Latest Political corruption News

Former Arkansas lawmaker changing plea in corruption cases

Jun. 24, 2019 6:27 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A former Arkansas lawmaker who is also the governor's nephew was expected Monday to change his plea in two federal corruption cases as he faced a new charge of accepting bribes in exchange for efforts to change a state dental law. Change of plea hearings were scheduled for two...

The Latest: Ex-lawmaker's plea change expected in 2 cases

Jun. 24, 2019 5:07 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Latest on change in plea hearings scheduled in a former Arkansas lawmaker's corruption cases (all times local): 4:07 p.m. A former Arkansas lawmaker who is also the governor's nephew faces a new bribery charge and is expected to change his plea in two separate federal...

Ex-White House aide to answer written questions for Congress

Jun. 24, 2019 12:09 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Judiciary Committee said Monday that former White House aide Annie Donaldson won't appear for a scheduled deposition because she is in her third trimester of pregnancy. The committee said she will instead answer written questions. Donaldson, a former aide to former White House...

El Salvador tells phone companies to block signals in jails

Jun. 21, 2019 9:22 PM EDT

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — El Salvador's government is demanding that telephone companies completely block cellphone signals inside the country's prisons, in a bid to stop gang leaders from ordering killings and other crimes from behind bars. President Nayib Bukele, who took office June 1, is moving...

Dominican judge sends 6 to trial in giant Odebrecht scandal

Jun. 21, 2019 8:45 PM EDT

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — A judge in the Dominican Republic on Friday ordered a former Senate president, an ex-public works minister and four other people to stand trial in a bribery scandal involving Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht. Judge Francisco Ortega Polanco sent ex-Senate...

Ex-airport worker admits to taking bribes during UN meeting

Jun. 21, 2019 3:57 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A former supervisor at Kennedy Airport admitted Friday that she took bribes to allow Qatar and other countries to park their planes overnight during the United Nations General Assembly. Marlene Mizzi pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of official misconduct and receiving unlawful...

House panel to subpoena Russian-born exec after no-show

Jun. 21, 2019 1:44 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House intelligence committee says it will subpoena Russia-born business executive Felix Sater after he did not appear for a scheduled interview Friday to discuss his behind-the-scenes role in Donald Trump's effort to build a skyscraper in Moscow during the presidential election. House...

Retired US Army colonel convicted in Haitian bribery scheme

Jun. 21, 2019 10:08 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A retired U.S. Army colonel has been convicted by a federal jury of conspiring to bribe Haitian government officials. Federal prosecutors in Boston say 64-year-old Joseph Baptiste, of Fulton, Maryland was one of two men convicted Thursday. The other was 74-year-old Roger Richard Boncy, a dual...

Ex-Filipino diplomat who sued Xi barred entry to Hong Kong

Jun. 21, 2019 6:22 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A former Philippine foreign secretary who accused in an international court Chinese President Xi Jinping of crimes against humanity said he was barred from entering Hong Kong on Friday and held at the airport for hours. Former Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario told The...

Roy Moore running for Senate despite discouragement from GOP

Jun. 20, 2019 10:48 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Roy Moore announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate on Thursday, defying Republican leaders who urged the polarizing jurist not to run for the Alabama seat they hope to reclaim in 2020. A former chief justice known for hardline stances against gay marriage and for the Ten...