F.B.I. Surveillance in Spying and Terrorism Cases Plummet

But the F.B.I. is still using residual authority to obtain business records under a partly expired Patriot Act provision, a new report showed.

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Court Chides F.B.I., but Re-Approves Warrantless Surveillance Program

Newly disclosed episodes in which analysts improperly searched for data about Americans largely came before changes at the bureau.

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He Was Convicted of a Bombing Plot. Was It a Setup?

Since 9/11, U.S. authorities have used informants to convict hundreds of people of crimes related to international terrorism. Did the informants help create plots where none had existed?

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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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‘The Sun’ Paid For Improperly Obtained Meghan Markle Personal Data

The private investigator says the British tabloid The Sun paid him $2,055 in 2016 for private information about the couple, their family and friends that had been taken from a restricted database.

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British Tabloid The Sun Paid For Improperly Obtained Meghan Markle Personal Data

The private investigator says the British tabloid The Sun paid him $2,055 in 2016 for private information about the couple, their family and friends that had been taken from a restricted database.

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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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Is It OK That My Sister Secretly Records Our Dad for Laughs?

The magazine’s Ethicist columnist on whether to tell your father your sister is recording him without his knowledge — and more.

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Mexico Frees a General, and Wounds Its Alliance With the U.S.

The Biden administration will need to rebuild drug-enforcement cooperation after Mexico exonerated Gen. Salvador Cienfuegos, discounting U.S. evidence that he worked for a cartel.

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U.S. Used Patriot Act to Gather Logs of Website Visitors

A disclosure sheds new light on a high-profile national security law as lawmakers prepare to revive a debate over it in the Biden administration.

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Comey to Defend Russia Inquiry in Senate Testimony

The former F.B.I. director has long been a target of President Trump’s.

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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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In Politically Charged Inquiry, Durham Sought Details About Scrutiny of Clinton Foundation

John Durham’s team has sought information about the F.B.I.’s handling of the Clinton Foundation investigation, raising questions about the scope of the prosecutor’s review.

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Top Aide in Review of Russia Inquiry Resigns From Justice Dept.

The resignation came amid increasing expectations that the department may disclose partial results from the review before it is completed but ahead of the presidential election.

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Court Approves Warrantless Surveillance Rules While Scolding F.B.I.

The release of a newly declassified ruling follows a separate decision by an appeals court that a defunct National Security Agency program was illegal.

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Ex-F.B.I. Lawyer Pleads Guilty to Doctoring Email in Russia Inquiry

The former official admitted that he had intentionally inserted words into the text of the email, which discussed past relations between the C.I.A. and Carter Page, the former Trump campaign adviser.

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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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Ex-F.B.I. Lawyer Expected to Plead Guilty in Durham Investigation

Prosecutors are not expected to reveal any evidence of a broad anti-Trump conspiracy among law enforcement officials.

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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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F.B.I. Agent in Russia Inquiry Saw Basis in Early 2017 to Doubt Dossier

Newly declassified documents added more fodder for the continuing political fight over an aspect of the Trump-Russia investigation.

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With Broad Subpoena Power, Republicans Seek to Undercut Russia Inquiry

Republicans on two Senate committees moved to give their chairmen power to subpoena dozens of Obama administration and F.B.I. officials for the election-year inquiry.

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Rod Rosenstein, Key Figure in Russia Investigation, Is to Testify Today

A year after he stepped down as deputy attorney general, Republican senators have called Mr. Rosenstein to testify about his handling of the inquiry.

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Suit Claims Google’s Tracking Violates Federal Wiretap Law

The complaint said Google tracked and collected users’ browsing history even if they took steps to maintain their privacy.

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Flynn Discussed Sanctions at Length With Russian Diplomat, Transcripts Show

The former national security adviser now says he does not remember those discussions as he fights a criminal charge he had previously pleaded guilty to.

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In Financial Trouble? Track Everything Companies Tell You

Call centers are short staffed, and employees are scattered. Mistakes are inevitable. Document any changes and offers of relief, just to be safe.

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Intelligence Chief Declassifies List of Obama-Era Names in Unusual Step

Richard Grenell has given the list to the Justice Department as the president and his allies press to reshape perception of the Russian investigation.

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National Security Surveillance on U.S. Soil Fell Amid Scrutiny of Russia Inquiry

But overseas targets of the government’s warrantless surveillance program continued to soar in 2019, a new report disclosed.

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New Details Hint at Risk of Russian Misinformation in Dossier

Footnotes were declassified from a watchdog report that found that the F.B.I. had reason to open the Russia inquiry but made errors in seeking approval to wiretap a former Trump adviser.

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