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Hicks won't talk about Trump White House in interview

Jun. 19, 2019 12:58 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former top White House adviser Hope Hicks is refusing to answer questions related to her time in the White House in an interview with the House Judiciary Committee, dimming Democrats' chances of obtaining new or substantive information about President Donald Trump as part of their...

With Hope Hicks interview, Dems breach Trump's inner circle

Jun. 18, 2019 9:50 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Judiciary Committee will interview former White House Communications Director Hope Hicks behind closed doors Wednesday, the first time lawmakers will hear from a person linked to the president's inner circle since the release of special counsel Robert Mueller's report. Obtaining...

Attorney Michael Avenatti faces November trial in New York

Jun. 18, 2019 5:35 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — California attorney Michael Avenatti learned Tuesday that he faces a November trial date on charges he tried to extort millions of dollars from Nike. The Nov. 12 trial date was set by U.S. District Judge Paul G. Gardephe at a pretrial hearing in Manhattan. Avenatti participated by...

Sarah Sanders leaving White House job, returning to Arkansas

Jun. 14, 2019 6:20 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — White House press secretary Sarah Sanders, whose tenure was marked by a breakdown in regular press briefings and questions about the administration's credibility, as well as her own, will leave her post at the end of the month, President Donald Trump announced. Trump said Thursday he's...

Sarah Sanders leaving White House job; governor run ahead?

Jun. 13, 2019 9:51 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — White House press secretary Sarah Sanders, whose tenure was marked by a breakdown in regular press briefings and questions about the administration's credibility, as well as her own, will leave her post at the end of the month, President Donald Trump announced Thursday. Trump said he's...

Paraplegic man sues, says Avenatti kept settlement money

Jun. 13, 2019 5:07 PM EDT

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A paraplegic man previously represented by Michael Avenatti has filed a lawsuit alleging the embattled lawyer failed to pay him millions he was due in a settlement with Los Angeles County. Geoffrey Johnson filed the lawsuit Tuesday against Avenatti and his former associates. It...

State Bar wants to stop Avenatti from working in California

Jun. 3, 2019 11:46 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former Stormy Daniels attorney Michael Avenatti says he'll fight a bid by the State Bar of California to keep him from practicing law in the state. The bar on Monday asked the State Bar Court to place Avenatti on involuntary inactive enrollment. It mentions accusations that Avenatti...

R. Kelly charged with 11 new sex-related counts in Chicago

May. 30, 2019 8:45 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Prosecutors charged R&B singer R. Kelly on Thursday with 11 new sex-related counts involving one of the women who accused him of sexually abusing her when she was underage, including counts that carry a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison, making them the most serious he faces. Cook...

The Latest: Kelly lawyer: latest charges 'not really new'

May. 30, 2019 6:52 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on the sexual abuse case against R&B singer R. Kelly (all times local): 5:30 p.m. R. Kelly's lawyer says 11 new sex-related counts filed by Cook County prosecutors against the singer "are not really new." Prosecutors presented the new charges in a Thursday filing. Defense...

Avenatti pleads not guilty to defrauding Stormy Daniels

May. 28, 2019 5:39 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The pugilistic and embattled attorney Michael Avenatti pleaded not guilty Tuesday to defrauding his most famous client, porn star Stormy Daniels, and seized the spotlight to toss a barb at President Donald Trump. Avenatti barely spoke during his three appearances before federal judges in...