Russia Investigation

WASHINGTON | The Latest: Trump calls Whitaker ‘very highly respected man’

WASHINGTON— The Latest on special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation and changes at the Department of Justice (all times local): 9:50 a.m. President Donald Trump is calling acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker “a very highly respected man” as he faces criticism about his appointment to replace Jeff Sessions. Trump said Friday “I don’t know Matt … Continue reading WASHINGTON | The Latest: Trump calls Whitaker ‘very highly respected man’

WASHINGTON | Trump on new acting AG: “I don’t know Matt Whitaker”

WASHINGTON— President Donald Trump is moving to distance himself from Matthew Whitaker as he faces criticism over his choice for acting attorney general. Trump told reporters Friday “I don’t know Matt Whitaker” and said he didn’t speak with Whitaker about special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation. Whitaker has made public comments critical of Mueller’s investigation, … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Trump on new acting AG: “I don’t know Matt Whitaker”

WASHINGTON | Appeals court hears argument that Mueller probe is invalid

WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court heard arguments Thursday about whether special counsel Robert Mueller’s appointment to lead the Russia investigation was constitutional. The case was brought by Andrew Miller, a former aide to longtime Trump confidant Roger Stone, because he doesn’t want to testify before a grand jury as part of the investigation into … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Appeals court hears argument that Mueller probe is invalid

WASHINGTON | Acting AG Whitaker has thoughts on Mueller’s Russia probe

WASHINGTON  — Matthew Whitaker has warned that Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation risks “going too far” and supported limits on the prosecutor’s power. President Donald Trump couldn’t agree more. So the loyalty-loving Trump on Wednesday dumped Jeff Sessions from the helm of the Justice Department and replaced him, for now, with the onetime college football player … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Acting AG Whitaker has thoughts on Mueller’s Russia probe

10 Things to Know for Today

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 13 DEAD AT CALIFORNIA COUNTRY DANCE BAR The dead include a sheriff’s sergeant and the gunman after a shooting inside the crowded Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks on “college night.” FATE OF RUSSIA PROBE IN QUESTION … Continue reading 10 Things to Know for Today

WASHINGTON | Russia probe revival expected if Dems win House

WASHINGTON— House Democrats are expected to re-open the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election if they win the majority in November. But they would have to be selective in what they investigate. California Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House intelligence panel, has said his party would have to “ruthlessly prioritize … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Russia probe revival expected if Dems win House

WASHINGTON | AP FACT CHECK: Trump inflates jobs impact of Saudi arms deal

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump inflated the projected benefits of an arms deal with the Saudis as he defended his wait-and-see attitude about Saudi complicity in the disappearance of a journalist whose apparent murder has sparked world outrage. On immigration enforcement, the president made the unsubstantiated claim that migrants are being paid to mass at … Continue reading WASHINGTON | AP FACT CHECK: Trump inflates jobs impact of Saudi arms deal

WASHINGTON | Trump’s Russia attorney shifts to become White House counsel

WASHINGTON— The White House says the attorney representing President Donald Trump in the Russia investigation is shifting roles and taking on duties as counsel to the president. Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders says Thursday that Emmet Flood will temporarily serve as White House counsel. That’s until another attorney, Pat Cipollone, officially comes on board in … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Trump’s Russia attorney shifts to become White House counsel