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As security officials prepare for Russian attack on 2020 presidential race, Trump and aides play down threat

April 30, 2019
Josh Dawsey, Ellen Nakashima, Shane Harris | The Washington Post
U.S. national security officials have been preparing for Russian interference in the 2020 presidential race by tracking cyber threats, sharing intelligence about foreign disinformation efforts with social media companies and helping state election officials protect their systems against foreign manipulation. But these actions are strikingly at odds with statements from President Trump, who has rebuffed warnings from his senior aides about Russia and sought to play down that country’s potential to influence American politics.
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How Kushner sought advice from a ‘pro-Kremlin’ Russian

April 29, 2019
Natasha Bertrand | POLITICO
Jared Kushner needed help. It was March 2016 and Kushner’s father-in-law, Donald Trump, was steamrolling to the Republican presidential nomination. But the businessman-candidate was taking heat for his campaign’s lack of foreign policy expertise, something Kushner was trying to remedy. That’s when he found a Russian willing to assist.

The end of the special counsel’s investigation, but the start of a political war

April 19, 2019
After the release of Mueller’s report this week, the panelists discussed what the report reveals, the questions it raises, and the impact it may have on the Trump presidency.
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February 20, 2019
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Michael Cohen Acknowledges Payments to Boost Trump in Online Polls

January 17, 2019
Maggie Haberman | The New York Times
Michael D. Cohen, the former personal lawyer and fixer for President Trump, acknowledged on Thursday that he had paid the owner of a technology services company to help doctor results of an online poll to help Mr. Trump as he considered a run for president.
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Senators Push Trump's Attorney General Pick On Impartiality

January 16, 2019
Carrie Johnson, Ryan Lucas, Danielle Kurtzleben | NPR
President Trump's choice to lead the Justice Department, William Barr, took questions from lawmakers Tuesday, with the central one being whether Barr will work to impede the Russia investigation.
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Trump Confronts the Prospect of a ‘Nonstop Political War’ for Survival

January 14, 2019
Peter Baker | The New York Times
So it has come to this: The president of the United States was asked over the weekend whether he is a Russian agent. And he refused to directly answer.
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Trump denies ever working for Russia, blasts investigators

January 14, 2019
Jonathan Lemire, Darlene Superville | The Associated Press
President Donald Trump denied Monday he ever worked for Russia, answering a question he declined to directly address over the weekend. Speaking from the South Lawn before departing the White House for New Orleans, Trump called former FBI and Justice Department officials “known scoundrels” and “dirty cops.” He was reacting to a New York Times report that law enforcement officials began investigating, in 2017, whether Trump had been working on behalf of Russia against U.S. interests. “I never worked for Russia,” he told reporters. Trump didn’t directly answer the question in a Saturday Fox News interview.
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F.B.I. Opened Inquiry Into Whether Trump Was Secretly Working on Behalf of Russia

January 12, 2019
Michael Schmidt, Adam Goldman, Nicholas Fandos | The New York Times
In the days after President Trump fired James B. Comey as F.B.I. 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.
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