that Trump's presidential campaign secured Moscow's assistance in an attempt to win the 2016 race. Both Trump and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin have denied any collusion. "What does this have to do with Russia? It is an internal affair of the United States," Zakharova told reporters. "Every time we talk about internal political battles and inter-partisan battles, or rather, inter-clan struggles, these processes are always accompanied by such scoops or stories in the media," she continued, discussing U.S. stories about "external influence" during the … [Read more...] about Russia Responds to Mueller’s Trump Investigation Latest News: ‘What Does This Have to Do With’ Us?
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is the latest chief executive to deliver a State of the Union address at a time of turmoil. But others may have had it even worse. Abraham Lincoln delivered a written report during the Civil War, Richard Nixon spoke while embroiled in the Watergate scandal and Bill Clinton gave one of his State of the Union speeches just weeks after he'd been impeached in the very same room. Despite all of that, presidential historian Douglas Brinkley called Trump's upcoming address on Tuesday "a strange and bizarre State of the Union." There's the continuing federal investigation into Trump campaign contacts with Russia, calls for Trump to be removed from office and the president's own threat to again close down parts of the government if Congress refuses to spend billions of dollars to build his long-promised U.S.-Mexico border wall. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi added to the theatrics surrounding the event by forcing Trump to postpone the speech a week because … [Read more...] about Trump is latest to give State of Union in time of turmoil