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Ex-Rep. Sessions subpoenaed in Giuliani grand jury probe

Oct. 15, 2019 9:36 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal grand jury has subpoenaed former Republican Rep. Pete Sessions for information about his interactions with Rudy Giuliani and several associates who were indicted last week. The former lawmaker from Texas is cooperating with investigators and will turn over documents in the...

Texas GOP speaker tape: Lawmaker 'vile,' Trump 'killing us'

Oct. 15, 2019 4:46 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas' GOP House speaker sought help ousting members of his own party in 2020, called a female lawmaker "vile" and said President Donald Trump is "killing us" in pivotal races in a secretly recorded meeting with a conservative activist released Tuesday. House Speaker Dennis Bonnen also...

Thornberry of Texas is latest House Republican to retire

Sep. 30, 2019 11:42 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Texas congressman is the latest House Republican to announce he won't run for reelection. Rep. Mac Thornberry, a former chairman of the Armed Services Committee, said he would not seek reelection in 2020. Thornberry has been a member of Congress since 1994. His district in the Texas...

GOP lawmaker criticized over gun tweet about O'Rourke

Sep. 13, 2019 12:59 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A Republican Texas lawmaker tweeting he had an assault rifle "ready" for Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke drew criticism Friday for the apparent threat amid heightened tensions over guns after two mass shootings in the state. The tweet by Republican state Rep. Briscoe...

Texas mass violence committee members receive death threats

Sep. 11, 2019 6:22 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Top leaders of a new Texas House committee that is addressing issues related to gun violence in the wake of two local mass shootings say some of its Republican members have received death threats. The threats mark the latest confrontation Republican lawmakers have faced by gun rights...

Texas governor resists calls for quick votes after shooting

Sep. 4, 2019 6:53 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Republican Gov. Greg Abbott on Wednesday rejected calls from Democrats for immediate votes on new gun safety measures in Texas following a violent August that began and ended with mass shootings that left 29 people dead and injured dozens more. The Texas Legislature doesn't meet again...