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James Risen

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Past articles by James:

Senior U.S. Intelligence Official Died by Suicide in June

Anthony Schinella, the National Intelligence Officer for Military Issues and a longtime CIA official, killed himself at his home. → Read More

Maria Ressa’s Libel Conviction Is a Blow to Press Freedom

The case is part of Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte’s campaign to persecute Ressa and her news organization, Rappler. → Read More

Donald Trump Murdered Qassim Suleimani

The drone strike that killed the Iranian general is the legacy of two decades of secret legal opinions aimed at circumventing the U.S. assassination ban. → Read More

Trump Lawyer Jay Sekulow: “We’ve Got to Get on Top of This Thing”

Right before he went on CBS to defend the president and attack his critics, I overheard Trump's lawyer talking on the phone in a TV green room. → Read More

I Wrote About the Bidens and Ukraine Years Ago. Then the Right-Wing Spin Machine Turned the Story Upside Down.

Many observers now seem to think this suddenly hot story came out of nowhere this year, but that is not true. → Read More

Did Donald Trump’s Grip on the Justice Department Sabotage Robert Mueller’s Investigation?

Given what we now know about the events of the last two years, Nixon’s Saturday Night Massacre resembles a routine weekend in the Trump administration. → Read More

Annotating Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Redacted Report

Intercept reporters annotate the redacted version of Robert Mueller's “Report on the Investigation Into Russian Interference in the 2016 Election.” → Read More

The Leaks That Trump’s Justice Department Prosecutes Are Mostly About Trump, His Cronies, and Russia

Trump's complaints about the Russia investigation have clearly influenced how the Justice Department investigates leaks. → Read More

Keep Your Eyes on the Narcissist: Donald Trump’s Latest Antics Are Driven by Fear of Robert Mueller

Trump is a psychopathic criminal who feels cornered by the special counsel, so he is lashing out in every direction. → Read More

Is There Anything Trump, Cohen, and Manafort Didn’t Lie About?

The drip, drip of documents from Robert Mueller's inquiry into the Trump campaign's collusion with Russia exposes a dizzying number of lies by the President and his associates. → Read More

How George H.W. Bush Rode a Fake National Security Scandal to the Top of the CIA

The killing of a CIA agent in Greece was used to thwart reforms as Bush became the first openly partisan director of the spy agency in 1976. → Read More

As the Mueller Probe Heats Up, Donald Trump’s Lies Are Giving Way to the Truth

Michael Cohen’s latest guilty plea is just one of many Russia-related problems facing Trump. → Read More

So You Want to Use the 25th Amendment to Get Rid of Donald Trump? Here Are the Hurdles to Removing a Mentally Impaired President.

The Constitution offers few clues on how to evict a president who seems unhinged, yet retains the backing of his own enabling political party. → Read More

Is Donald Trump Above the Law?

Michael Cohen told a federal court that Trump committed a felony. By standard legal logic, the president should be the next one indicted. → Read More

Donald Trump Is a Dangerous Demagogue. It’s Time for a Crusading Press to Fight Back.

Trump is seeking to destroy the legitimacy of American journalism. The press should come together to jointly investigate his administration. → Read More

The CIA Had a Rule Against Meeting the KGB Alone. Trump Was Reckless to Ignore It With Putin.

Both leaders’ comments to reporters after the Helsinki meeting only reinforced the growing belief among many Americans that Trump is in Putin’s pocket. → Read More

Donald Trump’s Surveillance of New York Times Reporter Is a True Declaration of War Against the Press

This leak case seems designed to dissuade aggressive reporters from continuing to dig into the Trump-Russia story. → Read More

Senate Report Strongly Implies Russian Hacking Story Was a Public Service — but Whistleblower Reality Winner Remains in Jail

Other outlets reported on Russian intrusion into the U.S. elections system, but The Intercept's story relied on a leaked document. → Read More

James Comey’s Memos Reveal the Reasons Donald Trump Wants to Find Leakers and Put Reporters in Jail

There is a big difference between the kind of leaks Trump usually decries on Twitter and the kind that lead to criminal prosecutions. → Read More

A Key Trump-Russia Intermediary Has Been Missing for Months, as the Case for Collusion Grows Stronger

The relationship between a young American adviser and an academic with shadowy ties to Moscow reveals a secret channel between Trump’s campaign and Russia. → Read More