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.

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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.

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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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Scottish Group Seeks Source of Trump’s Funds for Golf Courses

The Trump Company invested hundreds of millions in the properties during a time when the former president was reporting heavy losses on his income tax returns.

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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.

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With Putin, Biden Tries to Forge a Bond of Self-Interest, Not Souls

Theirs seems likely to be a strained and frustrating association, one where the two leaders may maintain a veneer of civil discourse even as they joust on the international stage.

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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.

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Where Biden’s Justice Department Isn’t Breaking From Trump

Democratic gripes are increasing, as some critics worry that the department is rubber-stamping Trump-era policies.

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Reality Winner, Who Leaked Government Secrets, Is Released From Prison

Out on good behavior, the former National Security Agency contractor was sent to a halfway house.

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Apple Says It Turned Over Data on Trump in 2018

The company notified Donald F. McGahn II last month that it had been subpoenaed for his account information three years ago.

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Hunting Leaks, Trump Officials Focused on Democrats in Congress

The Justice Department seized records from Apple for metadata of House Intelligence Committee members, their aides and family members.

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McGahn Affirmed That Trump Tried to Oust Mueller

The former White House counsel testified behind closed doors last week about the former president’s attempts to interfere with the Russia investigation.

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U.S. Put Gag Order on Times Executives Amid Fight Over Email Logs

The push began in the Trump administration and continued under President Biden, and the Justice Department obtained a gag order to keep it from public view.

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McGahn Breaks Little New Ground in Closed-Door Testimony

A transcript of the former White House counsel’s appearance, which ended a two-year dispute between the Justice Department and Congress over a subpoena, will be made public next week.

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Robert Mueller will take law students behind the decision-making process of the Russia inquiry.

Mr. Mueller and three lawyers who worked with him plan to explain the challenges that prosecutors faced and the legal context behind critical decisions.

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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.

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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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McGahn Likely to Testify on Trump’s Efforts to Obstruct Russia Inquiry

A delay is said to have stemmed from an initial threat by former President Donald J. Trump to intervene, but he apparently reversed course.

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McGahn Is Likely to Testify Next Week on Trump’s Efforts to Obstruct Russia Inquiry

A delay is said to have stemmed from an initial threat by former President Donald J. Trump to intervene, but he apparently reversed course.

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Blinken Jousts With China and Russia in United Nations Meeting

President Biden’s top diplomat said the United States would uphold international rules and “push back forcefully” against those who don’t, a sharp contrast to the Trump years.

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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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Biden Administration Says Russian Intelligence Obtained Trump Campaign Data

A Treasury Department document shed more light on links between the campaign and Russian spies.

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U.S. Imposes Stiff Sanctions on Russia, Blaming It for Major Hacking Operation

Following years of wrist slaps under President Donald J. Trump, the new measures are designed to have a noticeable impact on the Russian economy.

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U.S. Imposes Stiff Sanctions on Russia, Blaming It for Major Hacking Operation

Following years of wrist slaps under President Donald J. Trump, the new measures are designed to have a noticeable impact on the Russian economy.

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Subpoenaing the Brookings Institution, Durham Focuses on Trump-Russia Dossier

The special counsel scrutinizing the Russia inquiry, a Trump-era leftover, appears to be retreading ground that an inspector general explored in 2019.

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Putin Authorized Russian Interference in 2020 Election, Report Says

The assessment was the intelligence community’s most comprehensive look at foreign efforts to interfere in the election.

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Preparing for Cyberstrike on Russia, U.S. Confronts Hacking by China

The proliferation of cyberattacks by rivals is presenting a challenge to the Biden administration as it seeks to deter intrusions on government and corporate systems.

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How Investigative Journalism Flourished in Hostile Russia

A new wave of news outlets has used conventional, and unconventional, methods to pierce the veil of Putin’s power.

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Justice Dept. Is Said to Be Examining Stone’s Possible Ties to Capitol Rioters

A full criminal investigation is far from certain, a person familiar with the inquiry said.

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Justice Dept. to Keep Special Counsel Investigating Russia Inquiry

John H. Durham will remain as special counsel even as the Biden administration requests a mass resignation of U.S. attorneys. The prosecutor investigating Hunter Biden’s taxes will also remain.

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How Alan Dershowitz Became a Force in Clemency Grants

The lawyer Alan M. Dershowitz, who represented the former president in his first impeachment trial, used his access for a wide array of clients as they sought pardons or commutations.

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Manafort Can’t Be Prosecuted After Trump Pardon, New York Court Rules

The Court of Appeals let stand a lower-court ruling that the Manhattan district attorney’s prosecution of Paul Manafort was barred by the double jeopardy rule.

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Michael Flynn Re-emerges Pushing QAnon, Stolen 2020 Election Lies

Recast by President Trump’s most ardent supporters as a MAGA martyr, Michael T. Flynn has embraced his role as the man who spent four years unjustly ensnared in the Russian investigation.

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Senate Intelligence Committee to Examine Antigovernment Extremists

Senator Mark Warner, the committee’s new chairman, said he hoped to lead a bipartisan investigation of the groups, their overseas ties and amplification of their message by foreign powers.

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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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In Trump’s Pardons, Disdain for Accountability

President Donald J. Trump’s clemency actions underscored his animosity toward a justice system seeking to punish corruption and betrayals of public trust.

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Has Trump’s Reckoning Come Too Late?

Finally the world agrees that Trump is exactly the man his fiercest critics said he was. But has the reckoning come too late?

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After 2 Impeachments, Giuliani Vows to Continue His Fervor for Trump

White House officials are universally angry with Rudolph W. Giuliani and blame him for both of President Trump’s impeachments. But he remains one of few people still willing to join Mr. Trump in the foxhole.

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Biden to Restore Homeland Security and Cybersecurity Aides to Senior White House Posts

The two appointments illustrate how the president-elect appears determined to rebuild a White House national security team to focus on threats that critics say were ignored by President Trump.

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With Trump Presidency Winding Down, Push for Assange Pardon Ramps Up

Supporters of the WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange have enlisted a lobbyist with connections to the president and filed a clemency petition with the White House.

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Book Review: ‘Saving Justice,’ by James Comey

Comey’s “Saving Justice” is a revealing memoir that describes his feelings about Trump and his worries about the nation.

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Trump Is Said to Have Discussed Pardoning Himself

The discussions occurred in recent weeks, and it was not clear whether he has brought it up since he incited supporters to march on the Capitol, where some stormed the site.

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Biden to Tap More Former Obama Officials for Top National Security Jobs

The president-elect is turning to trusted former colleagues to manage complex negotiations with Iran and Russia.

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Trump Was Briefed on Uncorroborated Intelligence About Chinese Bounties

The unverified intelligence echoes a similar report, deemed credible by the C.I.A. but dismissed by the president, that Russian military agents had offered payments for attacks on Americans in Afghanistan.

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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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For a Defeated President, Pardons as an Expression of Grievance

President Trump’s grants of clemency to convicted liars, corrupt congressmen and child-killing war criminals are a way to lash out at a system that he believes has treated him and his friends unfairly.

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Trump Gives Clemency to More Allies, Including Manafort, Stone and Charles Kushner

It was the second wave of pardons and commutations by the president in two days, showing his willingness to use his power aggressively on behalf of loyalists.

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Trump Pardons Two Russia Inquiry Figures and Blackwater Guards

The pre-Christmas wave of 20 pardons and commutations are not likely to be the last before Mr. Trump leaves office on Jan. 20.

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Trump Contradicts Pompeo Over Russia’s Role in Hack

Hours after the secretary of state acknowledged that Moscow was behind the vast cybersecurity breach, the president suggested it might have been China and downplayed the severity of the attack.

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