California top cop Becerra won't quit 'essential' war on Trump

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SAN FRANCISCO -- California, with its track record as the most litigious state against President Donald Trump's agenda, still has plenty of momentum, according to its attorney general, who is digging in on everything from climate change to immigration.

Xavier Becerra has compiled an 18-3 case record in lawsuits challenging Trump, with dozens ...Read more

Trump feared 'one of these independent counsels': He got something else

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WASHINGTON -- Jeff Sessions, then the attorney general, ended a phone call and returned to the Oval Office. It wasn't long before President Donald Trump was in an angry rage.

The AG, since unceremoniously fired, had just taken a phone call from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who informed Sessions he had appointed former FBI Director ...Read more

Trump Tower Moscow sought funds from ex-con's sanctioned lender

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As the Trump Organization pursued a licensing deal for the planned Trump Tower Moscow, former Donald Trump associate Felix Sater pushed in December 2015 to organize a visit to Russia to advance the project.

Sater told Trump's then-lawyer Michael Cohen he had the ear of Russia's second-biggest bank, state-owned VTB Group, to discuss financing ...Read more

'House should initiate impeachment proceedings' against Trump, Warren says

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WASHINGTON -- The day after the release of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's report, reaction from 2020 Democrats -- as well as one leading Republican -- intensified.

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Friday called for the House to begin impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump, while Utah Sen. Mitt Romney said he was "...Read more

Trump's post-Mueller euphoria gives way to anger and recrimination

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WASHINGTON -- On the White House's South Lawn on Thursday, a mob of reporters waited to question Donald Trump about special counsel Robert Mueller's report before the president left for a long weekend in Florida.

He emerged from the White House holding his wife's hand. But instead of his customary stop to take a few questions from reporters, he...Read more

Rep. Rashida Tlaib renews calls for impeachment, but Democratic leadership hesitates

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WASHINGTON -- Rep. Rashida Tlaib renewed her calls to impeach President Donald Trump on Thursday in light of new revelations about the president's potentially criminal efforts to impede the special counsel's investigation into his campaign.

"It's not only up to Congress to hold Trump accountable, it's our job to do so," the first-term Michigan ...Read more

Atheist prayers can be barred by House chaplain, appeals court says

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WASHINGTON -- The House chaplain scored a legal victory on Good Friday, when a federal appeals court ruled he could not be ordered to allow a self-described atheist to offer a secular prayer to the House of Representatives.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit sided with Father Patrick J. Conroy, in his official capacity as the House ...Read more

Nadler subpoenas fully unredacted Mueller report

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WASHINGTON -- House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler, issued a subpoena Friday demanding Attorney General William Barr release a full, underacted version of the report authored by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III.

"My committee needs and is entitled to the full version of the report and the underlying evidence with past practice. The ...Read more

Trump returns to his attacks on Mueller report

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump on Friday broke his uncharacteristic silence about special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's report, calling it "crazy" just 25 days after dubbing it "great."

In a tweet from rainy Palm Beach, Fla., where he is spending a long Easter weekend at his Mar-a-Lago resort and nearby golf club, the commander in chief...Read more

Commentary: Portrait of an untrustworthy presidency

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President Donald Trump was worried about the wrong thing.

Among the more colorful revelations of the Mueller report was Trump's reaction to hearing that a special counsel had been appointed to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 election and matters arising from it.

"Oh my God. This is terrible. This is the end of my presidency," he ...Read more

Independent report finds Trump's new NAFTA would hit auto sector

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An independent government report on President Donald Trump's new North American trade deal estimates it will lead to higher car prices for U.S. consumers and a decline in auto sales even as it has a modest positive impact on the broader economy, undercutting one of the White House's key sales pitches for the agreement.

In its assessment of the ...Read more

Inside the Trump campaign's frenzied search for Clinton's emails

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NEW YORK -- Donald Trump repeatedly requested his presidential campaign to unearth Hillary Clinton's 30,000 missing emails, setting in motion a frenzied search that was detailed in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report.

The effort led to discussions about working with foreign intelligence agencies, hackers and the dark web, according to the ...Read more

Mueller decided not to subpoena Trump to avoid a lengthy court fight

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WASHINGTON -- In the end, special counsel Robert S. Mueller III never forced President Donald Trump to testify under oath even though he considered Trump's written answers to prosecutors' questions "inadequate."

Instead of following predecessors who compelled evidence from President Richard M. Nixon during Watergate, and President Bill Clinton ...Read more

Nikolas Cruz's lawyers ask judge to allow 'informal' interviews with mental health clinic staff

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MIAMI -- Employees at Henderson Behavioral Health treated Nikolas Cruz for nearly a decade before he shot and killed 17 people at Parkland's Marjory Stoneman Douglas High.

His lawyers want a judge to allow them to interview clinic employees "informally" -- without prosecutors present.

The defense team made the case Thursday at a hearing for ...Read more

Mueller report shows Trump aides routinely ignored his orders on crucial matters

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WASHINGTON -- Presidential orders given but often ignored. Ample cursing. Aides working behind the scenes to protect Donald Trump from his own anger and impulsiveness. And an effort to prevent the president from firing Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III despite his determination to do so.

Mueller's long-anticipated report reveals a chaotic ...Read more

Sanders admitted her Comey claim was a falsehood, Mueller report says

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WASHINGTON -- White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told investigators it was a "slip of the tongue" when she falsely said in 2017 that countless members of the FBI had lost confidence in James Comey, according to Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report.

Sanders made the comments May 10, 2017, the day after President Donald Trump ...Read more

'No recollection': What Trump said in his written answers to Mueller

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump escaped a subpoena forcing him to testify -- despite offering only written answers that the special counsel determined to be "inadequate" -- because Robert Mueller's office was wary of the "substantial delay" a legal battle would cause.

Mueller's decision to forgo a court fight to compel the president's ...Read more

'Bernie or Bust' voters create predicament for Democrats in 2020

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WASHINGTON -- The fierce loyalty Bernie Sanders inspires in his supporters is creating a dilemma for the Democratic Party.

For a sliver of Sanders' base, it's Bernie or bust. They may detest President Donald Trump, but they didn't vote for Hillary Clinton and they're not sure they'll back the Democratic nominee in 2020 if Sanders isn't on the ...Read more

No letup in congressional fundraising after 'green wave' election

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WASHINGTON -- The race for the White House is already dominating headlines, but new campaign finance disclosures show donors in both parties are also opening their wallets to renew the fight to control the House in 2020.

Presidential campaign years tend to boost fundraising for down-ballot candidates, and early fundraising reports show 2020 is ...Read more

GOP's IRS probe may provide cover to release Trump's tax returns

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WASHINGTON -- If Democrats now in charge of the House Ways and Means Committee ever get their hands on President Donald Trump's tax returns, they could thank their Republican predecessors for providing cover to make the documents public.

In 2014, the GOP-controlled panel voted to expose taxpayer information surrounding the IRS's admission that ...Read more


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