2016 election

WASHINGTON | AP FACT CHECK: Giuliani’s diversion tactic on ‘collusion’

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump denies any “collusion” with the Russians, while his lawyer Rudy Giuliani says it’s not even a crime. Case closed? Not exactly. Giuliani is right that the term “collusion” isn’t a precise one when it comes to U.S. law. But that doesn’t change the potential legal fallout stemming from the Russia … Continue reading WASHINGTON | AP FACT CHECK: Giuliani’s diversion tactic on ‘collusion’

WASHINGTON  | Proposed Trump-Putin meeting at White House is put off

WASHINGTON  — That White House summit President Donald Trump proposed with Russian President Vladimir Putin isn’t going to happen anytime soon. National security adviser John Bolton points to special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election as the reason for the delay. Bolton referred to the investigation as a “witch hunt,” … Continue reading WASHINGTON  | Proposed Trump-Putin meeting at White House is put off

ASPEN, Colo.  | Rosenstein defends charging Russians as a deterrent

ASPEN, Colo.  — The top law enforcement official overseeing the probe of Russian meddling in the 2016 election is defending the prosecution of foreign agents who may never see the inside of a U.S. courtroom. Speaking Thursday at the Aspen Security Forum in Colorado, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein also said the Justice Department will … Continue reading ASPEN, Colo.  | Rosenstein defends charging Russians as a deterrent

ASPEN, Colo. | US intelligence chief is harsh on Russia, at odds with Trump

ASPEN, Colo. — National Intelligence Director Dan Coats‘ drumbeat of criticism against Russia is clashing loudly with President Donald Trump’s pro-Kremlin remarks, leaving the soft-spoken spy chief in an uncomfortable — and perhaps perilous — place in the administration. Trump’s remarks after Wednesday’s Cabinet meeting, where he appeared to deny the longtime U.S. foe was … Continue reading ASPEN, Colo. | US intelligence chief is harsh on Russia, at odds with Trump

WASHINGTON  | AP FACT CHECK: Trump almost alone in view of Russia meddling

WASHINGTON  — President Donald Trump said he sees no reason why Russia would have interfered in the 2016 election. Minutes earlier, on the same platform, Russian President Vladimir Putin offered a reason, even while denying Moscow ever meddled: He wanted Trump to win. A sampling of their statements Monday: TRUMP on his intelligence officials: “They … Continue reading WASHINGTON  | AP FACT CHECK: Trump almost alone in view of Russia meddling

HELSINKI  | The Latest: Trump says Putin meeting will go ‘fine’

HELSINKI  — The Latest on President Donald Trump‘s summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin (all times local): 10:15 a.m. President Donald Trump says his upcoming meeting with Russia’s Vladimir Putin will go “fine.” Trump made the brief prediction Monday at a breakfast at Finland’s presidential residence in Helsinki. He was meeting with Finland’s President Sauli … Continue reading HELSINKI  | The Latest: Trump says Putin meeting will go ‘fine’

WASHINGTON  | Partisan divide on full display in hearing on Russia probe

WASHINGTON  — The long-awaited questioning of the FBI agent at the heart of the 2016 election probe was always expected to be one for the history books. But Congress outdid itself. After 10 hours of finger-pointing, F-bomb reading and in-your-face testimony between special agent Peter Strzok and a joint panel of 70 lawmakers, the partisan … Continue reading WASHINGTON  | Partisan divide on full display in hearing on Russia probe

WASHINGTON  | AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s tax ‘miracle,’ immigration flip-flops

WASHINGTON  — Boasting about his tax cuts, President Donald Trump inflated his role in boosting the economy to mythical proportions, claiming full credit for U.S. growth that was already in the making and ignoring the reality of a mounting deficit.  On immigration, he and administration officials repeatedly spread questionable alarms by linking weak border enforcement … Continue reading WASHINGTON  | AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s tax ‘miracle,’ immigration flip-flops