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News Analysis: Trump’s Attack on Russia Inquiry Is From Familiar Playbook: The Clintons’

But the strategy has driven a wedge inside Mr. Trump’s political and legal teams. Some of Mr. Trump’s lawyers have argued that the president is better off not undermining Mr. Mueller, a former F.B.I. director who served presidents of both parties and enjoys broad bipartisan respect in Washington. If the president has done nothing wrong, they argue, then allowing Mr. Mueller to come to that conclusion on his own would be the best way of finally dispensing with the suspicions of collusion with Russia during last year’s election. An exoneration…

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Can the President Be Indicted? A Long-Hidden Legal Memo Says Yes

Other prosecutors working for Mr. Starr developed a draft indictment of Mr. Clinton, which The Times has also requested be made public. The National Archives has not processed that file to determine whether it is exempt from disclosure under grand-jury secrecy rules. Document Can presidents be indicted while they remain in office? Conventional wisdom says no, but a newfound Office of Independent Counsel legal memo says yes. OPEN Document In 1974, the Watergate special counsel, Leon Jaworski, had also received a memo from his staff saying he could indict the…

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Can Trump Pardon Himself? Explaining Presidential Clemency Powers

How would pardons affect the Trump-Russia investigations? Anyone pardoned by Mr. Trump would receive immunity from being charged with a federal crime over his or her past conduct covered by the pardon. That could contract the scope of the special counsel investigation being led by Robert S. Mueller III into possible ties between associates of Mr. Trump and Russia’s meddling in the presidential election. Still, if Mr. Trump did not also pardon any Russian officials for violating American law in carrying out an election-influence operation, then the investigation might continue…

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ExxonMobil sues administration to stop $2M fine over “disregard” of Russia sanctions

WASHINGTON – Exxon Mobil Corp. showed “reckless disregard” for U.S. sanctions on Russia while Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was the oil giant’s CEO, the Treasury Department said Thursday. The U.S. fined the company $2 million. Treasury said that Exxon violated sanctions when it signed contracts in May 2014 with Russian oil magnate Igor Sechin, chairman of government-owned energy giant Rosneft. The U.S. blacklisted Sechin, Tillerson’s longtime business associate, as part of its response to Moscow’s actions in Ukraine and annexation of Crimea. The same month that Exxon signed the deals,…

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Fact Check: Trump Made Several Misleading Claims in Times Interview

Mr. Trump distorted China’s compliance with the Paris climate accord. Mr. Trump complained that China’s pledge to comply with the agreement does not kick in until 2030 and that “Russia goes back to 1994 as a standard — a much, much lower standard.” Though China says it expects emissions to peak by 2030, that does not mean the country is planning to ignore the pledge until then, nor can it meet its goal overnight in 2029. It is already on track to beat that target, and it also pledged to…

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Exxon Mobil Fined for Violating Sanctions on Russia Under Tillerson

Photo Rex W. Tillerson, the secretary of state, at the White House in June. When he was Exxon Mobil’s chief executive, the company’s subsidiaries did business with a person whose assets were blocked, in violation of United States sanctions, the Treasury Department has said. Credit Doug Mills/The New York Times WASHINGTON — The Treasury Department has fined Exxon Mobil $2 million for violating sanctions that the United States imposed on Russia in 2014 while Rex W. Tillerson, now the secretary of state, was chief executive of the oil company. “Exxon…

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‘I’ve been through worse’: War-hero McCain tells Senate pal he’ll be back

U.S. Sen. John McCain, who has been diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumor, told Sen. Lindsey Graham over the phone Wednesday that he’s “been through worse,” and then went on to discuss health care and other policy issues. McCain talked about the long road ahead regarding treatments, but said that he’s been though wars. Graham said McCain– who is resting at his home in Arizona– sounded resolved and determined. “The disease has never had a more worthy opponent,” Graham said. McCain was a prisoner of war in Vietnam for more…

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