Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page By Adam Goldman, Michael S. Schmidt and Nicholas Fandos New York Times January 12, 2019 WASHINGTON — In the days after President Trump fired James Comey as FBI director, law enforcement officials became so concerned by the president’s behavior that they began investigating whether he had been working on behalf of Russia against American interests, according to former law enforcement officials and others familiar with the investigation.The inquiry carried explosive implications. Counterintelligence investigators had to consider whether the president’s own actions constituted a possible threat to national security. Agents also sought to determine whether Trump was knowingly working for Russia or had unwittingly fallen under Moscow’s influence.The investigation the FBI opened into Trump also had a criminal aspect, which has long been publicly … [Read more...] about Donald Trump: FBI opened inquiry into whether president was secretly working on behalf of Russia
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The Thaw The December 7 announcement that President Trump will nominate William Barr to be his next attorney general: It was just the latest reminder of the thawing relationship between the Trump administration and the Bush dynasty. Barr, of course, served as attorney general during the Bush 41 administration. In the week after former president George H.W. Bush died, the warming of relations between Trump and the Bush family was obvious. As we know, the 45th president issued a generous statement of condolence, then ordered the federal government closed for a day of mourning, then visited Bush 41’s casket at the Capitol Rotunda, and then attended the funeral service at National Cathedral. To be sure, there’s nothing wrong with fit and proper tributes to a late president, and yet in Washington, on any occasion, no matter how somber, it’s always necessary to keep one’s political wits. As president back in the 1990s, Bush 41 lost his; he was gulled … [Read more...] about Virgil: Donald Trump Was Right to Praise George H.W. Bush, But He’d Be Wrong to Emulate Him
President Donald Trump confirmed Friday that he will nominate William Barr as his new Attorney General. Barr served as Attorney General during the George H.W. Bush administration from 1991-1993, unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate. He is currently an attorney for Washington, DC law firm Kirkland and Ellis.“He was my first choice since day one,” Trump said, confirming the news to White House reporters as he left the White House for a trip to Missouri. The Washington Post reported on Thursday that Barr was the top choice by members of the administration. Barr wrote in a May 2017 op-ed that Trump was right to fire FBI Director James Comey, asserting that the former director “crossed a line” in the investigation of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. He also told the New York Times that there was justification for further investigation of Clinton’s role in approving the Uranium One sale to the Russians. “To the extent it is not … [Read more...] about Donald Trump Confirms He Will Nominate William Barr as Next Attorney General
President Donald Trump said Friday that Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his investigators had conflicts of interest, demanding on Twitter that they are included in the final report. “Will Robert Mueller’s big time conflicts of interest be listed at the top of his Republicans only Report?” Trump asked. Trump said Mueller and “Leakin’ Lyin’ James Comey” were “best friends,” which represented a conflict of interest that should be noted in the report. In his most lengthy condemnation of the report to date, Trump listed the grievances that he had with the investigation. He said the report should reveal all of the Democrats involved in the investigation who donated to Hillary Clinton. Trump reminded the world that attorney Jeannie Rhee, who was also part of the investigation, served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General Eric Holder and represented Hillary Clinton in an email lawsuit and the Clinton Foundation in a racketeering … [Read more...] about What Donald Trump Wants to See in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Report
Sonam Sheth, provided by Published 7:04 pm PST, Friday, November 30, 2018 Alex Wong/Getty Images Michael Cohen is quickly emerging as one of the most dangerous cooperators not only against President Donald Trump, but also his son, Donald Trump Jr. Cohen's plea deal with the special counsel Robert Mueller raises fresh questions about whether Trump Jr. misled congressional investigators about a now-defunct proposal to build a Trump Tower in Moscow. Rep. Adam Schiff, the ranking member on the House Intelligence Committee said Cohen's plea deal indicates that "other witnesses were also untruthful before our committee." A knowledgeable congressional source told INSIDER Trump Jr. was one of the witnesses to whom Schiff was referring. When the FBI raided Michael Cohen's property earlier this year and it surfaced that he was the target of a federal criminal investigation, Justice Department veterans warned that if he were to flip, he could be the most dangerous cooperating … [Read more...] about Michael Cohen’s plea deal poses a significant danger to Donald Trump Jr.