RICHARD LARDNER

2nd whistleblower adds to impeachment peril at White House

WASHINGTON (AP) — A second whistleblower has come forward with information about President Donald Trump's dealings with Ukraine, adding to the impeachment peril engulfing the White House and potentially providing new leads to Democrats in their unfurling investigation of Trump's conduct.

Oct. 6, 2019 9:23 PM EDT
What swamp? Lobbyists get ethics waivers to work for Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and his appointees have stocked federal agencies with ex-lobbyists and corporate lawyers who now help regulate the very industries from which they previously collected paychecks, despite promising as a candidate to drain the swamp in Washington.

Mar. 8, 2018 1:03 AM EST
GOP Sen. Flake, a vocal Trump critic, won't seek re-election

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Sen. Jeff Flake announced Tuesday he would not seek re-election next year, delivering a forceful condemnation of the "flagrant disregard of truth and decency" and bemoaning political complicity in a Senate speech clearly directed at President Donald Trump.

Oct. 24, 2017 6:39 PM EDT
Republican Sen. Corker announces he won't seek re-election

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee, the chairman of the powerful Foreign Relations Committee and a political force on financial issues, announced Tuesday that he would not seek re-election.

Sep. 26, 2017 9:50 PM EDT
US officials underscore Russia threat to 2016 elections

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials sought Wednesday to underscore for lawmakers the threat Russia posed to the 2016 vote for the White House, outlining efforts to hack into election systems in 21 states and to fill the internet with misinformation during a divisive campaign season.

Jun. 21, 2017 9:32 PM EDT
Democrats aim to keep focus on Trump's meeting with Russians

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats aren't letting President Donald Trump forget his White House meeting with top Russian diplomats, even as he tries to move past allegations of possible collusion between Moscow and his presidential campaign.

May. 30, 2017 1:38 PM EDT
Democrat meets with Trump and warns against Syria safe zone

WASHINGTON (AP) — In an unusual political sit-down, a congressional Democrat on Monday warned President-elect Donald Trump about escalating the civil war in Syria by establishing a no-fly zone to protect civilians from the bombing.

Nov. 21, 2016 4:50 PM EST
Trump's CIA pick is conservative Kansas congressman

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump's choice for CIA director is Mike Pompeo, a hard-line Republican congressman from Kansas who heavily criticized the Iran deal, blasted Hillary Clinton over the attack on a U.

Nov. 19, 2016 7:53 AM EST
Trump taps hard-liner, Iran nuke deal foe for CIA

WASHINGTON (AP) — Mike Pompeo, Donald Trump's pick to be director of the CIA, is a hard-line Republican congressman who shares the president-elect's pugnacious worldview and, like Trump, spent years as a businessman before becoming a politician.

Nov. 18, 2016 4:15 PM EST
Giuliani says Trump kids could run 'blind trust'

WASHINGTON (AP) — A top adviser to President-elect Donald Trump says it would be "unrealistic" to purge his children from his businesses and hand their control over to an independent trustee.

Nov. 13, 2016 3:14 PM EST
Witnesses refuse to testify in hearing on Clinton's email

WASHINGTON (AP) — Three witnesses ordered to testify Tuesday before a House committee investigating Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server asserted their constitutional rights against self-incrimination and did not appear or refused to answer questions.

Sep. 13, 2016 3:55 PM EDT
GOP-led panel to question officials on FBI probe of Clinton

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans furious with the FBI for not recommending criminal charges against Hillary Clinton over her use of a private email server are scheduled to question Obama administration officials at the second in a series of hearings targeting the Democratic presidential nominee.

Sep. 12, 2016 4:01 PM EDT
US officials cite potential for violence at GOP convention

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senior U.S. national security officials said Thursday they are worried about the potential for violence at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland as tensions run high around the country after the recent police shootings of unarmed black men and the deadly ambush of police officers in Dallas.

Jul. 14, 2016 12:01 PM EDT
Brash Trump courts, jabs, anxious Republicans

WASHINGTON (AP) — A defiant Donald Trump made it clear he won't change his brash tone or message as he courted anxious Republican lawmakers Thursday, blaming the media for stumbles that continue to alarm GOP leaders and energize Democrats with voting less than three months away.

Jul. 7, 2016 5:35 PM EDT
House nixes bid to bar illegal immigrants from military

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-led House on Thursday narrowly defeated an attempt to bar young immigrants living in the country illegally to enlist in the armed forces, as opponents tied the measure to Donald Trump's presidential campaign.

Jun. 16, 2016 3:41 PM EDT
House Republicans seek to shift focus from Trump to security

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans laid out a national security agenda that seeks to turn the conversation away from Donald Trump's contentious presidential campaign and toward concrete policies for securing America's borders and defeating extremist groups.

Jun. 9, 2016 3:51 PM EDT
Graham, who called Trump a 'nut job,' softens his view

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican senator who called Donald Trump a "nut job" and a "loser as a person" softened his stance on Thursday as the GOP sought to set aside their differences and unify the party.

May. 12, 2016 4:08 PM EDT
US national security experts say Trump not fit to lead

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican national security leaders and experts have assailed Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump as unfit to be commander in chief, calling him dishonest and describing his positions on key issues as dangerous and uninformed.

Mar. 3, 2016 2:01 PM EST
Conservative national security leaders unite to oppose Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican national security leaders and experts have assailed GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump as unfit to be commander in chief, calling him dishonest and describing his positions on key issues as dangerous and uninformed.

Mar. 3, 2016 1:48 PM EST
Senate passes bill to hit North Korea with harsher sanctions

WASHINGTON (AP) — Seeking to derail North Korea's drive for nuclear weapons, Republican and Democratic senators set aside their partisan differences Wednesday to unanimously pass legislation aimed at starving Pyongyang of the money it needs to build an atomic arsenal.

Feb. 10, 2016 9:56 PM EST