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Inmate fatally stabbed at state prison in south Alabama

Jun. 17, 2019 2:48 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — One prison inmate was stabbed to death by another over the weekend, state officials said Monday in Alabama, where high rates of prison violence have recently been criticized by the U.S. Justice Department. Alabama Department of Corrections spokesman Bob Horton said in a news release...

Justice backs Mnuchin's refusal to turn over Trump's taxes

Jun. 14, 2019 6:30 PM EDT

The Justice Department issued a legal opinion Friday finding that Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin was right to withhold President Donald Trump's tax returns from a House committee that subpoenaed them. The House Ways and Means Committee subpoenaed six years of Trump's tax returns in May, but the Treasury...

Legal fight tougher for congressman as wife pleads guilty

Jun. 14, 2019 12:29 AM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Indicted six-term GOP Congressman Duncan Hunter has held steadfast to his contention that a corruption case against him is the result of a political witch hunt. But that argument got tougher Thursday for the former Marine and close ally of President Donald Trump after his wife, who worked...

Legal fight tougher for congressman as wife pleads guilty

Jun. 13, 2019 9:30 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Indicted six-term GOP Congressman Duncan Hunter has held steadfast to his contention that a corruption case against him is the result of a political witch hunt. But that argument got tougher Thursday for the former Marine and close ally of President Donald Trump after his wife, who worked...

The Latest: Lawmaker: Politics behind push for guilty plea

Jun. 13, 2019 3:17 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Latest on a change of plea by the wife of indicted U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter (all times local): 11:40 a.m. U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter says political reasons prompted the Department of Justice to pressure his wife to plead guilty and testify against him in their corruption case. The GOP...

Lock him up? '20 Dems weigh in on whether to prosecute Trump

Jun. 13, 2019 3:08 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — With a familiar chant, President Donald Trump's backers regularly called for Hillary Clinton to be thrown in prison during the 2016 campaign. Now top Democrats are grappling with fraught questions about whether to lock HIM up. As Democrats in Congress press for continued investigation of...

House committee subpoenas Flynn, Gates in Russia probe

Jun. 13, 2019 1:51 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Intelligence Committee has subpoenaed former White House national security adviser Michael Flynn and former Trump campaign aide Rick Gates as part of its investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Committee Chairman Adam Schiff said Thursday...

House panel votes to hold top US officials in contempt

Jun. 12, 2019 8:48 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A House committee voted Wednesday to hold two top Trump administration officials in contempt of Congress for failing to comply with subpoenas for documents related to a decision adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census. The Democratic-controlled House Oversight Committee voted...

Federal hate crime charges filed in black church fires

Jun. 12, 2019 3:40 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The son of a Louisiana sheriff's deputy is facing federal hate crime charges in connection with three fires that destroyed African American churches earlier this year. Holden Matthews , 21, was charged in a six-count federal indictment that was unsealed Wednesday. The indictment charges...

Justice Department says Trump is asserting executive privilege over documents in fight over census question

Jun. 12, 2019 10:28 AM EDT
WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Department says Trump is asserting executive privilege over documents in fight over census question.