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The Latest: FBI pick says Russia probe not a "witch hunt"
President Trump's choice to lead the FBI says he does not believe a special counsel investigation into possible coordination between Russia and the Trump election campaign is a "witch hunt."
Trump FBI pick Christopher Wray testifies no one asked him for 'loyalty oath'
Faced with questions about Russian election interference and the possibility of collusion with the Trump campaign, President Trump's nominee for FBI director today stood firm in his belief in the agency’s independence, pushing back against any suggestion that he’d interfere with the Justice
The Note: Trump dumps Paris accord and the world dumps on him
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW TODAY President Trump ’s taking his travel ban all the way to the Supreme Court . Trump decides to go it alone, announcing Thursday he’s pulling the United States out of the Paris climate agreement (which won’t happen overnight, but in 2020 a day after the next election Must
Democratic Senators asked FBI to investigate Jeff Sessions for perjury
Two Democratic senators revealed that they asked former FBI Director James Comey to investigate Attorney General Jeff Sessions for perjury stemming from his confirmation hearing testimony. Sens. Patrick Leahy , D-Vermont, and Al Franken , D-Minnesota, issued a joint statement today alleging that
US ignores evidence of atrocities by blacklisted Iraqi military unit
The U.S. military continues to work with a blacklisted Iraqi special forces unit despite overwhelming evidence that its officers have engaged in human rights abuses for at least two years. In hours of footage captured by Iraqi photojournalist Ali Arkady, licensed by ABC News and broadcast on World
Reactions to FBI Director James Comey's firing are mixed
Following President Donald Trump 's firing Tuesday of FBI Director James Comey, a number of political figures spoke out, with reactions spanning the spectrum, from approval to suspicion. Here are the major reactions and questions raised by figures from both sides of the aisle. Democrats ask: Is
Senate Democrats have enough support to filibuster Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch
Senate Democrats now have enough support to filibuster a final vote on President Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch, and the move likely puts Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in a position to invoke the so-called nuclear option. This option would change Senate rules to allow a simple
Supreme Court nominee seeks distance from Trump administration, says attacks on federal judges 'disheartening'
Judge Neil Gorsuch sought to distance himself from the Trump administration and slam the president for his attacks against federal judges during his testimony before members of Congress on Tuesday, his second day of a Supreme Court confirmation hearing. Gorsuch said he was offended by language used
ACLU files complaint against Jeff Sessions over Russia testimony
The American Civil Liberties Union on Wednesday filed an ethics complaint with the Alabama State Bar against U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions for testimony he made about Russian officials during his confirmation hearing. “Mr. Sessions made false statements during sworn testimony on January 10,
Senate judiciary chairman won't have Sessions clarify Russia statements
Senate Judiciary Chairman Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, rejected a plea from Democrats to haul Attorney General Jeff Sessions before the committee again -- which held his confirmation hearing -- after it was revealed that he had contacts with a Russian official during the 2016 campaign. Grassley