Latest Political corruption News

Trump defends himself against whistleblower complaint

Sep. 20, 2019 11:52 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump repeatedly defended himself Friday against an intelligence whistleblower's potentially explosive complaint, including an allegation of wrongdoing in a reported private conversation Trump had with a foreign leader. The complaint, which the administration has refused...

Kansas judge whose tweets sank higher court bid to step down

Sep. 20, 2019 11:18 AM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas trial-court judge whose past political tweets sank his nomination for a higher court has announced that he will step down from the bench early next year. Labette County District Judge Jeffry Jack said Friday that he will retire Jan. 2 and take a job as a regional director for...

No charges for mayor accused of misusing retirement fund

Sep. 19, 2019 11:08 PM EDT

OREM, Utah (AP) — Utah County prosecutors will not file criminal charges against the Orem mayor who was accused of misusing his city retirement account. The Daily Herald reports the prosecutors' office said in a statement Thursday that it appears dates were altered on Mayor Richard Brunst's withdrawal...

State police union to stop paying ex-president's legal fees

Sep. 19, 2019 9:32 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The union representing Massachusetts State Police troopers and sergeants says it has voted to stop paying the legal fees for its former president who was indicted on several federal charges last week. The Boston Globe reports the State Police Association of Massachusetts voted overwhelmingly...

The Latest: Activist charged in overdose appears in court

Sep. 19, 2019 8:31 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on a federal charge against political activist Ed Buck in a drug death at his Los Angeles-area home (all times local): 5:10 p.m. Ed Buck appeared in federal court after being charged in connection with a deadly drug overdose at his Los Angeles area home, but the political...

Labor pick will seek ethics advice on brokers conflict rule

Sep. 19, 2019 5:10 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's pick for Labor secretary sought to quell concerns among Democrats that he's too close to the corporate world, telling lawmakers Thursday that if confirmed he'll ask ethics officials if he can participate in the crafting of a conflict of interest rule for...

Trudeau can look to US politicians amid brownface scandal

Sep. 19, 2019 3:28 PM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau need only look to the United States for lessons on how to survive the furor over a photo of him in brownface at a costume party nearly two decades ago. A few Southern politicians responded to similar scandals recently with denials, apologies...

North Carolina donor wants political bribery case dropped

Sep. 19, 2019 2:19 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Lawyers for the North Carolina insurance magnate charged with trying to bribe the state's top insurance regulator say the case should be dismissed because he was exercising his right to support elected officials who were responsive to constituents. Greg Lindberg's lawyers this week...

AP Exclusive: US helping Venezuela's Guaido track stolen art

Sep. 19, 2019 11:52 AM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — U.S. officials are investigating the suspected looting of valuable European and Latin American artwork they believe is being quietly plundered by Venezuelan government insiders as Nicolas Maduro struggles to maintain his grip on power. The U.S. Treasury in recent months has sought...

US takes back $100 million from Afghan govt over corruption

Sep. 19, 2019 11:42 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Washington is taking back $100 million intended for an Afghan energy infrastructure project, citing unacceptably high levels of corruption in the Afghan government, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Thursday in a harshly worded statement. The U.S. will still finish the...