Don’t Let Bill Barr and Ivanka Trump Visit the Reputation Laundromat

Trump’s enablers are trying to use the Jan. 6 committee to wash themselves clean.

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A Striking Contrast: Trump Officials Then and Now

Many officials have told the Jan. 6 committee that they tried to dissuade the former president from his bid to overturn the election. But in public at the time, their words were far different.

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The Trump Courtiers and the Jan. 6 Hearings

What constitutes “normal” in today’s Republican Party still has rot at its heart.

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Jan. 6 Panel Tracks How Trump Created and Spread Election Lies

In its second hearing this month, the committee showed how the former president ignored aides and advisers in declaring victory prematurely and relentlessly pressing claims of fraud he was told were wrong.

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Donald Trump Hits Back at Ivanka Trump’s Account That She Accepted His Election Loss

The former president, responding to videotaped testimony played at the Jan. 6 hearing, said Ivanka Trump had been “checked out” and was not involved in studying the election results.

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Jan. 6 Committee Hearing: Heroes and Villains

Even some of the president’s closest allies knew his Big Lie was a lie. But it’s the Jan. 6 congressional committee bringing the truth to light.

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Jared and Ivanka, Without the Power or the Masks

In stark videotaped interviews, Ivanka Trump accepted the notion that there had been no fraud in the 2020 election. Jared Kushner complained that a White House counsel had been “whining.”

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Terrorism Trial Ends With Account of Aid Worker’s Enslavement

El Shafee Elsheikh was accused of being one of four British members of the Islamic State responsible for the torture and killing of Kayla Mueller and three others.

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More Evidence Bolsters Durham’s Case Against Democratic-Linked Lawyer

Separately, defense lawyers asked a judge to block the Trump-era special counsel from making the Steele dossier a focus of next month’s trial.

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Ginni Thomas May Be Off the Charts, but She Is No Outlier

There’s very little distance between the fringes of the modern Republican Party and the elites who lead it.

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Pressing for Evidence, Jan. 6 Panel Argues That Trump Committed Fraud

The argument was a response to a lawsuit filed by John Eastman, who is seeking to shield his communications with former President Donald J. Trump.

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William P. Barr’s Good Donald Trump and Bad Donald Trump

William P. Barr’s memoir, “One Damn Thing After Another,” recounts his life and, in particular, his time as Donald Trump’s attorney general.

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Panel Suggests Trump Knew He Lost the Election, Eyeing Criminal Case

At the core of the theory of a possible criminal case against former President Donald J. Trump is the argument that he knew he had lost the election and sought to overturn it anyway.

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Barr Rebukes Trump as ‘Off the Rails’ in New Memoir

William P. Barr’s memoir of his time as attorney general under George H.W. Bush and then again under Donald J. Trump defends his more recent leadership of the Justice Department.

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William P. Barr’s Memoir Is Part Lawyerly Defense, Part Culture-War Diatribe

In “One Damn Thing After Another,” the former attorney general suggests that Republicans move past Donald Trump and his “madcap rhetoric,” but saves his harshest words for the former president’s critics.

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14 New Books Coming in March

Memoirs from Sarah Polley and Bill Barr, new novels from NoViolet Bulawayo, Claire-Louise Bennett and Pankaj Mishra, and plenty more.

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Court Filing Started a Furor in Right-Wing Outlets, but Their Narrative Is Off Track

The latest alarmist claims about spying on Trump appeared to be flawed, but the explanation is byzantine — underlining the challenge for journalists in deciding what merits coverage.

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Once a Trump Foil, Michael Avenatti Says Jail Treatment Was Payback

Mr. Avenatti, who was convicted in California of trying to extort Nike, is awaiting trial in New York on charges that he stole about $300,000 from Stormy Daniels.

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Surprise! There’s No Voter Fraud. Again.

Voter fraud is a lie. New data proves what we’ve long known.

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New Details of Trump Pressure on Justice Dept. Over Election

A Senate panel fleshed out how Donald Trump pursued his plan to install a loyalist as acting attorney general to pursue unfounded reports of fraud.

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Biden Moves to Declassify Some Documents Related to Sept. 11

In an executive order, the president instructed Attorney General Merrick B. Garland to publicly release the declassified documents over the next six months.

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Mueller Scrutinized an Unidentified Member of News Media in Russia Inquiry

The scrutiny was one of several new disclosures the Justice Department made about investigative actions involving the news media during the Trump years.

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Attempt to Seize Washington Post Reporters’ Email Data Came Day Before Barr Left Office

Newly unsealed court files shed more light on a contentious leak investigation.

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Justice Dept. Pauses Federal Executions, Reversing Trump Policy

As a candidate, President Biden said that he would work to abolish federal executions and incentivize states to follow suit.

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Trump Aides Prepped Insurrection Act Order Amid Protests

President Donald Trump never invoked the act, but fresh details underscore the intensity of his interest last June in using active-duty military to curb unrest.

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Justice Dept. Official to Step Down Amid Uproar Over Leaks Inquiry

John Demers, a Trump appointee who remained in the department, would typically have been briefed on investigations like those involving the secret collection of journalists’ phone records.

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Garland Confronts Long-Building Crisis Over Leak Inquiries and Journalism

Prosecutors’ approach to unauthorized disclosures of government secrets has undergone a sea change in the 21st century.

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Garland Confronts Crisis Over Leak Inquiries and Journalism

Prosecutors’ approach to unauthorized disclosures of government secrets has undergone a sea change in the 21st century.

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Justice Dept. Watchdog and Senate Open Inquiries Into Seizure of Democrats’ Data

Democrats denounced the Trump administration’s seizure of lawmakers’ data as an abuse of power and called on Republicans to back the congressional inquiry.

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Park Police Had Planned to Clear Area Before Trump’s Walk to Church, Watchdog Says

The report by the Interior Department’s inspector general did not investigate what other law enforcement agencies knew and who might have ordered them to use force to clear Lafayette Square.

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Meadows Pressed Justice Dept. to Investigate Election Fraud Claims

Emails show the increasingly urgent efforts by President Trump and his allies during his last days in office to find some way to undermine, or even nullify, the election results.

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Release the Barr-Trump Memo on Obstruction of Justice

Did the former Attorney General William P. Barr use his mighty powers to protect his boss?

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Justice Dept. Fights to Keep Secret a Memo on Clearing Trump in Russia Inquiry

The move put the Biden administration in the position of defending the secrecy of a memo related to the disputed decision to clear President Donald J. Trump.

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Justice Dept. Aims to Keep Secret Part of Barr-Era Memo on Trump

The move put the Biden administration in the position of defending the secrecy of a memo related to the disputed decision to clear President Donald J. Trump.

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Justice Dept. Seizes Washington Post’s Phone Records

Federal prosecutors sought phone records for three Washington Post journalists as part of an investigation into the publication of classified information in 2017.

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Judge Says Barr Misled on How His Justice Dept. Viewed Trump’s Actions

Judge Amy Berman Jackson said in a ruling that the misleading statements were similar to others that William P. Barr, the former attorney general, had made about the Mueller investigation.

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‘There Is a Tension There’: Publishers Draw Fire for Signing Trump Officials

Kellyanne Conway, Mike Pence and William Barr have book deals. That is raising new challenges for publishers trying to balance ideological lines with a desire to continue representing the political spectrum.

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Trump’s Killing Spree Continues

Arizona follows a model that lets the government ignore questions of cruelty.

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Schumer Seeks Appointment of First Black U.S. Attorney in Manhattan

If nominated and confirmed, Damian Williams would take over a famously independent and powerful office that is investigating Rudy Giuliani.

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Justice Dept. Backs Away From Trump Era but Is Still Expected to Test Garland

Several politically charged investigations await Judge Merrick B. Garland, President Biden’s nominee for attorney general.

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Abolish the Federal Death Penalty

It can’t be fixed. It can’t be reformed. Its flaws are inherent. Its time has come.

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How Trump’s Focus on Antifa Distracted Attention From the Far-Right Threat

Federal law enforcement shifted resources last year in response to Donald Trump’s insistence that the radical left endangered the country. Meanwhile, right-wing extremism was building ominously.

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Kevin Clinesmith, Ex-F.B.I. Lawyer, Is Sentenced to Probation

A judge rebuffed a request by prosecutors to impose a prison sentence on Kevin Clinesmith, who admitted doctoring an email used to help authorize a wiretap on a former Trump campaign aide.

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14 Gang Leaders Directed MS-13 ‘Wave of Death,’ U.S. Says

Prosecutors have indicted the men they say make up the “board of directors” of the gang, which has terrorized parts of Long Island.

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How The Capitol Attack Led Democrats to Demand Trump’s Resignation

The White House was propelled deeper into crisis as officials resigned in protest and prominent Republicans broke with the president after he incited a mob that assaulted Congress.

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Did the Capitol Attack Break Trump’s Spell?

Either the beginning of the end for Trump, or America.

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Justice Dept. Seeks to Pare Back Civil Rights Protections for Minorities

A late move by the Trump administration would stop enforcement of protections against discriminatory practices that have a “disparate impact” on protected groups.

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Barr Leaves a Legacy Defined by Trump

Though he sometimes departed from the president, the outgoing attorney general’s term was dominated by how he navigated the Russia investigation and other fraught issues.

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President Trump: Unhappy, Unleashed and Unpredictable

President Trump remains the most powerful man in the world, but powerless to achieve what he most wants: to avoid leaving office as a loser.

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Court Extends Manhattan US Attorney Audrey Strauss’ Term, as Inauguration Nears

A quirk of legal timing had left Audrey Strauss’s tenure as acting head of the Southern District of New York set to expire just before the end of the Trump administration.

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