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John Kruzel is a staff writer at PolitiFact. He previously covered politics at ABC News, where he received an Emmy nomination for his work on 2016 presidential debates. He has written about politics, law and national security, and contributed to numerous outlets, including Slate and The New Yorker. He is a former attorney.

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Was the Trump Tower meeting with Russian lawyer ‘totally legal,’ as Trump said?

How often do American political campaigns seek damaging information from a foreign government? According to President Donald Trump, attempting to weaponize this kind of dirt against political opponents is common practice — and perfectly legal.

Fact-checking Fox News analyst’s pro-Trump book ‘The Russia Hoax’

Fox News legal analyst Gregg Jarrett’s The Russia Hoax reads like a book-length friend-of-the-court brief, painting a sympathetic portrait of the Trump presidency and defending the Trump team’s election-era actions, which are now under a microscope.

Fact-checking Donald Trump's rally in Tampa with Ron DeSantis

President Donald Trump flew to Tampa, Fla., to make his endorsement of GOP Rep. Ron DeSantis for Florida governor official. Trump's rally revisited the biggest of his highlights of his first year and a half in office, and was punctuated by exaggerations and falsehoods.

6 questions about the timing of the Mueller investigation

Americans of all political stripes are waiting to see what happens with the special counsel investigation headed by Robert Mueller. How might the midterm elections -- and the desire not to put a thumb on the political scales -- affect the timing of Mueller’s public moves?

Fact-checking Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin in Helsinki

President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin met one-on-one in Helsinki just days after the special counsel indicted 12 Russian intelligence officials for meddling in the 2016 election. In a joint press conference, each leader made puzzling, inaccurate claims.

The Russia investigation and Donald Trump: a timeline from on-the-record sources (updated)

This timeline documents everything we know thus far about the investigation into the Trump campaign and Russia. The sources are either verified events, court filings, public statements, or on-the-record media reports.

Democrats’ playbook for stopping Donald Trump’s Supreme Court pick

As President Donald Trump moves closer to nominating a Supreme Court justice, Democrats are scrambling for a strategy to stop a nominee that would tilt the court in a more conservative direction and reverse liberal gains.

Fact-checking Donald Trump in Singapore about North Korea

President Donald Trump detailed his discussion with Kim Jong Un during a lengthy press conference following the North Korea-United States summit. Trump touched on everything from the troops in South Korea and denuclearization, the main objective of the summit, to human rights, trade deficits and NATO.

So the Donald Trump, Kim Jong Un handshake happened. Now what?

President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un adopted a conciliatory tone as they opened a new chapter in their often-tense courtship, with both leaders broadly agreeing at a historic Singapore summit to pursue a path towards more peaceful relations.   

Cell phone showdown. MSNBC takes on Fox News' Sean Hannity over obstruction of justice talk

Critics of Fox News commentator Sean Hannity have seized on statements he made during his nationally broadcast show to claim Hannity is urging targets of the Russia special counsel investigation to destroy their phones and purge their emails to avoid prosecution.