Court: House entitled to Mueller probe grand jury testimony

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department must give Congress secret grand jury testimony from special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday, giving the House a significant win in a separation-of-powers clash with the Trump administration. The three-judge panel said in a 2-1 opinion that the House Judiciary Committee’s need for […]

Court: House entitled to Mueller probe grand jury testimony

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department must give Congress secret grand jury testimony from special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday, giving the House a significant win in a separation-of-powers clash with the Trump administration. The three-judge panel said in a 2-1 opinion that the House Judiciary Committee’s need for […]

2-year lobbying effort pays off in freedom for Blagojevich

CHICAGO (AP) — When Patti Blagojevich made repeated public pleas for her husband’s release from federal prison, there was no mistaking her intended audience: President Donald Trump. For nearly two years, the wife of disgraced former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich made Trump’s own travails, including special counsel Robert Mueller’s long Russia investigation and Trump’s impeachment, […]

President Trump goes on clemency spree, and the list is long

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump went on a clemency blitz Tuesday, commuting former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s 14-year prison sentence and pardoning former New York City police commissioner Bernie Kerik, among a long list of others. Those who got a break from Trump include financier Michael Milken, the “junk bond king” who served two […]

As trial nears, Trump keeps discredited Ukraine theory alive

The theory took root in vague form well before Donald Trump laid claim to the White House in 2016. The candidate’s close confidant tweeted about it. His campaign chairman apparently spoke about it with people close to him. What if, the idea went, it was actually Ukraine — and not Russia — that was interfering […]

Manafort’s NY fraud case tossed over double jeopardy concern

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York judge threw out state mortgage fraud charges against Paul Manafort, ruling Wednesday that the criminal case was too similar to one that has already landed President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman in federal prison. The ruling was a blow to what had widely been seen as an attempt […]

AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s distorted letter to Dems and history

WASHINGTON (AP) — The closing passage inPresident Donald Trump’s impeachment-eve letterto House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had the ring of truth to it. He was writing his thoughts for history, he said. For 100 years from now, “when people look back at this affair.” He is right that this letter passes firmly into history, as indelible […]

Takeaways from 1st day of House public impeachment hearings

WASHINGTON (AP) — Wednesday’s start of public impeachment hearings in Congress marked the first time that the American public could watch and listen to the witnesses whose testimony is at the core of the Democrats’ investigation. In several hours of testimony, punctuated by occasional bickering among lawmakers, some memorable moments emerged. Some key takeaways from […]

Stone trial testimony ends with talk of outreach to Kushner

WASHINGTON (AP) — Testimony in the colorful trial of Roger Stone — featuring talk of dognapping and Godfather references — wrapped up Tuesday with a top Trump campaign official telling jurors that Stone tried to contact Jared Kushner to “debrief” him about hacked emails damaging to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. While Stone’s trial in Washington […]

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