The Biggest Stories in American Politics This Week

The president’s advisers have concluded that a corruption investigation in New York presents a more imminent threat than the special counsel’s inquiry.

Michael D. Cohen, President Trump’s personal lawyer, outside the Capitol in September.

Federal agents raided the office and hotel room of President Trump’s longtime personal lawyer, Michael D. Cohen, on Monday. They seized business records, emails and material from Mr. Cohen’s cellphones, tablet, laptop and safe deposit box, and looked for details about Mr. Cohen’s efforts to suppress negative information about Mr. Trump during the campaign.

Prosecutors demanded information from a wide breadth of records, including documents related to the “Access Hollywood” tape, in which Mr. Trump made vulgar comments about women, and materials related to secret agreements Mr. Cohen made with women who claimed to have had affairs with Mr. Trump.

The president’s advisers have concluded that the wide-ranging corruption investigation in New York poses a greater and more imminent threat to the president than even the special counsel’s investigation, according to several people close to Mr. Trump.

The deputy attorney general, Rod J. Rosenstein, personally approved the warrant, which was obtained after a recommendation from the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III. On Friday, Mr. Cohen asked a federal judge in Manhattan to block the Justice Department from reading documents related to his decade-long legal representation of Mr. Trump.

Nearly a week after a deadly suspected chemical attack, the United States and its allies launched airstrikes on Syria.

Nearly a week after a suspected chemical attack in Syria, the United States and its allies delivered a volley airstrikes on Friday night.

“These are not the actions of a man,” Mr. Trump said of last weekend’s attack in a televised address from the White House Diplomatic Room. “They are crimes of a monster instead.”

The strikes risked pulling the United States deeper into the complex, multisided war in Syria from which Mr. Trump only last week said he wanted to withdraw. They also raised the possibility of confrontation with Russia and Iran, both of which have military forces in Syria to support Syria’s leader, Bashar al-Assad.

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Excerpts from James B. Comey’s memoir, which describes Mr. Trump as “untethered to truth,” were released. The president hit back.

Copies of a memoir by James B. Comey, the former F.B.I. director, were obtained by The New York Times and other news organizations on Thursday, less than a week before it was scheduled to be released. The 304-page book is the only firsthand, insider account of the…

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