James B. Comey

Glenn Simpson believes FBI has a mole inside Trump team

Glenn Simpson, the Fusion GPS founder who sponsored the unverified anti-Trump dossier, claimed in August and again Jan. 2 that the FBI has a source …

Donald Trump

Durbin Confirms and Condemns Trump’s ‘Hate-Filled, Vile and Racist’ Talk

Illinois Democrat, who was in meeting, says media reports about Trump’s words have been accurate<p>Senate Minority Whip Richard J. Durbin told reporters …

Politics

Want to see where Trump is taking America? Look at Turkey under Erdogan.

<i>Brian Klaas is a fellow at the London School of Economics, a Washington Post Global Opinions contributing writer and the author of “The Despot’s Apprentice: Donald Trump’s Attack on Democracy.”</i><p>If imitation is the highest form of flattery, authoritarian despots across the globe must be feeling …

Opinion

8 Trump tweets that did real damage

President Trump speaks with reporters as he arrives for a gala on New Year's Eve at his Mar-a-Lago Club in Florida. (Evan Vucci/AP)President Trump set some hairs ablaze in the White House and on Capitol Hill on Thursday morning with a tweet that appeared to rescind the administration's support for …

U.S. Politics

This secretary is giving Sessions competition for the worst Trump Cabinet member

Attorney General Jeff Sessions — who allegedly involved himself in the effort to oust former FBI director James B. Comey with a false pretext, repeatedly misled the Senate on his Russia contacts, supported the noxious Muslim ban, has demonized illegal immigrants for a nonexistent crime wave …

Opinion

Every Trump utterance raises the same three questions

Virtually every time President Trump speaks he raises three possibilities to explain his nonsensical, offensive or flat-out wrong assertions: 1) He doesn’t get basic concepts his aides and lawyers must have explained to him; 2) he understands and then forgets; or 3) he is showing contempt for …

Opinion

The FBI Has Released a Letter Andrew McCabe Wrote to Agents After James Comey Was Fired

The Federal Bureau of Investigation released two documents Wednesday afternoon directly related to the firing of former FBI Director James Comey in …

Government

Trump: On second thought, why would I need to talk to Mueller?

When faced with a conundrum, it’s often best to go with your first instincts. If your first instinct is to go willingly into an interrogation with a …

Donald Trump

Trump bucked his own White House on a controversial surveillance law after watching FOX News

Government

Russia’s Election Meddling Fits a Global Pattern, Senate Report Says

WASHINGTON — Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election fits into a nearly two-decade pattern of meddling with governments around the world, and the United States’ response to its brazen attack is being hindered by President Trump, a new report prepared by Senate Democrats …

Erna Solberg

Trump says an interview with Mueller is ‘unlikely.’ That’s wrong.

At his news conference Wednesday, President Trump pointedly declined to say whether he would agree to answer questions from special counsel Robert S. Mueller III — but then suggested that such a session wouldn’t be warranted in any event. “When they have no collusion — and nobody’s found any …

Opinion

Anti-Trump FBI Agents' Text Messages Prompt Congressional Probes

Special prosecutor Robert Mueller's investigation into whether Donald Trump colluded with Russia before the 2016 election hit a massive speed bump …

Conservative View

Mueller Wants to Question Trump on Obstruction

New York Times: “One person familiar with the discussions said Mr. Mueller appeared most interested in asking questions about the former national …

Politics

Trump on the stand: The greatest political and legal peril he’s ever faced

The Post reports:<p>Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III has told President Trump’s legal team that his office is likely to seek an interview with the president, triggering a discussion among his attorneys about how to avoid a sit-down encounter or set limits on such a session, according to two …

Opinion

6 burning questions Robert Mueller will want to ask President Trump

President Trump could sit down with special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's investigators as soon as the next few weeks, though any cooperation from the president is being carefully negotiated right now, according to The Post's Carol D. Leonnig.<p>Leonnig reports that Trump is eager to sit down with …

Donald Trump

Why are Trump’s lawyers nervous? Because Mueller wants to interview Trump about obstruction.

<b>THE MORNING PLUM:</b><p>President Trump’s legal team is reportedly worried about the likelihood that special counsel Robert S. Mueller III will insist on interviewing the president with “open-ended, face-to-face questioning.” Trump’s lawyers are trying to determine whether they can place limits on that …

Opinion

New FBI Chief Makes Case Against Unbreakable Encryption

NEW YORK — Newly installed FBI Director Christopher A. Wray laid out a forceful case for giving law enforcement agencies privileged access to …

Privacy

FBI chief calls encryption a ‘major public safety issue’

NEW YORK — FBI Director Christopher A. Wray on Tuesday renewed a call for tech companies to help law enforcement officials gain access to encrypted smartphones, describing it as a “major public safety issue.”<p>Wray said the bureau was unable to gain access to the content of 7,775 devices in fiscal …

Privacy

The depressing lesson of Jake Tapper v. Stephen Miller

Jake Tapper’s interview with Trump White House aide Stephen Miller started with the standard cable-news courtesies: “Stephen, thanks so much for joining us, and Happy New Year. Good to see you,” said Tapper.<p>Miller replied, “Good to be here.”<p>The comity soon withered under the weight of “Fire and …

Donald Trump

Trump goes after another democratic norm

ALL OFFICIALS entering government must swear an oath of loyalty to the Constitution of the United States. President Trump made his own such promise. Yet he appears to believe that the public servants of the Justice Department owe their allegiance not to the Constitution but to him.<p>The litany of Mr. …

Opinion

Dear Very Stable Genius: The ingrates don’t deserve you. So quit.

From one very stable genius to another, I have some advice for President Trump: Resign immediately.<p>I feel you. Those small, petty, non-billionaire losers who attack you are not worthy of your brilliance. They don’t deserve the benefit of your intellect, your strength, your devastating good looks. …

Opinion

Russia has been meddling in foreign elections for decades. Has it made a difference?

Russian interference in the 2016 election has gotten an enormous amount of U.S. media attention. But Russia has been intervening in foreign elections for decades. Has it been effective?<p>We decided to find out. To assess the impact of Russian meddling, we put together and examined a data set of all …

Russia

A brief and inexhaustive guide to Trump’s political frenemies

Stephen K. Bannon, whose feud with President Trump spilled into open view last week, may find some solace in the tale of Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) if he hopes to find himself back in the president's fold. (Though it doesn't look hopeful.)<p>Corker had one of the most vicious spats with Trump just a …

U.S. Politics

Why it is time for Sessions to go

For months now, Democrats and Republicans alike have argued that Attorney General Jeff Sessions had to remain in place to shield the special counsel from being fired. If Trump axed Sessions, the thinking went, he could put in his flunky as attorney general who’d then proceed to can special counsel …

Opinion

What you need to know about Christopher Steele, the FBI and the Trump ‘dossier’

<i>“Mr. Steele was on the payroll of Fusion GPS, who was being paid by the Democratic Party to do opposition research on Donald Trump. That while he was working with the FBI, he was shopping this dossier all over the world. That’s not what an informant should do.”</i> <b><br>— Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.),</b> …

U.S. Politics

Mueller calls back at least one participant in key meeting with Russians at Trump Tower

Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III has recalled for questioning at least one participant in a controversial meeting with a Kremlin-connected Russian lawyer at Trump Tower in June 2016, and is looking into President Trump’s misleading claim that the discussion focused on adoption, rather than an …

Donald Trump

Here are the people closest to Trump who might doubt his mental fitness

President Trump just dived headfirst into a question that many won’t go near: Is he okay?<p>“The Democrats and their lapdogs, the Fake News Mainstream Media are taking out the old Ronald Reagan playbook and screaming mental stability and intelligence,” he wrote Saturday on Twitter. “Actually, …

Donald Trump

Why Trump and Sessions are now in a heap of legal trouble

Michael S. Schmidt’s report in the New York Times contains so many blockbusters that it’s hard to know where to begin. Here are the most critical claims:<p>Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III has evidence, including a memo from former chief of staff Reince Priebus, confirming at least some of the …

Opinion

Paul Manafort’s Desperate Legal Gamble

When faced with the choice of whether or not to cooperate with Special Counsel Robert Mueller, George Papadopoulos and Michael Flynn reached the same wise conclusion: far better to strike a deal than bet on unknown contingencies such as presidential pardons.<p>But former Trump campaign chairman Paul …

Politics

Obstruction Inquiry Shows Trump’s Struggle to Keep Grip on Russia Investigation

WASHINGTON — President Trump gave firm instructions in March to the White House’s top lawyer: stop the attorney general, Jeff Sessions, from recusing himself in the Justice Department’s investigation into whether Mr. Trump’s associates had helped a Russian campaign to disrupt the 2016 …

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