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Trump Blames Obama and Democrats for Failing to Stop Russian Meddling

In another tweet on Sunday, Mr. Trump, who has tried since the campaign to sow doubts about who was behind the election intrusions, said that he had “never said Russia did not meddle in the election,” quoting a comment he made in a 2016 presidential debate.“I said ‘it may be Russia, or China or another country or group, or it may be a 400 pound genius sitting in bed and playing with his computer,” Mr. Trump wrote. “The Russian ‘hoax’ was that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia — it never did!”Newsletter Sign UpContinue reading the main storyThank you for subscribing.An error has occurred. Please try again later.You are already subscribed to this email.View all New York Times newsletters.Mr. Trump also praised remarks by one of his chief antagonists, Representative Adam B. Schiff of California, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, that criticized Mr. Obama’s muted response to the Russian threat. But at the same time he called the congressman “the leakin’ monster of no control.”“Now that Adam Schiff is starting to blame President Obama for Russian meddling in the election, he is probably doing so as yet another excuse that the Democrats, lead by their fearless leader, Crooked Hillary Clinton, lost the 2016 election,” Mr. Trump wrote.The president in the past has traded bitter Twitter messages with Mr. […]

13 Russians Indicted as Mueller Reveals Effort to Aid Trump Campaign

The Justice Department said Mr. Mueller’s work was not complete. The indictment does not address the hacking of Democratic email systems or whether Mr. Trump tried to obstruct the F.B.I. investigation into Russian interference. Mr. Mueller is negotiating with the president’s lawyers over the terms of a possible interview.The Russian operation began four years ago, well before Mr. […]

House Republicans Release Secret Memo Accusing Russia Investigators of Bias

The outlines of the memo were widely detailed in news reports in recent days. Several details from the complete memo show that it reflects a line of attack circulating for weeks in conservative media outlets, which have been amplifying a narrative that the Russia investigation is the illegitimate handiwork of a cabal of senior Justice Department and F.B.I. […]

Asia and Australia Edition: Trump, Strava, Blood Moon: Your Wednesday Briefing

#briefing-market-module.interactive-embedded .interactive-caption { display: none; } Market Snapshot View Full Overview In the News Photo Credit Pool photo by Neil Hall • Prime Minister Teresa May of Britain is scheduled to arrive in China today, with trade high on her agenda for meetings in Wuhan, Beijing and Shanghai. [BBC] • In India, the rape of an 8-month-old girl has sickened and transfixed a country grown distressingly accustomed to horrifying sex abuse cases. [The New York Times] • A Russian fighter jet came within a scant five feet of a U.S. spy plane over the Black Sea, U.S. officials said. There were three similar encounters in 2016. [The New York Times] • Hawaii’s false alert of an inbound ballistic missile was issued intentionally, after a state worker missed the announcement of a drill. [The New York Times] Continue reading the main story • An Op-Ed writer takes issue with what she saw as the Grammy awards program’s “slut-shaming” of Nikki Haley, the U.S. […]

Op-Ed Contributor: The 2018 Winter Olympics Are Already Tainted

The only real deterrent value here is toward truth-telling whistle-blowers.The initial revelations of Russia’s state-sponsored doping program were a result of the bravery of the whistle-blowers Yuliya Stepanova and Vitaly Stepanov. This husband (a former employee of the Russian antidoping agency) and wife (an elite runner) possess a selfless and concerned patriotism. For their honorable intentions, the couple were labeled traitors and forced to flee their homes for fear of being killed.They believed in clean sports; so did I when I started the investigation […]

A Split From Trump Indicates That Flynn Is Moving to Cooperate With Mueller

Lawyers for Mr. Flynn and Mr. Trump declined to comment. The four people briefed on the matter spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss it publicly.A deal with Mr. Flynn would give Mr. Mueller a behind-the-scenes look at the Trump campaign and the early tumultuous weeks of the administration. Mr. Flynn was an early and important adviser to Mr. Trump, an architect of Mr. […]

Top Russian Official Tried to Broker ‘Backdoor’ Meeting Between Trump and Putin

These contacts were set against the backdrop of a sophisticated effort by Russia to hack Democratic computers, disseminate propaganda and undermine Mrs. Clinton’s candidacy. The latest disclosure about Mr. Torshin, who is a leading figure in Mr. Putin’s party, United Russia, shows the direct involvement of a high-ranking Russian official in the Kremlin’s outreach to the campaign.The overture to the Trump campaign was first reported by CNN. The New York Times confirmed new details, including Mr. […]