Latest Obstruction of justice News

Trump fears a Mueller interview could bring perjury charge

Aug. 20, 2018 7:08 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is expressing concern that anything he tells special counsel Robert Mueller under oath could be used to charge him with perjury as part of Mueller's ongoing investigation into coordination between his 2016 presidential campaign and Russia. Trump repeatedly has said...

Trump says his White House counsel not a 'RAT' like Nixon's

Aug. 19, 2018 6:54 PM EDT

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) — President Donald Trump insisted Sunday that his White House counsel isn't a "RAT" like the Watergate-era White House attorney who turned on Richard Nixon, and he blasted the ongoing Russia investigation as "McCarthyism." Trump, in a series of angry tweets, denounced a New York...

Trump warns he'll revoke clearance of Justice Dept official

Aug. 17, 2018 11:20 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Friday that he suspects he'll "very quickly" revoke the security clearance for a Justice Department official whose wife worked for the firm involved in producing a dossier on Trump's ties to Russia. Signaling that his efforts to target clearances over his...

Former US security leaders blast Trump for yanking clearance

Aug. 16, 2018 10:57 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former U.S. security officials issued scathing rebukes to President Donald Trump on Thursday, admonishing him for yanking a top former spy chief's security clearance in what they cast as an act of political vengeance. Trump said he'd had to do "something" about the "rigged" federal probe...

Lawmakers impeach all 4 W.Va. court justices over spending

Aug. 14, 2018 12:26 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia lawmakers completed the extraordinary move of impeaching all four state Supreme Court justices Monday night for spending issues, including a suspended justice facing a 23-count federal indictment. The state House of Delegates voted to impeach Justice Allen Loughry on...

FBI agent found not guilty of lying about gunshots

Aug. 10, 2018 7:46 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A jury found an FBI agent not guilty Friday of obstructing an investigation into who fired two errant shots at a key figure in a group that seized an Oregon wildlife refuge in 2016. W. Joseph Astarita, 41, displayed a slight smile when the jury returned its verdict after less than a...

Jury mulls case of FBI agent accused of lying about gunshots

Aug. 9, 2018 10:55 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A jury is deliberating whether an FBI agent lied about firing shots at a militia leader who participated in the armed takeover of an Oregon wildlife refuge. Prosecutors and defense lawyers for W. Joseph Astarita made closing arguments and that a jury of three women and nine men began...

Charges dropped against 11-year-old shocked with stun gun

Aug. 8, 2018 10:47 PM EDT

CINCINNATI (AP) — Charges have been dropped against an 11-year-old Ohio girl who was suspected of shoplifting from a supermarket when a police officer shocked her with a stun gun. Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley said Wednesday night that stunning the girl who "posed no danger to the police" was wrong. The...

Trump's legal team responds to Mueller interview request

Aug. 8, 2018 10:42 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawyers for President Donald Trump said Wednesday they have responded to the latest interview proposal from special counsel Robert Mueller, part of a months-long negotiation process over whether and how investigators can question the president on possible obstruction of justice in the...

Do Trump tweets cross legal line for obstruction of justice?

Aug. 1, 2018 4:42 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's tweet on Wednesday calling for Attorney General Jeff Sessions to end the Russia investigation raises difficult questions about whether Trump's frequent use of Twitter might be used to build a case of obstruction of justice against him. The latest round of...