Is a paragraph is missing in this NYT piece?
Usually, an NYT leak piece starts with "$thing happpened, according to people familiar with it who asked not to be named for $reasons". Not so here.
In para #4, it goes "[more stuff], the people said... [even more stuff], the people said". What people? The other "people" uses are #16, "... according to the people familiar with the inquiry," and
#21, "according to people familiar with their thinking."