No One Is Above the Law, and That Starts With Donald Trump

The prosecution of the former president is not only permissible but required for the sake of American democracy.

#bowers-rusty, #clark-jeffrey-b-1967, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #house-of-representatives, #house-select-committee-to-investigate-the-january-6th-attack, #justice-department, #presidential-election-of-2016, #presidential-election-of-2020, #presidential-election-of-2024, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-fraud-election-fraud

Ginni Thomas Has a Lot of Explaining to Do

If the tables were turned, Republicans would not hesitate to use every argument, and every tool, at their disposal.

#clinton-hillary-rodham, #eastman-john-c, #presidential-election-of-2016, #presidential-election-of-2020, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #thomas-clarence, #thomas-virginia-lamp, #united-states-politics-and-government

Sussmann Acquittal Raises Question: What Is Durham Actually Trying to Do?

Supporters of the Trump-era prosecutor are lauding his work as a success in unearthing politically charged information, even though his first case to go to trial ended in failure.

#clinton-hillary-rodham, #durham-john-h, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #justice-department, #presidential-election-of-2016, #russian-interference-in-2016-us-elections-and-ties-to-trump-associates, #special-prosecutors-independent-counsel, #sussmann-michael, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

Michael Sussmann Is Acquitted in Case Brought by Trump-Era Prosecutor

The Democratic-linked lawyer was accused of lying about his clients to the F.B.I. when he passed on a tip about possible connections between Donald J. Trump and Russia.

#alfa-group-consortium, #durham-john-h, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #presidential-election-of-2016, #russian-interference-in-2016-us-elections-and-ties-to-trump-associates, #sussmann-michael, #trump-organization, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

Prosecutors and Defense Duel in Closing Arguments of Sussmann Trial

A verdict is expected as early as Tuesday in the case brought by a Trump-era special counsel against a lawyer with ties to Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign.

#federal-bureau-of-investigation, #presidential-election-of-2016, #russian-interference-in-2016-us-elections-and-ties-to-trump-associates, #sussmann-michael, #united-states-politics-and-government

America’s Doug Mastriano Problem

The Republican Party’s strategy to contain populist rebellion didn’t work in Pennsylvania.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #cawthorn-madison, #constitution-us, #democracy-theory-and-philosophy, #democratic-party, #desantis-ron, #elections-governors, #elections-senate, #georgia, #kemp-brian-p, #le-pen-marine, #little-brad-1954, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #mastriano-doug, #pennsylvania, #perdue-david-a-jr, #politics-and-government, #presidential-election-of-2016, #presidential-election-of-2024, #primaries-and-caucuses, #republican-party, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #roosevelt-franklin-delano, #senate, #trump-donald-j, #wallace-george-c

How Hollywood and the Media Fueled the Political Rise of J.D. Vance

“Hillbilly Elegy,” a best-selling memoir that became a star-studded film, raised the profile of the onetime “Never Trump guy” who won an Ohio primary with the help of the former president.

#books-and-literature, #chua-amy, #close-glenn, #conservatism-us-politics, #endorsements, #harpercollins-publishers, #hillbilly-elegy-movie, #hillbilly-elegy-a-memoir-of-a-family-and-culture-in-crisis-book, #movies, #netflix-inc, #ohio, #presidential-election-of-2016, #primaries-and-caucuses, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vance-j-d

A Trump Win in Ohio

We look at last night’s election results.

#elections-house-of-representatives, #elections-senate, #endorsements, #internal-storyline-no, #politics-and-government, #presidential-election-of-2016, #primaries-and-caucuses, #project-democracy, #trump-donald-j, #vance-j-d

The Ohio Primary and the Return of the Republican Civil War

How the divides of the party’s 2016 primary campaign have risen fully to the surface again.

#cheney-liz, #club-for-growth, #conservatism-us-politics, #cruz-ted, #elections-senate, #haley-nikki-r, #house-freedom-caucus, #mcconnell-mitch, #midterm-elections-2022, #pence-mike, #presidential-election-of-2016, #primaries-and-caucuses, #republican-party, #rubio-marco, #senate, #tax-cuts-and-jobs-act-2017, #trump-donald-j, #trump-donald-j-jr, #vance-j-d

Trump Campaign Ordered to Pay $1.3 Million to Omarosa Manigault Newman in NDA case

An arbitrator found Mr. Trump’s campaign owes the former White House aide and “Apprentice” star for legal fees, after he sued her for writing a tell-all book.

#compensation-for-damages-law, #manigault-omarosa, #nondisclosure-agreements, #presidential-election-of-2016, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #trump-donald-j

Barack Obama’s New Role: Fighting Disinformation

The former president has embarked on a campaign to warn that the scourge of online falsehoods has eroded the foundations of democracy.

#alphabet-inc, #computers-and-the-internet, #elections, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #law-and-legislation, #obama-barack, #politics-and-government, #presidential-election-of-2008, #presidential-election-of-2016, #project-democracy, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #rhodes-benjamin-j, #rumors-and-misinformation, #silicon-valley-calif, #social-media, #twitter

Defeat Has Not Defanged Trump — or Trumpism

The losing candidate in the 2020 election continues to exert tremendous power over his party. What does this portend for its future?

#conservatism-us-politics, #presidential-election-of-2016, #presidential-election-of-2020, #presidential-election-of-2024, #presidents-and-presidency-us, #republican-party, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #united-states

The Wrong Side of the Gender Gap

Who are the men who align with the Democratic Party and the women who identify as Republicans?

#conservatism-us-politics, #democratic-party, #liberalism-us-politics, #polls-and-public-opinion, #presidential-election-of-2016, #presidential-election-of-2020, #race-and-ethnicity, #republican-party, #united-states-politics-and-government, #women-and-girls

Trump Campaign Owes $300,000 in Legal Fees After Another Failed NDA Case

The award stems from an arbitration claim that was dismissed in part because of the “vague and unenforceable” provisions of a nondisclosure agreement.

#american-arbitration-assn, #arbitration-conciliation-and-mediation, #decisions-and-verdicts, #denson-jessica, #johnson-alva, #manigault-omarosa, #nondisclosure-agreements, #presidential-election-of-2016, #trump-donald-j, #trump-mary-l, #washington-post

There’s a Reason Trump Loves the Truckers

Populist nationalism may emphasize the importance of borders but it still transcends them.

#demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #ottawa-ontario, #presidential-election-of-2016, #presidential-election-of-2020, #presidential-election-of-2024, #republican-party, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trucks-and-trucking, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government, #yellow-vests-movement

Peter Thiel, the Right’s Would-Be Kingmaker

Peter Thiel, one of Donald J. Trump’s biggest donors in 2016, has re-emerged as a prime financier of the Make America Great Again movement.

#campaign-finance, #conservatism-us-politics, #conspiracy-theories, #content-type-personal-profile, #elections-house-of-representatives, #elections-senate, #masters-blake-1986, #nationalism-theory-and-philosophy, #political-action-committees, #politics-and-government, #presidential-election-of-2016, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #thiel-peter-a, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vance-j-d, #venture-capital

Archives Found Possible Classified Material in Boxes Returned by Trump

The National Archives consulted with the Justice Department about the discovery after the former president sent back documents that he had improperly taken from the White House when he left office.

#archives-and-records, #classified-information-and-state-secrets, #justice-department, #national-archives-and-records-administration, #presidential-election-of-2016, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

Status Anxiety Is Blowing Wind Into Trump’s Sails

The adverse economic developments resulting from trade imports that produced a sharp shift to the right are still wreaking political havoc. 

#democratic-party, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #international-trade-and-world-market, #north-american-free-trade-agreement, #presidential-election-of-2016, #presidential-election-of-2020, #protectionism-trade, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government, #whites

Michael Flynn Is Still at War

The general tried to persuade Donald Trump to use the military to overturn the 2020 election. A year later, he and his followers are fighting the same battle by other means.

#clapper-james-r-jr, #flynn-michael-t, #obama-barack, #presidential-election-of-2016, #presidential-election-of-2020, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #treason-and-sedition, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-fraud-election-fraud

Why Joe Biden Needs More Than Accomplishments to Be a Success

A theory of political time explains how he has become a prisoner of great expectations.

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Hillary Clinton Reads Discarded Victory Speech From 2016 Election

Mrs. Clinton read the long-shelved speech aloud for her offering on MasterClass, a site featuring lessons from prominent figures in the arts, business and other fields.

#clinton-hillary-rodham, #masterclass-yanka-industries-inc, #presidential-election-of-2016

Discredited Steele Dossier Doesn’t Undercut Russia Inquiry

Donald J. Trump and his backers say revelations about the Steele dossier show the Russia investigation was a “hoax.” That is not what the facts indicate.

#danchenko-igor, #kilimnik-konstantin-v, #manafort-paul-j, #mueller-robert-s-iii, #presidential-election-of-2016, #russia, #russian-interference-in-2016-us-elections-and-ties-to-trump-associates, #steele-christopher-1964, #trump-donald-j

After Time in U.S. Prisons, Maria Butina Now Sits in Russia’s Parliament

Maria Butina, convicted of serving as an unregistered foreign agent before and after the 2016 election, insists she “wasn’t a spy” and that her Duma seat is “not a reward.” Her critics call her a Kremlin “trophy.”

#content-type-personal-profile, #elections, #maria-v-butina, #navalny-aleksei-a, #politics-and-government, #presidential-election-of-2016, #prisons-and-prisoners, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #voter-fraud-election-fraud

What the Steele Dossier Reveals About the FBI

Donald Trump was right to fire James Comey.

#clinesmith-kevin, #comey-james-b, #danchenko-igor, #democratic-party, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #foreign-intelligence-surveillance-court, #fusion-gps, #horowitz-michael-e, #page-carter, #presidential-election-of-2016, #russian-interference-in-2016-us-elections-and-ties-to-trump-associates, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

Democratic Socialists Have a Long Road to Electoral Victory

Our beliefs just might not be as popular as we like to think they are.

#brown-byron-w, #democratic-party, #elections-mayors, #presidential-election-of-2016, #presidential-election-of-2020, #sanders-bernard, #united-states, #walton-india-b

The Steele Dossier Indicted the Media

Many journalists were too eager to prove what they thought they already knew about Trump.

#buzzfeed-inc, #news-and-news-media, #presidential-election-of-2016, #rumors-and-misinformation, #russian-interference-in-2016-us-elections-and-ties-to-trump-associates, #steele-christopher-1964, #trump-donald-j

Authorities Arrest Analyst Who Contributed to Steele Dossier

Igor Danchenko, a Russia analyst who worked with Christopher Steele, the author of a dossier of rumors and unproven assertions about Donald J. Trump, was taken into custody as part of the Durham investigation.

#danchenko-igor, #durham-john-h, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #justice-department, #presidential-election-of-2016, #united-states-politics-and-government

Book Review: ‘Midnight in Washington,’ by Adam Schiff

Schiff’s “Midnight in Washington” is that rare memoir by a politician that actually has something to say.

#books-and-literature, #house-committee-on-intelligence, #pelosi-nancy, #presidential-election-of-2016, #republican-party, #russian-interference-in-2016-us-elections-and-ties-to-trump-associates, #schiff-adam-b, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

It Isn’t That Easy to Just Give People What They Want

Nor would that be totally advisable. 

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #black-people, #catalist, #democratic-party, #discrimination, #kendi-ibram-x, #pew-research-center, #phillips-steve, #polls-and-public-opinion, #presidential-election-of-2012, #presidential-election-of-2016, #presidential-election-of-2020, #race-and-ethnicity, #republican-party, #shor-david-1991, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-and-voters, #whites

Trump Server’s Connections to Alfa Bank Produces Fresh Conflict

A recent indictment suggested that researchers who found strange internet links between a Russian bank and the Trump Organization did not really believe their own work. They are pushing back.

#alfa-group-consortium, #computers-and-the-internet, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #defense-advanced-research-projects-agency, #durham-john-h, #elias-marc-e, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #fusion-gps, #presidential-election-of-2016, #russian-interference-in-2016-us-elections-and-ties-to-trump-associates, #sussmann-michael, #trump-organization, #united-states-politics-and-government

Stephanie Grisham’s Book Details Trump’s ‘Terrifying’ Temper

The former press secretary is reflective in her tell-all: “I should have spoken up more.”

#grisham-stephanie, #kushner-jared, #presidential-election-of-2016, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-donald-j, #trump-ivanka, #trump-melania, #united-states-politics-and-government

Harriet Hageman Goes From Anti-Trump Plotter to His Champion vs. Liz Cheney

Harriet Hageman, a Wyoming Republican, is the former president’s choice to take on his leading G.O.P. critic. But five years ago, she tried to overturn his victory in the party’s primary race.

#cheney-liz, #elections-house-of-representatives, #endorsements, #hageman-harriet, #presidential-election-of-2016, #primaries-and-caucuses, #republican-national-convention, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j, #wyoming

White Evangelicals Shun Morality for Power

They’ve been a “political arm of the Republican Party” for decades now.

#christians-and-christianity, #clinton-bill, #evangelical-movement, #graham-franklin, #presidential-election-of-2016, #religion-and-belief, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #whites

The Trump Prophets Regroup

When you are in the business of prophecy, what do you do when prophecy fails?

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Trump-Era Special Counsel Secures Indictment of Lawyer

The defendant, Michael Sussmann, is accused of lying to the F.B.I. in a meeting about Trump and Russia. He denies wrongdoing.

#alfa-group-consortium, #baker-james-e, #democratic-party, #durham-john-h, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #justice-department, #presidential-election-of-2016, #russia, #russian-interference-in-2016-us-elections-and-ties-to-trump-associates, #special-prosecutors-independent-counsel, #sussmann-michael, #trump-organization, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

Durham Is Said to Seek Indictment of Lawyer at Firm With Democratic Ties

The lawyer, Michael Sussmann, is accused of lying to the F.B.I. in a 2016 meeting about Trump and Russia. He denies wrongdoing.

#alfa-group-consortium, #baker-james-e, #clinton-hillary-rodham, #democratic-national-committee, #durham-john-h, #elias-marc-e, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #justice-department, #michael-sussmann, #presidential-election-of-2016, #russian-interference-in-2016-us-elections-and-ties-to-trump-associates, #special-prosecutors-independent-counsel, #trump-organization, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

How Strong Is America’s Multiracial Democracy?

Recent research on racism, prejudice and politics suggests a broad range of possibilities.

#black-people, #discrimination, #income-inequality, #minorities, #polls-and-public-opinion, #presidential-election-of-2016, #race-and-ethnicity, #sears-david-o, #segregation-and-desegregation, #united-states-economy, #whites

Tap Dancing With Trump: Lindsey Graham’s Quest for Relevance

The senator went from Donald J. Trump’s public enemy to his impassioned defender. Now he’s a golfing regular at Mar-a-Lago, advising the former president on his future. What is behind one of the unlikeliest partnerships in politics?

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A Foreign Agent in Trump’s Inner Circle?

Even amid a glut of scandals, Tom Barrack’s arrest is a big deal.

#barrack-thomas-j-jr, #foreign-investments, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #nahyan-mohamed-bin-zayed-al-1961, #presidential-election-of-2016, #russian-interference-in-2016-us-elections-and-ties-to-trump-associates, #saudi-arabia, #trump-donald-j, #united-arab-emirates, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

Thomas Barrack, Trump Fund-Raiser, Is Indicted on Lobbying Charge

Mr. Barrack, the chairman of Donald Trump’s inaugural committee, was accused of failing to register as a lobbyist for the United Arab Emirates, obstruction of justice and lying to investigators.

#barrack-thomas-j-jr, #campaign-finance, #colony-capital-llc, #corruption-institutional, #foreign-agents-registration-act, #justice-department, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #presidential-election-of-2016, #saudi-arabia, #trump-donald-j, #united-arab-emirates, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

Trump’s Cult of Animosity Shows No Sign of Letting Up

As long as the former president dominates the G.O.P., “this animosity coalition will define the party.”

#black-people, #democratic-party, #minorities, #presidential-election-of-2016, #presidential-election-of-2020, #presidential-election-of-2024, #primaries-and-caucuses, #republican-national-convention, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-and-voters, #whites

America Is Undergoing Seismic Changes. Its Politics? Hardly.

The country is recovering from a pandemic and an economic crisis, and its former president is in legal and financial peril. But no political realignment appears to be at hand.

#american-jobs-plan-2021, #american-rescue-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #harris-kamala-d, #infrastructure-public-works, #polls-and-public-opinion, #presidential-election-of-2016, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #shakir-faiz-1980, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

Biden Gained With Moderate and Conservative Voting Groups, New Data Shows

President Biden cut into Donald Trump’s margins with married men and veteran households, a Pew survey shows. But there was a far deeper well of support for Mr. Trump than many progressives had imagined.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #catalist, #clinton-hillary-rodham, #democratic-party, #pew-research-center, #polls-and-public-opinion, #presidential-election-of-2016, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-and-voters

No. 3 House Democrat Steps Into Ohio Race to Head Off a Sanders Acolyte

The decision by Representative James Clyburn to oppose an outspoken ally of Senator Bernie Sanders in a special election in Cleveland highlights the generational and ideological gulf in the Democratic Party.

#cleveland-ohio, #clyburn-james-e, #elections-house-of-representatives, #endorsements, #presidential-election-of-2016, #presidential-election-of-2020, #united-states-politics-and-government

Rep. James Clyburn Opposes Sanders Ally in Special Election

The decision by Representative James Clyburn to oppose an outspoken ally of Senator Bernie Sanders in a special election in Cleveland highlights the generational and ideological gulf in the Democratic Party.

#cleveland-ohio, #clyburn-james-e, #elections-house-of-representatives, #endorsements, #presidential-election-of-2016, #presidential-election-of-2020, #united-states-politics-and-government

F.E.C. Dismisses Case Against Democrats Over Outreach to Ukraine

The Federal Election Commission voted 4 to 2 not to pursue accusations that Democrats in 2016 sought help from Ukraine to damage Donald J. Trump’s campaign.

#democratic-national-committee, #foundation-for-accountability-and-civic-trust, #manafort-paul-j, #presidential-election-of-2016, #russian-interference-in-2016-us-elections-and-ties-to-trump-associates, #telizhenko-andrii, #ukraine, #weintraub-ellen-l, #whitaker-matthew-g

The D.N.C. Didn’t Get Hacked in 2020. Here’s Why.

A devastating email breach of the D.N.C. roiled Democrats in the final months of 2016. An unassuming security official made it his mission to prevent a recurrence.

#bob-lord, #clinton-hillary-rodham, #computer-security, #computers-and-the-internet, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #democratic-congressional-campaign-committee, #democratic-national-committee, #podesta-john-d, #presidential-election-of-2016, #presidential-election-of-2020, #schultz-debbie-wasserman, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

Prosecutors Investigating Whether Ukrainians Meddled in 2020 Election

The Brooklyn federal inquiry has examined whether former and current Ukrainian officials tried to interfere in the election, including funneling misleading information through Rudolph W. Giuliani.

#artemenko-andrii-v, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #brooklyn-nyc, #derkach-andriy, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #foreign-agents-registration-act, #frauds-and-swindling, #giuliani-rudolph-w, #impeachment, #kyiv-ukraine, #mueller-robert-s-iii, #politics-and-government, #presidential-election-of-2016, #presidential-election-of-2020, #russian-interference-in-2016-us-elections-and-ties-to-trump-associates, #telizhenko-andrii, #trump-ukraine-whistle-blower-complaint-and-impeachment-inquiry, #united-states-international-relations

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.

#campaign-finance, #cohen-michael-d-1966, #federal-election-commission, #presidential-election-of-2016, #tax-evasion, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

Why Trump Still Has Millions of Americans in His Grip

Many of the forces that helped bring him to power have only intensified.

#artificial-intelligence, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #income-inequality, #labor-and-jobs, #presidential-election-of-2016, #presidential-election-of-2020, #presidential-election-of-2024, #race-and-ethnicity, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wages-and-salaries