The Sunday Read: 'Beauty of the Beasts'

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After months of investigation by a congressional committee, a federal judge has found that President Donald J. Trump and his allies most likely engaged in illegal activity in the wake of the 2020 election.

How did the committee achieve that ruling?

Luke Broadwater, a congressional reporter for The New York Times.

Donald J. Trump at a rally in Georgia on Saturday.
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  • The judge’s comments in the civil case of a lawyer, John Eastman, who advised Mr. Trump, marked a significant breakthrough for the House committee.

  • The ruling does not necessarily mean that a prosecution would arrive at the same conclusion. Here’s an explanation.

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Luke Broadwater contributed reporting.

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