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In Barr, Trump has found his champion and advocate

May. 18, 2019 10:53 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump could only be delighted to have his attorney general in El Salvador, dealing with his biggest issue: illegal immigration. Yet Barr did even better for his boss. In interviews from the Central American country, he's been offering cryptic comments suggesting the...

AP source: Barr working with intel chiefs on Russia review

May. 14, 2019 4:13 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General William Barr is stepping up the probe into the origins of the Russia investigation, naming a U.S. attorney to oversee the investigation and working with intelligence chiefs to see how surveillance was conducted. Barr tapped John Durham, the U.S. attorney in Connecticut,...

AP source: Barr launches new look at origins of Russia probe

May. 14, 2019 11:32 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General William Barr has appointed a U.S. attorney to examine the origins of the Russia investigation and determine if intelligence collection involving the Trump campaign was "lawful and appropriate," according to a person familiar with the issue. Barr appointed John Durham, the...

South Africa chief vows to purge ANC of 'deviant tendencies'

May. 12, 2019 12:55 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa's president on Sunday vowed to purge his party of "bad and deviant tendencies" as he prepares to appoint a new Cabinet following a victory in national elections. The 57% share of the vote was the worst-ever election showing for the African National Congress, which has ruled...

Hundreds gather at ceremony to bid farewell to Rosenstein

May. 9, 2019 6:10 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hundreds of Justice Department employees gathered Thursday to send off Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, capping a tenure marked by a tumultuous relationship with President Donald Trump. Attorney General William Barr and former Attorney General Jeff Sessions were among the speakers,...

Trump to nominate Shanahan for top Pentagon post

May. 9, 2019 5:18 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Thursday said he will nominate Patrick Shanahan to be his second secretary of defense, putting an end to months of speculation about the former Boeing executive's standing in the administration. Shanahan has been leading the Pentagon as acting secretary since...

Democrats challenge Trump's UN nominee over climate change

May. 6, 2019 6:12 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Three Democratic senators are calling on President's Donald Trump's nominee for U.N. ambassador to clarify that she will put U.S. interests ahead of her own financial interests when it comes to climate change. The Democrats say Kelly Craft, who was nominated as U.S. ambassador to the U.N....

Ex-Trump aide on board of company that detains migrant kids

May. 3, 2019 8:02 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Former White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly has joined the board of the conglomerate that operates the largest facility for migrant children in the country, the company announced Friday. Caliburn International's CEO James Van Dusen confirmed the appointment of the former Trump cabinet...

Pompeo-Lavrov meeting comes as Venezuela tension grows

May. 3, 2019 11:05 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The top diplomats of Russia and the United States are to meet next week, just days after they sparred over the crisis in Venezuela. The meeting on the sidelines of an Arctic Council session in Rovaniemi, Finland — confirmed Friday by Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov...

Trump formally submits Kelly Craft nomination for UN post

May. 2, 2019 5:56 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has formally submitted to the Senate the nomination of Kelly Craft to serve as the next U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. Craft serves as the U.S. ambassador to Canada. In February, Trump had said he had selected Craft for the U.N. job. Craft, a Kentucky...