William H. Pauley III, Judge in Trump Hush Money Case, Dies at 68

He sentenced Michael D. Cohen to three years in prison for breaking campaign finance laws by helping to buy the silence of two women who said they had affairs with Donald J. Trump.

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F.E.C. Drops Case Reviewing Trump Hush-Money Payments to Women

The case had examined whether Donald Trump violated election law with a $130,000 payment shortly before the 2016 election to a pornographic-film actress by his personal lawyer, Michael Cohen.

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Giuliani’s Allies Want Trump to Pay His Legal Bills

As Rudolph Giuliani faces an escalating federal investigation and defamation suits, his advisers believe he should benefit from a $250 million Trump campaign war chest.

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For the Defense: Twisted Facts and Other Staples of the Trump Playbook

The lawyers representing the former president in his impeachment trial are the latest in a rotating cast that has always had trouble satisfying a mercurial and headstrong client.

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Trump Prepares Pardon Wave for Final Hours

Among those under consideration for grants of clemency are the former New York Assembly speaker Sheldon Silver and the rapper Lil Wayne.

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Manhattan D.A. Intensifies Investigation of Trump

Prosecutors have recently interviewed employees of President Trump’s lender and insurance brokerage, in the latest indication that he still faces the potential threat of criminal charges once he leaves office.

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Trump Tax Write-Offs Are Ensnared in 2 New York Fraud Investigations

Inquiries into the president and his businesses, one criminal and one civil, are now looking at tax deductions taken on consulting fees. Some of the payments appear to have gone to Ivanka Trump.

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Eric Trump Finally Interviewed in N.Y. Fraud Inquiry

President Trump’s son had sought to postpone a deposition with the New York attorney general’s office until after Election Day.

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Was That Ride on the Trump Train Worth It?

The president has proved as hazardous to his allies as to his enemies.

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Trump’s Fear of Black Competence

The false idea of Black people as irresponsible, erratic and dangerous is not new.

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Michael Cohen’s Book Says Trump Held ‘Low Opinions of All Black Folks’

The president’s former fixer describes him as a mob boss figure who made racist insults, was driven by hatred for President Barack Obama and engaged in underhanded tactics against opponents.

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How Trump Draws on Campaign Funds to Pay Legal Bills

As he has done with other aspects of the presidency, Donald J. Trump has redefined the practice in ways that have unsettled even some Republicans.

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N.Y.S. A.G. Investigates Whether Trump Organization Improperly Inflated Property Values

The New York State attorney general is investigating whether the president and the Trump Organization improperly inflated the value of his holdings.

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Trump’s Legal Entanglements in N.Y.

The president, his company and some of his associates have long been the focus of investigations overseen by officials in New York.

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Trump Is Not Entitled to Details of Tax Returns Inquiry, D.A. Says

Manhattan prosecutors said in new court filings that the president did not have a right to know why a grand jury demanded his tax records.

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In ‘Disloyal,’ Cohen Promises Sordid Tales Trump ‘Does Not Want You to Read’

In his memoir, “Disloyal,” Michael D. Cohen, President Trump’s onetime lawyer and fixer, claims that he had unique access to Mr. Trump, a man with “no true friends.”

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Trump’s Bank Was Subpoenaed by N.Y. Prosecutors in Criminal Inquiry

The subpoena, sent to Deutsche Bank, suggests that the inquiry into President Trump’s business practices is more wide-ranging than previously known.

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President Trump and his Company Investigated for Possible Fraud, Filing Suggests

The office of the district attorney, Cyrus R. Vance Jr., made the disclosure in a new court filing arguing Mr. Trump should turn over his tax returns.

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U.S. Backs Down, Allowing Michael Cohen to Write Trump Tell-All Book

Mr. Cohen, the president’s former lawyer, had been returned to prison in a dispute over the book, then released after a judge intervened.

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Trump Again Tries to Block Subpoena for Taxes, Calling It ‘Wildly Overbroad’

The president mounted his most forceful and detailed legal attack yet on the subpoena for his tax returns from the Manhattan district attorney.

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Judge Orders Cohen Released, Citing ‘Retaliation’ Over Tell-All Book

A judge agreed that federal officials had returned Michael D. Cohen to prison because he wanted to publish a book this fall about President Trump.

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Government Denies Cohen Was Imprisoned to Stop Trump Book

The denial came in response to a lawsuit filed by Michael Cohen, the president’s former lawyer, that said he was being punished for speaking out.

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Michael Cohen Claims in Suit He Was Imprisoned to Stop Trump Book

President Trump’s former lawyer said in court papers that officials returned him to prison to prevent him from finishing a book that paints the president as a racist.

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Trump Raises New Objections to Subpoena Seeking His Tax Returns

The effort came less than a week after the U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for the Manhattan district attorney to demand the records.

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After Trump’s Supreme Court Loss, D.A. Moves Closer to Getting Tax Records

A lower-court judge swiftly scheduled a hearing for next week on the Manhattan prosecutor’s demand to see President Trump’s financial records.

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Michael Cohen Is Returned to Federal Custody Over Home-Confinement Rules

President Trump’s former personal lawyer, who was convicted of campaign finance and other crimes, had been released amid coronavirus concerns.

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Supreme Court to Decide if Trump Can Block Release of Tax Records

Around 10 a.m. Thursday, the justices are set to issue highly anticipated decisions on whether the president’s accountants and bankers must disclose information about his financial affairs.

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Inside Barr’s Effort to Undermine Prosecutors in N.Y.

The firing of the top federal prosecutor in Manhattan was foreshadowed by a disagreement over a case linked to President Trump.

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Trump Fires Berman After Tensions Rose Over Inquiries

The president’s move deepened a crisis over the independence of law enforcement and the president’s purge of officials he views as disloyal.

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Michael Cohen, Disgraced Ex-Trump Lawyer, to Be Released From Prison

Mr. Cohen had asked to be released over health concerns tied to the coronavirus.

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Is Ronan Farrow Too Good to Be True?

He has delivered revelatory reporting on some of the defining stories of our time. But a close examination reveals the weaknesses in what may be called an era of resistance journalism.

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Paul Manafort, Trump’s Ex-Campaign Manager, Released from Prison

Paul Manafort, who had been serving a seven-and-a-half-year sentence in Pennsylvania for fraud, is among the prisoners released over the spreading coronavirus.

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Trump’s Tax Returns Supreme Court Case: What You Need to Know

The court will hear highly anticipated arguments over whether the president’s accountants and bankers must disclose information about his financial affairs.

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Michael Cohen Is Among Prisoners to Be Released Because of Virus

President Trump’s former lawyer and other inmates at a minimum-security camp in upstate New York were told they would serve their sentences at home.

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