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President Donald Trump waves before getting into his vehicle after arriving at Palm Beach International Airport in West Palm Beach, Fla., Friday, Jan. 17, 2020. Trump and his family are spending the weekend at their Mar-a-Lago estate. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Trump team, House managers trade sharp views on impeachment

Jan. 18, 2020 8:43 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's legal team issued a fiery response Saturday ahead of opening arguments in his impeachment trial, while House Democrats laid out their case in forceful fashion, saying the president betrayed public trust with behavior that was the “worst nightmare" of the...

FILE - In this May 8, 2014, file photo, then Baylor University President Ken Starr testifies at the House Committee on Education and Workforce on college athletes forming unions. in Washington. President Donald Trump's legal team will include former Harvard University law professor Alan Dershowitz and Ken Starr, the former independent counsel who led the Whitewater investigation into President Bill Clinton, according to a person familiar with the matter. The team will also include Pam Bondi, the former Florida attorney general. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke, File)

Who's who on Trump's legal team for impeachment trial

Jan. 18, 2020 12:24 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s legal advocates for his Senate impeachment trial will include a pair of well-known attorneys who have vigorously defended Trump on television and played roles in some of the most consequential legal dramas in recent history. Among those assisting White...

FILE - In this May 8, 2014, file photo, then Baylor University President Ken Starr testifies at the House Committee on Education and Workforce on college athletes forming unions. in Washington. President Donald Trump's legal team will include former Harvard University law professor Alan Dershowitz and Ken Starr, the former independent counsel who led the Whitewater investigation into President Bill Clinton, according to a person familiar with the matter. The team will also include Pam Bondi, the former Florida attorney general. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke, File)

Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team

Jan. 18, 2020 12:13 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has assembled a made-for-TV legal team for his Senate trial that includes household names like Ken Starr, the prosecutor whose investigation two decades ago resulted in the impeachment of Bill Clinton. Former Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz said he will...

Former U.S. Rep. Chris Collins arrives at federal court for sentencing Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, in New York. Collins pleaded guilty last fall to insider trading and lying to the FBI. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Ex-US Rep. Collins gets over 2 years in insider trading case

Jan. 17, 2020 10:30 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The first member of Congress to endorse Donald Trump to be president was sentenced Friday to two years and two months in federal prison after admitting he helped his son and others dodge $800,000 in stock market losses when he learned that a drug trial by a small pharmaceutical company had...

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., speaks during a news conference to announce impeachment managers on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020. With Pelosi from left are Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., Rep. Sylvia Garcia, D-Texas, House Judiciary Committee Chairman, Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., Pelosi, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., Rep. Val Demings, D-Fla., Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif. and Rep. Jason Crow, D-Colo. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Correction: Trump-Impeachment-Managers-Glance story

Jan. 16, 2020 12:47 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a story January 15, 2020, about the seven House lawmakers chosen to prosecute the House's impeachment case at the Senate trial of President Donald Trump, The Associated Press erroneously reported that Rep. Zoe Lofgren was a House Judiciary Committee staffer during the impeachment...

FILE - In this Nov. 14, 2019, file photo, Attorney General William Barr, left, and White House Counsel Pat Cipollone, are seen during a meeting with President Donald Trump in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. Trump is turning to an unassuming jurist with little trial experience but high regard in conservative Washington legal circles to lead his defense in his impeachment trial. White House counsel Cipollone has spent most of his career in commercial litigation. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, file)

Trump taps 'strong, silent type' to lead impeachment defense

Jan. 15, 2020 12:14 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pat Cipollone doesn’t seem like Donald Trump’s kind of fixer. His manner is unassuming. He hasn’t spent much time playing a lawyer in court or on TV. But the president has turned to Cipollone, his White House counsel, when it matters most — to lead his defense...

FILE - In this Dec. 1, 2017, file photo, Michael Flynn, center, arrives at federal court in Washington.  (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

Ex-Trump aide Michael Flynn seeks to withdraw guilty plea

Jan. 14, 2020 10:55 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Trump administration national security adviser Michael Flynn filed court papers Tuesday to withdraw his guilty plea, saying federal prosecutors had acted in “bad faith" and broken their end of the bargain when they sought prison time for him. The request came one week after...

Ex-US Treasury worker pleads guilty in Russia probe leak

Jan. 13, 2020 5:05 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A former U.S. Treasury Department senior adviser pleaded guilty Monday to conspiracy for leaking confidential banking reports related to special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe. Natalie Edwards, 41, of Quinton, Virginia, entered the plea in Manhattan federal court, where U.S. District...

FILE - This Thursday, April 18, 2019 file photo shows special counsel Robert Mueller's redacted report on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election as released in Washington. An Associated Press review shows the idea of Ukrainian interference took root during Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, was spread online and then amplified by Putin before some of America’s elected officials made it their truth. (AP Photo/Jon Elswick)

As trial nears, Trump keeps discredited Ukraine theory alive

Jan. 12, 2020 1:07 PM EST

The theory took root in vague form well before Donald Trump laid claim to the White House in 2016. The candidate’s close confidant tweeted about it. His campaign chairman apparently spoke about it with people close to him. What if, the idea went, it was actually Ukraine — and not Russia —...

FILE - In this March 6, 2019 file photo, Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's former lawyer, returns to testify on Capitol Hill in Washington. President Donald Trump's ex-personal lawyer told a judge Friday, Jan. 10, 2020 that he's the victim of a continuing campaign of “character assassination” by prosecutors who oppose his time behind bars being trimmed from three years to one. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

President Trump's ex-private lawyer seeks cooperation credit

Jan. 10, 2020 7:41 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump's ex-personal lawyer told a judge Friday that he's the victim of a continuing campaign of “character assassination” by prosecutors who oppose his time behind bars being trimmed from three years to one. Michael Cohen said in a court document filed in...