Russia Probe

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 | FBI agent clashes with GOP at hearing on Russia probe

WASHINGTON — An embattled FBI agent whose anti-Trump text messages exposed the Justice Department to claims of institutional bias vigorously defended himself Thursday at an extraordinary congressional hearing that devolved into shouting matches, finger-pointing and veiled references to personal transgressions. Peter Strzok testified publicly for the first time since being removed from special counsel Robert … Continue reading WASHINGTON | FBI agent clashes with GOP at hearing on Russia probe

WASHINGTON | Giuliani says Trump could issue pardons after Russia probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani said Sunday the president might pardon his jailed, onetime campaign chairman and others ensnared in the Russia investigation once special counsel Robert Mueller’s work wraps up, if he believed they were treated “unfairly.” Until then, consideration of clemency is unnecessary, Giuliani said, as the White House presses … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Giuliani says Trump could issue pardons after Russia probe

WASHINGTON | New charges filed against Manafort in Russia probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — Special counsel Robert Mueller has brought new obstruction charges against President Donald Trump’s campaign chairman and a longtime associate who prosecutors have said has ties to Russian intelligence. The indictment was unsealed Friday against Paul Manafort and Konstantin Kilimnik just days after prosecutors accused the two men of attempting to tamper with … Continue reading WASHINGTON | New charges filed against Manafort in Russia probe

WASHINGTON  | The Latest: Trump asserts ‘absolute right to PARDON’ himself

WASHINGTON  — The Latest on whether President Donald Trump could pardon himself in the Russia probe (all times local): 8:50 a.m. President Donald Trump says he has “absolute right to PARDON myself” but says has “done nothing wrong” in the Russia probe. In a tweet Monday, Trump weighed in on the question of whether he … Continue reading WASHINGTON  | The Latest: Trump asserts ‘absolute right to PARDON’ himself

WASHINGTON  | Trump lawyer plays down chance president would self-pardon

WASHINGTON  — As the White House sharpened its legal and political defenses against the special counsel Russia probe, an attorney for President Donald Trump’s legal team made it clear that it would combat any effort to force the president to testify in front of a grand jury. Rudy Giuliani on Sunday underscored one of the … Continue reading WASHINGTON  | Trump lawyer plays down chance president would self-pardon

WASHINGTON | Trump blasts Mueller’s spending on Russia probe

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is reacting to a report on special counsel Robert Mueller’s spending, slightly overstating the figure for the Russia probe he has dismissed as a ‘witch hunt.’ Trump tweets Friday: “A.P. has just reported that the Russian Hoax Investigation has now cost our government over $17 million, and going up fast.” … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Trump blasts Mueller’s spending on Russia probe

WASHINGTON  | Congressional leaders get briefings on Russia probe

WASHINGTON  —Republican and Democratic lawmakers have gotten classified briefings about the origins of the FBI investigation into Russia’s meddling in the 2016 presidential election, a highly unusual series of meetings prompted by partisan allegations that the bureau spied on Donald Trump’s campaign. Democrats emerged from the meetings saying they saw no evidence to support Republican … Continue reading WASHINGTON  | Congressional leaders get briefings on Russia probe