A department rule advises federal law enforcement officials to refrain from making public comments about ongoing investigations that may impact an election in the 60 days leading up to that election.
Polling shows Joe Biden with a large lead over Donald Trump nationally in the presidential race. But there are many ways that presidential race polling has gone wrong in the past, and could do so now.
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.
As the special counsel’s investigation of Trump turns into a partisan battle in Congress, here are four key issues to follow.
Legally, a person can obstruct justice even if he committed no other crime – though it is harder to prove. It all depends on the intent behind pressuring investigators, say, or firing an FBI director.
Will the public ever see a report from Robert Mueller’s investigation of possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia? Maybe not. There are big legal hurdles to making it public.
Here are three lessons that former FBI Director James Comey, took from the 20th-century American Christian philosopher, Reinhold Niebuhr.
There’s a trade-off when presidents appoint loyalists. A loyalist may not be as competent as the position demands, but he or she may satisfy the president by carrying out his agenda.
Past presidents have made strange requests of the FBI, some of which were documented by J. Edgar Hoover.
Greek tragedies shed light into human nature’s darker corners. They can also illuminate the character of former FBI chief James Comey, whose unbending adherence to principles evokes ancient themes.
But everyone gets fired in the end.
When outrage is misplaced or excessive, it can have negative consequences for a healthy public discourse.
Research shows that context matters for understanding what a person’s words mean – especially when power dynamics are involved.
Did the attorney general help create a false story on why Comey was fired? Sessions’ testimony to Congress provides no answers.
The rule of law can take on different meanings depending whom you ask and where you are – but in the US it pretty much means one thing.
Russia is dangerous, the president lied, and now it’s up to the special counsel.
The Soviet ambassador to London showed that charm and contacts can trump espionage when it comes to gathering information.
Hoover abused his power as FBI director to serve presidents’ interests. The reforms that followed were set up to prevent it from happening again.
How will Mueller perform as special counsel? A historian compares his actions with another former FBI director to find out.
The investigation is likely to end in one of two ways: the end of Donald Trump’s presidency, or the beginning of his second term.