Judge’s rebuke of Flynn upends sentencing, prolongs case

Politics 12/19/18, 06:41

A federal judge who described himself as disgusted by Michael Flynn's behavior upended a straightforward sentencing hearing, postponing punishment for President Donald Trump's first national security adviser and telling him in a stinging rebuke, "Arguably you sold your country out." Lawyers for Flynn requested the delay Tuesday after a tongue-lashing from ...

Flynn’s sentencing postponed: 4 takeaways

Politics 12/19/18, 00:09

The unexpected delay in Michael Flynn's sentencing raised a new wrinkle in the Russia probe. The former national security adviser, who pleaded guilty to lying the FBI about his contacts with Russia's ambassador, had expected to face no jail time after prosecutors vouched for him, saying he had provided substantial assistance ...

Flynn sentencing abruptly postponed to allow for cooperation

Politics 12/18/18, 13:21

A federal judge abruptly postponed the sentencing hearing Tuesday for Michael Flynn, President Donald Trump's first national security adviser, after a stunning hearing in which the judge accused Flynn of selling out his country. The delay allows Flynn to continue cooperating with the special counsel's Russia probe and get credit for ...

Update: Flynn arrives at courthouse for sentencing

Politics 12/18/18, 10:34

The Latest on former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn and the Russia investigation (all times local): 10:15 a.m. Former national security adviser Michael Flynn has arrived at the federal courthouse in Washington ahead of his sentencing hearing. Flynn is to be sentenced at 11 a.m. on Tuesday for lying to the FBI ...

Giuliani: ‘Over my dead body’ will Mueller interview Trump

Politics 12/16/18, 10:00

President Donald Trump's attorney is categorically ruling out the possibility of a presidential interview with special counsel Robert Mueller. Rudy Giuliani told "Fox News Sunday" that an interview would happen "over my dead body." The special counsel, who is investigating possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russia, has continued to ask ...

In plea deal, Russian woman admits to being a secret agent

Politics 12/13/18, 12:49

A Russian woman accused of being a secret agent admitted Thursday that she conspired to infiltrate the American gun-rights movement to gather intelligence on conservative political groups as Donald Trump rose to power. Maria Butina, 30, agreed to plead guilty to a conspiracy charge as part of a deal with federal ...

Comey: FBI probe of Russia initially looked at 4 Americans

Politics 12/09/18, 00:37

The FBI's counterintelligence investigation into potential ties between the Trump campaign and Russia initially focused on four Americans and whether they were connected to Russian efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election, former FBI Director James Comey told lawmakers during hours of closed-door questioning.Comey did not identify the Americans ...

Update: Former FBI chief Comey arrives for GOP interview

Politics 12/07/18, 11:14

The Latest on former FBI Director James Comey's closed-door interview by House Republicans (all times local):10 a.m.Former FBI Director James Comey has arrived on Capitol Hill for a closed-door interview with two House committees.House Republicans are questioning Comey on decisions made by the Justice Department during the 2016 presidential election. ...

Prosecutors recommend no jail time for cooperative Flynn

Politics 12/05/18, 00:24

President Donald Trump's former national security adviser provided so much information to the special counsel's Russia investigation that prosecutors say he shouldn't do any prison time, according to a court filing that describes Michael Flynn's cooperation as "substantial."The filing by special counsel Robert Mueller provides the first details of Flynn's ...

Trump cancels meeting with Putin as he heads to G-20 summit

Politics 11/29/18, 21:41

President Donald Trump abruptly canceled a planned meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin as he headed to the Group of 20 Nations summit Thursday, citing Russia's seizure of Ukrainian vessels as a source of tension in a relationship he has fostered in the face of criticism. Trump tweeted his decision from ...

Michael Cohen pleads guilty to lying to Congress

U.S. 11/29/18, 09:48

Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's former lawyer, has pleaded guilty to lying to Congress about work he did on a Trump real estate deal in Russia. Cohen made a surprise appearance Thursday in a New York courtroom at around 9 a.m. He admitted to making false statements in 2017 to the U.S. ...

New developments put Manafort back in Russia probe spotlight

Politics 11/28/18, 00:15

The breakdown of a plea deal with former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and a news report about contacts he may have had with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange have thrown a new element of uncertainty into the Trump-Russia investigation.Manafort on Tuesday adamantly denied a Guardian report that he secretly met ...

After arrest, Michael Avenatti denies LA domestic violence

U.S. 11/15/18, 01:11

Michael Avenatti, the lawyer for Stormy Daniels, has denied allegations of domestic violence after his arrest near his ritzy Los Angeles skyscraper apartment. "I have never struck a woman, I never will strike a woman," Avenatti told reporters Wednesday after being booked and posting $50,000 bail. Avenatti said he has been an ...

Update: WH says Sessions exit not constitutional crisis

Politics 11/08/18, 11:10

The Latest on Jeff Sessions' departure as attorney general (all times local): 10:05 a.m. White House counselor Kellyanne Conway says the exit of Attorney General Jeff Sessions is "not a constitutional crisis." FILE - In this July 20, 2017 file photo, Attorney General Jeff Sessions accompanied by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, speaks ...

Is there interference in the 2018 US midterm elections?

Tech 10/20/18, 11:40

When the Justice Department unsealed criminal charges detailing a yearslong effort by a Russian troll farm to "sow division and discord in the U.S. political system," it was the first federal case alleging continued foreign interference in U.S. elections.Earlier Friday, American intelligence officials released a rare public statement asserting that ...

Manafort to be sentenced in February; appears in wheelchair

U.S. 10/19/18, 02:23

A judge has set a February sentencing date for Paul Manafort, who appeared in court Friday for a post-trial hearing in a wheelchair and green jail jumpsuit.The hearing in federal court in Alexandria was largely procedural, but provided the first glimpse of the former Trump campaign chairman since he began ...

Judge tosses Stormy Daniels’ defamation suit against Trump

Entertainment 10/15/18, 15:18

A federal judge dismissed Stormy Daniels' defamation lawsuit against President Donald Trump on Monday, saying the president made a "hyperbolic statement" against a political adversary when he tweeted about a composite sketch the porn actress' lawyer released. Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, sued Trump in April after he said ...

A look at suspected Russian plots abroad _ and the plotters

Europe 10/09/18, 09:45

Hacking computer networks, poisoning, election meddling: It's hard to keep track of all the Russian spies and agents suspected of committing crimes abroad lately on the Kremlin's behalf.The latest development: Investigative group Bellingcat has revealed new information about a Russian doctor accused of the nerve agent poisoning in Britain in ...

Update: Trump says he has no plans to fire Rosenstein

U.S. 10/08/18, 11:14

The Latest on President Donald Trump and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein (all times local): 10:47 a.m. President Donald Trump says he doesn't have plans to fire Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. Rosenstein's job security has been under question since news reports last month that he had discussed possibly secretly recording Trump to ...

Judge appears likely to toss Stormy Daniels’ defamation suit

U.S. 09/24/18, 21:44

A federal judge appeared poised Monday to toss out a defamation lawsuit against President Donald Trump by porn actress Stormy Daniels.Judge S. James Otero said in U.S. District Court that a tweet the president wrote in April appears to be "rhetorical hyperbole" and speech protected under the First Amendment.Daniels, whose ...

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