Russia Investigation

AP FACT CHECK: Trump claims an exoneration he wasn’t given

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump heard words from a judge that the judge didn’t speak, as the president reached to denounce the Russia investigation as a hoax and celebrate an exoneration he wasn’t given. Democrats persisted in assailing the Trump administration for putting migrant children in the same type of holding facilities used when Barack … Continue reading AP FACT CHECK: Trump claims an exoneration he wasn’t given

WASHINGTON | AP source: FBI had backup plan to save Russia probe evidence

WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI developed a backup plan to protect evidence in its Russia investigation soon after the firing of FBI Director James Comey in the event that other senior officials were dismissed as well, according to a person with knowledge of the discussions. The plan was crafted in the chaotic days after Comey … Continue reading WASHINGTON | AP source: FBI had backup plan to save Russia probe evidence

WASHINGTON | White House spokeswoman confirms special counsel interview

WASHINGTON (AP)  — White House press secretary Sarah Sanders has been interviewed as part of special counsel Robert Mueller‘s Russia investigation. Sanders says in a statement released Friday that she was “happy to voluntarily” sit for the interview. It was unclear when Sanders was interviewed but she says her boss, President Donald Trump, urged her … Continue reading WASHINGTON | White House spokeswoman confirms special counsel interview

WASHINGTON | Whitaker: I have ‘not interfered’ with Mueller investigation

WASHINGTON (AP) — Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker said on Friday that he has “not interfered in any way” in the special counsel’s Russia investigation as he faced a contentious and partisan congressional hearing in his waning days on the job. The hearing before the House Judiciary Committee was the first, and likely only, chance … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Whitaker: I have ‘not interfered’ with Mueller investigation

WASHINGTON | Stone says he should be free to speak in Russia probe case

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawyers for longtime Donald Trump confidant Roger Stone say a federal judge shouldn’t bar Stone from making public statements about his criminal case in the Russia investigation. Stone’s attorneys argued that in court papers filed Friday. U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson is considering issuing a gag order in Stone’s case to … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Stone says he should be free to speak in Russia probe case

WASHINGTON | After day of drama, Whitaker prepares to face Congress

WASHINGTON (AP) — Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker is testifying before Congress for the first time Friday, with Democrats eager to press him on his interactions with President Donald Trump and his oversight of the special counsel’s Russia investigation. Whitaker’s highly anticipated testimony was in limbo for much of the day Thursday after the Democratic-led … Continue reading WASHINGTON | After day of drama, Whitaker prepares to face Congress

WASHINGTON | In Trump ally Stone’s case, Mueller finds crime in cover-up

WASHINGTON—Jan 26, 2019— Donald Trump confidant Roger Stone may be accused of lying and tampering with witnesses, but it’s equally notable what he’s not charged with: colluding with the Kremlin in a grand conspiracy to help Trump win the presidency in 2016. The case is the latest in a series brought by special counsel Robert … Continue reading WASHINGTON | In Trump ally Stone’s case, Mueller finds crime in cover-up

WASHINGTON | Supreme Court releases censored appeal by foreign government

WASHINGTON —January 22, 2019— An unidentified foreign government is asking the Supreme Court to get involved in a case that may be part of special counsel Robert Mueller‘s Russia investigation. The justices on Tuesday granted the government’s request to file a censored version of an appeal to the high court in which the country is … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Supreme Court releases censored appeal by foreign government

WASHINGTON | The Latest: Giuliani aims to clarify collusion comments

WASHINGTON  —Jan 17, 2019— The Latest on the special counsel’s Russia investigation (all times local): 11:30 a.m. President Donald Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani (joo-lee-AH’-nee) has issued a new statement aimed at clarifying earlier comments that appeared to leave open the possibility of collusion between members of Trump’s 2016 campaign and Russia. Giuliani says he represents … Continue reading WASHINGTON | The Latest: Giuliani aims to clarify collusion comments

WASHINGTON | The Latest: Barr prepares for Senate confirmation hearing

WASHINGTON — January 14, 2019—  The Latest on President Donald Trump‘s nominee for attorney general (all times local): 3:55 p.m. President Donald Trump’s nominee for attorney general will tell senators “it is vitally important” that special counsel Robert Mueller be allowed to complete his Russia investigation. William Barr also says he believes Congress and the public … Continue reading WASHINGTON | The Latest: Barr prepares for Senate confirmation hearing

WASHINGTON | AG nominee sent memo on Mueller probe to Trump’s lawyers

WASHINGTON —Jan 14, 2019—  President Donald Trump’s pick for attorney general sent White House lawyers a memo arguing that the president could not have obstructed justice by firing ex-FBI Director James Comey, describing a critical prong of the special counsel’s Russia investigation as “fatally misconceived,” a person familiar with the matter told The Associated Press … Continue reading WASHINGTON | AG nominee sent memo on Mueller probe to Trump’s lawyers

WASHINGTON | Trump’s AG nominee: ‘Vitally important’ Mueller finish work

WASHINGTON— Jan 14, 2019—President Donald Trump‘s nominee for attorney general will tell senators at his confirmation hearing “it is vitally important” that special counsel Robert Mueller be allowed to complete his Russia investigation, according to prepared remarks obtained by The Associated Press on Monday. “I believe it is in the best interest of everyone — … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Trump’s AG nominee: ‘Vitally important’ Mueller finish work

WASHINGTON | The Latest: 3 Democrats warn Trump on Cohen testimony

WASHINGTON—Jan 13, 2019—The Latest on President Donald Trump and the Russia investigation (all times local): 2:10 p.m. Three Democrats who head influential House committees are warning President Donald Trump not to obstruct their efforts to question his former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen. Their statement follows Trump’s comments in a Fox News Channel interview in which … Continue reading WASHINGTON | The Latest: 3 Democrats warn Trump on Cohen testimony

WASHINGTON | The Latest: Senator disputes Trump’s claim on Russia policy

WASHINGTON — Jan 13, 2019—The Latest on President Donald Trump and the Russia investigation (all times local): 10:25 a.m. The top Democrat on the Senate intelligence committee has disputed President Donald Trump’s claim that he’s been tougher on Russia than any recent president. Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia says almost all of the sanctions on … Continue reading WASHINGTON | The Latest: Senator disputes Trump’s claim on Russia policy

WASHINGTON | Graham says Barr expressed confidence in special counsel

WASHINGTON —January 09, 2019—  The new chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee said attorney general nominee William Barr has confidence in special counsel Robert Mueller and will let him complete his Russia investigation. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said after meeting with Barr, who led the Justice Department under President George H.W. Bush, that Barr has … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Graham says Barr expressed confidence in special counsel

WASHINGTON | Senators renew attempt to protect special counsel Mueller

WASHINGTON— January 07, 2019— Republicans and Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee are renewing their attempt to protect special counsel Robert Mueller’s job, sending a signal to President Donald Trump as he keeps up his criticism of Mueller’s Russia investigation. The legislation, sponsored by incoming Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and three other members, … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Senators renew attempt to protect special counsel Mueller

WASHINGTON | Impeachment talk flares after Democrats take power in House

WASHINGTON— Jan 04, 2019—House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had only been in office for a few hours when a handful of Democrats defied her persistent calls not to begin the new Congress by talking about impeachment. Just after Pelosi was sworn in Thursday, longtime Democratic Reps. Brad Sherman of California and Al Green of Texas introduced … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Impeachment talk flares after Democrats take power in House

WASHINGTON | House GOP quietly ends probe into FBI’s 2016 decisions

WASHINGTON — House Republicans say more investigation is needed into decisions made by the FBI and the Justice Department in 2016. This, as they brought an unceremonious end to a yearlong look at the department’s handling of probes into Hillary Clinton‘s emails and Donald Trump’s ties to Russia. In a letter released Friday evening, the … Continue reading WASHINGTON | House GOP quietly ends probe into FBI’s 2016 decisions

WASHINGTON | AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s ‘record’ poverty drop, Flynn’s lies

WASHINGTON— President Donald Trump is spreading misinformation about U.S. economic growth, the Russia investigation and the Islamic State group in Syria. He and his advisers are declaring a “record” drop in U.S. poverty last year where none exists, and “very strong” capital spending next year due to Trump administration tax cuts. In fact, capital spending … Continue reading WASHINGTON | AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s ‘record’ poverty drop, Flynn’s lies

WASHINGTON | In memo, Trump’s AG pick criticized aspect of Mueller probe

WASHINGTON— President Donald Trump’s pick for attorney general, William Barr, criticized an aspect of the special counsel’s Russia investigation in an unsolicited memo he sent to the Justice Department. The document was sent in June and expresses concern with special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into whether Trump obstructed justice, which Trump denies. It could factor … Continue reading WASHINGTON | In memo, Trump’s AG pick criticized aspect of Mueller probe

WASHINGTON | Judge’s rebuke of Flynn upends sentencing, prolongs case

WASHINGTON — A federal judge who described himself as disgusted by Michael Flynn’s behavior upended a straightforward sentencing hearing, postponing punishment for President Donald Trump’s first national security adviser and telling him in a rebuke, “Arguably you sold your country out.” Lawyers for Flynn requested the delay Tuesday after a tongue-lashing from U.S. District Judge … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Judge’s rebuke of Flynn upends sentencing, prolongs case

WASHINGTON | Flynn’s sentencing postponed: 4 takeaways

WASHINGTON— The unexpected delay in Michael Flynn’s sentencing raised a new wrinkle in the Russia probe. The former national security adviser, who pleaded guilty to lying the FBI about his contacts with Russia’s ambassador, had expected to face no jail time after prosecutors vouched for him, saying he had provided substantial assistance in their investigation. … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Flynn’s sentencing postponed: 4 takeaways

WASHINGTON | The Latest: Flynn tells judge he knew lying to FBI was crime

WASHINGTON  — The Latest on former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn and the Russia investigation (all times local): 12:15 p.m. A federal judge has declared a recess until 12:30 p.m. at the sentencing hearing for former national security adviser Michael Flynn. U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan said Tuesday that he “can’t hide my disgust, … Continue reading WASHINGTON | The Latest: Flynn tells judge he knew lying to FBI was crime

WASHINGTON | Russia probe cost surpasses $25 million since May 2017

WASHINGTON  — The Russia investigation has cost more than $25 million since special counsel Robert Mueller’s appointment, according to a new Justice Department report released Friday. The report is the third compiled by the Justice Department to detail Mueller’s expenditures as he investigates Russian election interference and any coordination with associates of President Donald Trump. … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Russia probe cost surpasses $25 million since May 2017

WASHINGTON | AP FACT CHECK: Trump falsely claims Flynn didn’t lie to FBI

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is skimming over the facts when it comes to former national security adviser Michael Flynn’s guilty plea for lying in the Russia investigation. In remarks Thursday at a meeting with governors-elect, Trump suggests the FBI never accused Flynn of lying in its probe into whether the Trump campaign coordinated with … Continue reading WASHINGTON | AP FACT CHECK: Trump falsely claims Flynn didn’t lie to FBI

WASHINGTON | Lawyers for Michael Flynn to make sentencing recommendation

WASHINGTON — Lawyers for former Trump administration national security adviser Michael Flynn are expected to make a sentencing recommendation Tuesday to the judge. It’ll come a week after the special counsel’s office said Flynn has been so cooperative in the Russia investigation that he doesn’t need to serve any prison time. Flynn’s attorneys are expected … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Lawyers for Michael Flynn to make sentencing recommendation

WASHINGTON | AP FACT CHECK: Prosecutors’ filings do not exonerate Trump

WASHINGTON— President Donald Trump is in denial when it comes to the Russia investigation and other scandals besieging him. The president insists he’s been fully vindicated by court filings released Friday that lay out the level of cooperation from two of his former top advisers, whom prosecutors have accused of lying to federal investigators or … Continue reading WASHINGTON | AP FACT CHECK: Prosecutors’ filings do not exonerate Trump

WASHINGTON | Comey: Russia investigation initially looked at 4 Americans

WASHINGTON — The FBI’s counterintelligence investigation into potential ties between the Trump campaign and Russia initially focused on four Americans and whether they were connected to Russian efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election, former FBI Director James Comey told lawmakers during hours of closed-door questioning. Comey did not identify the Americans but said … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Comey: Russia investigation initially looked at 4 Americans

WASHINGTON | Trump Justice pick likely to be queried on Mueller comments

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Friday picked former Attorney General William Barr to once again serve as America’s top law enforcement official. But while his experience and mainstream background may boost his prospects for confirmation, Democrats are raising alarms about his comments on the Russia investigation and Hillary Clinton. Barr has expressed concerns about … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Trump Justice pick likely to be queried on Mueller comments