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US: Trump lawyer met Russian offering 'political synergy'

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's former lawyer, Michael Cohen, was in touch as far back as 2015 with a Russian who offered "political synergy" with the Trump election campaign and proposed a meeting between the candidate and Russian President Vladimir Putin, the special counsel said Friday.

Dec. 7, 2018 9:06 PM EST
US: Trump lawyer met Russian offering 'political synergy'

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's former lawyer, Michael Cohen, was in touch as far back as 2015 with a Russian who offered "political synergy" with the Trump election campaign and proposed a meeting between the candidate and Russian President Vladimir Putin, the special counsel said Friday.

Dec. 7, 2018 8:23 PM EST
Cohen confesses to lying about Trump Tower Moscow deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — The surprise plea agreement with President Donald Trump's former lawyer made clear that prosecutors believe Michael Cohen was continuing to pursue the Trump Tower Moscow project weeks after his boss had clinched the Republican nomination for president and while investigators believe Russians were meddling in the 2016 election on his behalf.

Nov. 30, 2018 8:43 AM EST
Manafort allegations throw new uncertainty into Russia probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — The breakdown of a plea deal with former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and an explosive British news report about alleged contacts he may have had with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange threw a new element of uncertainty into the Trump-Russia investigation on Tuesday.

Nov. 27, 2018 9:41 PM EST
Trump team turns over written answers to Mueller's questions

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has provided the special counsel with written answers to questions about his knowledge of Russian interference in the 2016 election, his lawyers said Tuesday, avoiding at least for now a potentially risky sit-down with prosecutors.

Nov. 21, 2018 12:07 AM EST
Trump provides written responses to Mueller questions

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has provided the special counsel with written answers to questions about his knowledge of Russian interference in the 2016 election, his lawyers said Tuesday, avoiding at least for now a potentially risky sit-down with prosecutors.

Nov. 20, 2018 11:29 PM EST
Russian woman charged in first 2018 election meddling case

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. accused a Russian woman on Friday of helping oversee the finances of a sweeping, secretive effort to sway American public opinion through social media in the first federal case alleging foreign interference in the 2018 midterm elections.

Oct. 20, 2018 1:14 AM EDT
Russian woman charged in first 2018 election meddling case

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. accused a Russian woman on Friday of helping oversee the finances of a sweeping, secretive effort to sway American public opinion through social media in the first federal case alleging foreign interference in the 2018 midterm elections.

Oct. 19, 2018 11:05 PM EDT
Manafort pleads guilty, will cooperate with special counsel

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort agreed Friday to cooperate with the special counsel's Trump-Russia investigation as he pleaded guilty to federal crimes and avoided a second trial that could have exposed him to more time in prison.

Sep. 14, 2018 7:34 PM EDT
AP Source: Mueller OK with some written responses from Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — Special counsel Robert Mueller is willing to accept written responses from President Donald Trump regarding any potential coordination between his campaign and the Kremlin's efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election.

Sep. 4, 2018 7:20 PM EDT
What deadline? Mueller probe can go up to Nov. 6 and beyond

WASHINGTON (AP) — Deadlines? What deadlines?For months, President Donald Trump and his allies have said the special counsel needs to wrap up his Russia investigation within 60 days of the midterm elections, in November, citing a Justice Department policy.

Sep. 4, 2018 6:27 PM EDT
AP sources: Lawyer was told Russia had 'Trump over a barrel'

WASHINGTON (AP) — A senior Justice Department lawyer says a former British spy told him at a breakfast meeting two years ago that Russian intelligence believed it had Donald Trump "over a barrel," according to multiple people familiar with the encounter.

Aug. 31, 2018 3:26 PM EDT
Manafort trial to focus on lavish lifestyle, not collusion

WASHINGTON (AP) — The trial of President Donald Trump's onetime campaign chairman will begin Tuesday in Alexandria, Virginia, and you can expect to hear tales of lavish spending, secret shell companies and millions of dollars of Ukrainian money flowing through offshore bank accounts and into the political consultant's pocket.

Jul. 29, 2018 6:06 PM EDT
Legal implications on Trump or Cohen unclear on secret tape

WASHINGTON (AP) — A secret recording of Donald Trump discussing payments to a Playboy model has brought renewed attention to the question of whether and how he might have tried to block politically damaging stories ahead of the 2016 presidential election.

Jul. 27, 2018 10:16 AM EDT
Secret tape may not add to legal jeopardy for Trump or Cohen

WASHINGTON (AP) — A secret recording of Donald Trump discussing payments to a Playboy model has brought renewed attention to the question of whether — and how — he might have tried to block politically damaging stories ahead of the 2016 presidential election.

Jul. 26, 2018 6:30 PM EDT
Trump: Putin made 'incredible offer' in Russian hacking case

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Monday that Russian President Vladimir Putin privately made an "incredible offer" to help American investigators in their prosecution of 12 Russian intelligence officers accused of hacking crimes during the 2016 presidential election season.

Jul. 16, 2018 6:14 PM EDT
Indictment ties Russian government to election hacking

WASHINGTON (AP) — Twelve Russian military intelligence officers hacked into the Clinton presidential campaign and the Democratic Party and released tens of thousands of private communications in a sweeping conspiracy by the Kremlin to meddle in the 2016 U.

Jul. 14, 2018 7:09 AM EDT
12 Russians indicted for meddling in 2016 US election

WASHINGTON (AP) — Twelve Russian military intelligence officers hacked into the Clinton presidential campaign and the Democratic Party and released tens of thousands of private communications in a sweeping conspiracy by the Kremlin to meddle in the 2016 U.

Jul. 13, 2018 10:13 PM EDT
Shouting, insults as FBI agent faces angry Republicans

WASHINGTON (AP) — An embattled FBI agent whose anti-Trump text messages exposed the Justice Department to claims of institutional bias vigorously defended himself at an extraordinary congressional hearing that devolved into shouting matches, finger-pointing and veiled references to personal transgressions.

Jul. 13, 2018 7:36 AM EDT
FBI agent clashes with GOP at hearing on Russia probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — 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.

Jul. 12, 2018 10:56 PM EDT
Trump claims FBI 'plotting' though report found no bias

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump disputed findings by the Justice Department on Friday that former FBI Director James Comey's handling of the Hillary Clinton email probe was not politically motivated, declaring that there was "total bias" at the FBI and that the "top people" at the agency were "plotting against my election.

Jun. 15, 2018 3:30 PM EDT
Watchdog: Comey 'insubordinate,' not biased in Clinton probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a stinging rebuke, the Justice Department watchdog declared Thursday that former FBI Director James Comey was "insubordinate" in his handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation in the explosive final months of the 2016 presidential campaign.

Jun. 14, 2018 11:50 PM EDT
Washington lobbyists put on notice over foreign agent law

WASHINGTON (AP) — A recent and rare prosecution of a Pakistani man in Maryland under a relatively obscure lobbying law has many in the multimillion dollar world of foreign influence bracing for more.

May. 22, 2018 6:33 PM EDT
Watchdog report to fault FBI for Clinton probe delay

WASHINGTON (AP) — An upcoming report from the Justice Department's internal watchdog is expected to criticize senior FBI leaders for not moving quickly enough to review a trove of Hillary Clinton emails discovered late in the 2016 campaign, according to people familiar with the findings.

May. 21, 2018 6:01 PM EDT
Unapologetic Trump Jr.: Not troubled that I met with Russian

WASHINGTON (AP) — Questioned intently by a Senate committee, President Donald Trump's son struck a firmly unapologetic tone, deflected many queries and said he didn't think there was anything wrong with meeting a Russian lawyer at Trump Tower in hopes of election-season dirt on Hillary Clinton, according to transcripts released Wednesday.

May. 16, 2018 11:25 PM EDT
Russian company attacks Mueller indictment as baseless

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Russian company indicted in the special counsel investigation attacked the case in an acerbic court filing Monday that accused the government of inventing a "make-believe crime.

May. 14, 2018 6:27 PM EDT
Trump rips Comey, says he won't be involved in Russia probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump insisted Thursday that he "won't be involved" in the special counsel investigation into Russian election meddling, even as he warned he could change his mind, blasted his own Justice Department and accused former FBI Director James Comey of lying about Trump's eyebrow-raising trip to Moscow in 2013.

Apr. 26, 2018 2:11 PM EDT
Trump believes he can fire Mueller, White House says

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal agents who raided the office of President Donald Trump's personal attorney, Michael Cohen, were looking for records about payments to a former Playboy playmate and to porn actress Stormy Daniels, who both claim to have had affairs with Trump.

Apr. 10, 2018 3:19 PM EDT
Trump furious after FBI seizes documents from his lawyer

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal agents on Monday raided the office of President Donald Trump's personal attorney Michael Cohen, seizing records on topics including a $130,000 payment made to porn actress Stormy Daniels.

Apr. 9, 2018 10:58 PM EDT
Mueller charges Russians with meddling in 2016 race

WASHINGTON (AP) — In an extraordinary indictment, the U.S. special counsel has accused 13 Russians of an elaborate plot to disrupt the 2016 presidential election, charging them with running a huge but hidden social media trolling campaign aimed in part at helping Republican Donald Trump defeat Democrat Hillary Clinton.

Feb. 17, 2018 9:21 AM EST
Russians charged with meddling in 2016 presidential race

WASHINGTON (AP) — In an extraordinary indictment, the U.S. special counsel accused 13 Russians Friday of an elaborate plot to disrupt the 2016 presidential election, charging them with running a huge but hidden social media trolling campaign aimed in part at helping Republican Donald Trump defeat Democrat Hillary Clinton.

Feb. 16, 2018 10:05 PM EST
FBI's McCabe, a frequent Trump target, abruptly leaves post

WASHINGTON (AP) — FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, a target of frequent and aggressive criticism by President Donald Trump, abruptly stepped down from his position Monday ahead of his planned retirement this spring.

Jan. 29, 2018 6:04 PM EST
Manafort sues to challenge Mueller's mandate in Russia probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman sued special counsel Robert Mueller and the Justice Department, saying prosecutors had overstepped their bounds by charging him for conduct that he says is unrelated to Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Jan. 4, 2018 7:31 AM EST
Manafort sues Mueller, Justice Department over Russia probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman sued special counsel Robert Mueller and the Justice Department on Wednesday, saying prosecutors had overstepped their bounds by charging him for conduct that he says is unrelated to Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Jan. 3, 2018 6:46 PM EST
FBI agent removed from Russia probe called Trump an 'idiot'

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two FBI officials who would later be assigned to the special counsel's investigation into Donald Trump's presidential campaign described him with insults like "idiot" and "loathsome human" in a series of text messages last year, according to copies of the messages released Tuesday.

Dec. 13, 2017 4:25 AM EST
FBI agent removed from Russia probe called Trump an 'idiot'

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two FBI officials who would later be assigned to the special counsel's investigation into Donald Trump's presidential campaign described him with insults like "idiot" and "loathsome human" in a series of text messages last year, according to copies of the messages released Tuesday.

Dec. 13, 2017 12:56 AM EST
As Mueller closed in, pressure mounted on Flynn and family

WASHINGTON (AP) — In the days before he pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI, and as he braced for the public revelation that he'd morphed from government target to government cooperator, Michael Flynn was reveling in the pleasures of a new grandchild, swapping cheerful observations about babies with a longtime friend and fellow grandfather.

Dec. 12, 2017 3:25 PM EST
Email sent to Trumps included public WikiLeaks information

WASHINGTON (AP) — An email sent to President Donald Trump and Donald Trump Jr. before the 2016 election included a decryption key for hacked documents that the website WikiLeaks had already made public a day earlier.

Dec. 8, 2017 5:10 PM EST
First Russia-Trump charges are special counsel warning shot

WASHINGTON (AP) — Special counsel Robert Mueller is warning everyone in President Donald Trump's orbit: If they lie about contacts between his election campaign and Russians, they could end up on the wrong end of federal criminal charges.

Oct. 31, 2017 12:34 PM EDT
First guilty plea, indictment of Trump aides in Russia probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — On a black Monday for Donald Trump's White House, the special counsel investigating possible coordination between the Kremlin and the Trump presidential campaign announced the first charges, indicting Trump's former campaign chairman and revealing how an adviser lied to the FBI about meetings with Russian intermediaries.

Oct. 31, 2017 1:47 AM EDT

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