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Barr: FBI's Russia investigation based on 'bogus narrative'

Dec. 10, 2019 6:51 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General William Barr leveled blistering criticism at how the Russia investigation was conducted, saying Tuesday that it was based on a “bogus narrative” that the Trump campaign might have conspired with Russia during the 2016 presidential election. Barr spoke to NBC...

AP FACT CHECK: How Trump's Russia claims line up with report

Dec. 10, 2019 6:28 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has railed for years against the FBI's investigation into his campaign, making incendiary — and sometimes easily disprovable — allegations. Those statements were put to the test by a Justice Department watchdog report that found much for Trump to claim...

Key dates in the House impeachment inquiry into Trump

Dec. 10, 2019 4:32 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — APRIL 21, 2019 President Donald Trump speaks with then-President-elect Volodymyr Zelenskiy to congratulate him on his election victory. The White House says in a readout of the call that the president underscored unwavering support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial...

Agency halts monitoring of university on sexual misconduct

Dec. 10, 2019 1:14 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Justice is ending its monitoring of the University of New Mexico's compliance with a 2016 agreement on prevention and its handling of sexual assault and harassment on the university's campus. The department told the university in a letter last week that it...

Trump sharply criticizes FBI head after Russia probe report

Dec. 10, 2019 11:40 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump lashed out Tuesday at FBI Director Christopher Wray, expressing dissatisfaction that Wray didn't cast a watchdog report on the origins of the Russia investigation as devastating for the bureau. In an interview with The Associated Press Monday, Wray acknowledged the...

Wray: Report on Russia probe found 'unacceptable' problems

Dec. 10, 2019 8:42 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Justice Department inspector general report on the early days of the Russia investigation identified problems that are “unacceptable and unrepresentative of who we are as an institution,” FBI Director Chris Wray says in detailing changes the bureau plans to make in...

DOJ watchdog report takeaways: Nuance, no total absolution

Dec. 10, 2019 7:16 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department's internal watchdog released a report that found the FBI had a legitimate reason to open up one of the most politically sensitive investigations ever, the Russia probe that began in secret during Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign that eventually was taken...

FBI was justified in probing Trump-Russia, fed watchdog says

Dec. 10, 2019 1:17 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI was justified in opening its investigation into ties between the Trump presidential campaign and Russia and did not act with political bias, the Justice Department's internal watchdog declared Monday, undercutting President Donald Trump’s repeated claims that he has been...

AP Exclusive: Accidental shootings show police training gaps

Dec. 9, 2019 5:32 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — When an Iowa mother tried to take her child from her husband during an argument on a snowy sidewalk in 2015, an officer stepped in to stop the scuffle, but he accidentally fired his weapon as a dog approached. The bullet went through the woman’s arm and into her chest, killing her as...

Watchdog expected to find Russia probe valid, despite flaws

Dec. 8, 2019 3:45 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department's internal watchdog will release a highly anticipated report Monday that is expected to reject President Donald Trump’s claims that the Russia investigation was illegitimate and tainted by political bias from FBI leaders. But it is also expected to document...