Reading Time: 25 minutes In this in-depth story, we take a close look at a key Trump-Russia figure who just this week generated headlines: the president’s “bulldog” ex in-house lawyer, Michael Cohen. With his own surprising ties to the former Soviet Union, Cohen may turn out to be a crucial missing link for investigators.
Reading Time: 27 minutes WhoWhatWhy is the place for context and analysis. For those wondering about all the recent mentions of Felix Sater — Trump’s business associate he’d like to forget knowing — here’s the full story. We published it back in March. And it’s as relevant as ever.
Reading Time: 7 minutes Who is he? Why was he there?
Reading Time: 10 minutes Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation now extends into the White House and includes suspicious financial transactions, that could lead to money laundering, currency violations or even tax violations. Could Donald Trump’s tax returns be the next target?
Reading Time: 18 minutes Bizarre back-story on the source used by a fired Wall Street Journal reporter who failed to disclose business deals, including weapons sales, with that source — an arms dealer implicated in the Iran-Contra scandal.
Reading Time: 5 minutes To survive as UK prime minister, Theresa May will depend on an ultra-religious party with a militant history. Is she playing with fire?
Reading Time: 7 minutes Against all odds, ‘unelectable’ UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has dramatically cut the lead of Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May.
Reading Time: 26 minutes A couple months after our blockbuster investigation of Donald Trump’s shady Russia connections, the Dutch TV show Zembla aired a special on the topic. To stay up to date on Trump’s dubious associates, watch the documentary and re-read our exclusive.
Reading Time: 6 minutes Acting FBI Director McCabe was deeply involved in investigating the Russian mob while Felix Sater was both cooperating with the FBI and working with Donald Trump. This unreported aspect of McCabe’s career gives him firsthand knowledge of potential ties between the president, his business, and organized crime — and highlights how much we do not know about this story.
Reading Time: 3 minutes WhoWhatWhy offers its unique perspective on why Trump took the rash step of firing FBI Director James Comey — based on knowledge gained in producing two major exclusive investigations.
Reading Time: 6 minutes A pro-Europe centrist is the overwhelming favorite to win the French presidency despite populist rage and voter alienation.
Reading Time: 7 minutes President Donald Trump reportedly might reconsider his opposition to TTIP. We investigated how a trade deal with Europe could harm the health of Americans.
Reading Time: 5 minutes #deleteUber was briefly the most popular hashtag on Twitter. Democrats built a “Boycott Trump” app. Could consumer boycotts, rather than traditional legislative efforts long dominated by powerful lobbying groups, allow the people to make their voices heard?
Reading Time: 6 minutes Another terrorist attack in Paris has sent shockwaves through France. With the country’s elections just days away and its far-right on the rise, could the attack set the table for “Frexit?”
Reading Time: 5 minutes While protests and complaints of fraud are unlikely to overturn Erdogan’s narrow referendum majority, his victory may turn out to be a Pyrrhic one. Keeping the economy afloat and ensuring stability in a deeply divided country pose huge challenges to the Turkish president — and to NATO and the US.
Reading Time: 7 minutes Readers of our major article on Donald Trump, Russia, and the mob expressed plenty of interest in Trump’s associate Felix Sater, so here’s more on him and his early activities.
Reading Time: 3 minutes Thanks in part to WhoWhatWhy’s own reporting, there is a renewed focus on the relationship between Team Trump and Russia. In light of many unanswered questions, this scrutiny is well deserved.
Reading Time: 4 minutes Witnesses tell Senators that Russian disinformation intensified before the 2016 election, and has advanced Putin’s international agenda.
Reading Time: 26 minutes The FBI cannot tell us what we need to know about Trump’s contacts with Russia. Why? Because doing so would jeopardize a long-running, ultra-sensitive operation targeting mobsters tied to Putin — and to Trump. But the Feds’ stonewalling risks something far more dangerous: Failing to resolve a crisis of trust in America’s president. WhoWhatWhy provides the details of a two-month investigation in this 6,500-word exposé.
Reading Time: 5 minutes Regardless of who wins the Dutch elections on Wednesday, immigrants will likely suffer, and a “Nexit” referendum vote (the Dutch equivalent of Brexit) could be on the table.