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Oral arguments to occur in Trump fight over bank subpoenas

May. 22, 2019 1:35 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A judge is poised to hear oral arguments Wednesday over President Donald Trump's effort to block congressional subpoenas seeking financial records from two banks. The hearing occurs after congressional Democrats sought the information from Deutsche Bank and Capital One. Trump, his family...

Democratic impeachment calls swell as McGahn defies subpoena

May. 21, 2019 7:38 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — More Democrats are calling — and more loudly — for impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump after his latest defiance of Congress by blocking his former White House lawyer from testifying on Tuesday. A growing number of rank-and-file House Democrats, incensed...

DOJ offers to share Mueller documents to avoid House action

May. 21, 2019 4:23 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department said Tuesday it is willing to provide the House Intelligence Committee with documents from special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, as long as the panel agrees not to take any action against Attorney General William Barr. The unusual request comes after the...

Ex-White House lawyer won't testify after Trump direction

May. 20, 2019 9:01 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump directed his former White House Counsel Donald McGahn to defy a congressional subpoena Monday, citing a Justice Department legal opinion that maintains McGahn would have immunity from testifying about his work as a close Trump adviser. A lawyer for McGahn said he...

In clash with Congress, weak legal case may still help Trump

May. 18, 2019 5:06 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — For all of President Donald Trump's talk of winning, his lawyers are using a legal argument that many scholars say is a pretty sure loser as his team tries to defy congressional attempts to investigate him. Yet they may end up delaying the investigations with their argument, and that...

Court hears 2 cases against Trump's plan for border wall

May. 17, 2019 6:23 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — President Donald Trump is moving fast to build a wall on the Mexico border with billions of dollars secured under his declaration of a national emergency, but he first must get past the courts. On Friday, a federal judge in Oakland heard arguments in two lawsuits seeking to block the...

Schiff plans 'enforcement action' against DOJ over Mueller

May. 16, 2019 7:46 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff said Thursday that his panel will vote on "enforcement action" against Attorney General William Barr or the Justice Department next week, yet another escalation in the standoff between Congress and President Donald Trump's administration...

Supreme Court conservatives attack lame-duck arguments

May. 15, 2019 4:25 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Conservative justices who control the Wisconsin Supreme Court attacked liberal groups' claims Wednesday that Republican legislators met illegally when they passed laws limiting Democratic Gov. Tony Evers' and Attorney General Josh Kaul's powers during a lame-duck session last year,...

Attorneys general ask for veto of Iowa AG power-limits bill

May. 15, 2019 1:39 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Current and former attorneys general from both major parties and several states are imploring Iowa's Republican governor to veto a measure meant to prevent the state's attorney general, currently a Democrat, from being able to file or join lawsuits challenging Trump administration...

Suit filed over law enhancing governor's role in judge picks

May. 15, 2019 11:28 AM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Eight legislators and a lawyer have filed a lawsuit seeking to overturn a law giving the governor more control over the commission that nominates candidates for positions on the Iowa Supreme Court and Iowa Court of Appeals. KCCI-TV reports the Democratic lawmakers and Cedar Rapids...