Democrats Agree to Pay $113,000 Over Campaign Spending Inquiry

Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the Democratic Party described payments to a law firm that commissioned scrutiny of Trump-Russia ties — leading to the Steele dossier — as legal services, not opposition research.

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The Outsize Life and Quiet Death of the Steele Dossier

For years, a collection of salacious allegations about Donald J. Trump and Russia captivated America. It has since proved to be a flawed document.

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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.

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The Steele Dossier Indicted the Media

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

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The Murky World of Private Spies and the Damage They May Be Doing

Barry Meier’s “Spooked” is an investigative reporter’s probe of other investigative reporters who may be using their talents for questionable purposes.

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Secret Sharers: The Hidden Ties Between Private Spies and Journalists

A booming, renegade private intelligence industry is increasingly shaping (and misshaping) the news.

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Analyst Who Reported the Infamous Trump Tape Rumor Wants to Clear His Name

The Steele dossier’s main source explained where its most notorious claim came from — and called Republicans’ accusations that he is a Russian agent “slander.”

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Justice Dept. Documents Highlight Criticisms of Mueller Inquiry

The attorney general provided information on two matters to President Trump’s allies that was meant to damage the F.B.I.’s Russia investigation and the special counsel’s office.

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Trump and Miss Moscow: Report Examines Possible Compromises in Russia Trips

The Senate committee report says that President Trump may have had a relationship with a Russian beauty pageant winner. But investigators say they “did not establish” that Russia had compromising information on Mr. Trump.

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What We Learned From Report on 2016 Trump Campaign and Russian Interference

Senators divided along party lines about whether to conclude that the Trump campaign coordinated with the Kremlin’s election sabotage operations.

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8 Takeaways From the Senate Committee Report on Russian Interference

Senators divided along party lines about whether to conclude that the Trump campaign coordinated with the Kremlin’s election sabotage operations.

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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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The F.B.I. Pledged to Keep a Source Anonymous. Trump Allies Aided His Unmasking.

After a Russia expert who had collected research on Donald Trump for a disputed dossier agreed to tell the F.B.I. what he knew about it, law enforcement officials declassified a road map to identifying him.

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