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Mueller testifies before the House Intelligence Committee. Reuters/Alex Brandon

The Mueller hearing and the death of facts

To one scholar of the post-truth era, tuning in to Robert Mueller's testimony Wednesday was to hear a duel over the facts. Not what the facts imply – but what the facts are.
U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller makes a statement on his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, May 29, 2019. REUTERS/Jim Bourg

Is Robert Mueller an antique? The role of the facts in a post-truth era

What's the role of someone who, like Robert Mueller, speaks only facts in a tornado of partisan bombast? Is it a breath of fresh air or an abdication of responsibility to protect America's interests?
He’s calling – but will you answer? Russian Presidential Executive Office

How to avoid accidentally becoming a Russian agent

The Mueller report reveals that some U.S. citizens helped Russian government agents organize real-life events, aiding Russia's propaganda campaign. Don't be like them.
Pages from Robert Mueller’s final report on the special counsel investigation into Donald Trump, which show heavy redaction by the Department of Justice. AP Photo/Jon Elswick

Did Trump obstruct justice? 5 questions Congress must answer

Mueller's report describes more than a dozen times Trump may have broken the law. Here's how Congress will decide whether the president obstructed justice during federal probes into his presidency.
Attorney General William Barr at an April 18 press conference about the public release of the special counsel’s report on Donald Trump. AP Photo/Patrick Semansky

What you need to know about the Mueller report: 4 essential reads

As the special counsel's investigation of Trump turns into a partisan battle in Congress, here are four key issues to follow.
Attorney General William P. Barr, appointed by Donald Trump, has provided Congress with only a summary of Mueller’s report. AP Photo/Alex Brandon/Jose Luis Magana

How Trump and Barr could stretch claims of executive privilege and grand jury secrecy

The president and attorney general can try to keep the findings of Mueller's investigation secret. They'll likely use both the secrecy of grand jury proceedings and executive privilege to do that.
U.S. President Donald Trump during a campaign rally in Topeka, Kan., Oct. 6, 2018. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

From Caesar to Trump: Immunity is a hard thing to give up

US law says the president can't be indicted, an echo of ancient Roman law. The efforts Roman leader Julius Caesar made to maintain his immunity is a cautionary tale for America's political system.
Atty. Gen. Elliot Richardson swears in William D. Ruckelshaus as his deputy. Both men later resigned rather than carry out Nixon’s order to fire the Watergate special prosecutor. AP/John Duricka

Today’s GOP leaders have little in common with those who resisted Nixon

Republicans in Congress today are different than GOP figures who challenged President Nixon during Watergate. GOP leaders now stand in contrast to those who once chose country over loyalty to one man.
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks with Russian President Vladimir Putin during a news conference after their meeting at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland on July 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

The Trump-Putin summit: Hired hand at work?

In the hands of a legitimate president, the recent indictments against Russian nationals for interfering in the 2016 presidential election would have been a powerful tool at a summit. Not Donald Trump.

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