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Trump insists on debunked Ukraine theory, despite testimony

Nov. 22, 2019 10:51 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Friday promoted a debunked conspiracy theory that Ukraine interfered in the 2016 election, a day after a former White House adviser called it a “fictional narrative” and said it played into Russia’s hands. Trump called in to “Fox &...

The Latest: Trump says he doesn’t expect to be impeached

Nov. 22, 2019 8:57 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and the House impeachment inquiry (all times local): 8:55 a.m. President Donald Trump says he does not expect to be impeached, claiming Democrats have “absolutely nothing” incriminating, despite days of public testimony by witnesses who...

Analysis: Lots of impeachment evidence but one thing missing

Nov. 22, 2019 8:09 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — After two weeks of riveting public hearings in the House impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, there is a mountain of evidence that is now beyond dispute. Trump explicitly ordered U.S. government officials to work with his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani on matters related to...

Quid pro quo, domestic errands: Takeaways from impeachment

Nov. 22, 2019 6:27 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump asked a foreign country to investigate a political rival as he enters his reelection campaign. That has been established almost beyond doubt. But Republicans and Democrats agree on little else as they engage in on only the fourth impeachment inquiry in the nation's...

Former White House aide Hill is no-nonsense Russia analyst

Nov. 22, 2019 4:12 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — They heard the measured testimony of career diplomats and the mind-boggling account of a first-time ambassador who declared he was in charge of President Donald Trump’s Ukraine policy. On Thursday, House impeachment investigators got straight talk from Fiona Hill, a no-nonsense...

Former Trump adviser undercuts GOP impeachment defenses

Nov. 22, 2019 12:09 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A former White House official said Thursday that President Donald Trump’s top European envoy was sent on a “domestic political errand" seeking investigations of Democrats, stunning testimony that dismantled a main line of the president’s defense in the impeachment...

Absent witnesses close to Trump hover over impeachment

Nov. 21, 2019 7:45 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — They are the ghosts of the House impeachment hearings. Vice President Mike Pence. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Energy Secretary Rick Perry. Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney. Rudy Giuliani. And perhaps most tantalizingly, the mustachioed John Bolton, President Donald...

White House, GOP senators discuss impeachment trial strategy

Nov. 21, 2019 6:49 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top White House officials met Thursday with Republican senators to discuss strategy for a widely expected Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump but made no decisions about its length or other tactics, two people familiar with the session said. Participants expressed more...

Trumps signs stopgap spending bill, averting shutdown

Nov. 21, 2019 6:36 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Trump on Thursday signed a short-term funding bill, averting the threat of a government shutdown until next month. Trump signed the bill, which will extend funding through December 20, hours before government funding was set to expire. The Senate, by a 74-20 vote, passed the...

AP Exclusive: DOJ would take halted executions to high court

Nov. 21, 2019 6:19 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General William Barr told The Associated Press on Thursday that he would take the Trump administration’s bid to restart federal executions after a 16-year hiatus to the Supreme Court if necessary. Barr’s comments came hours after a district court judge temporarily...