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Trump uses derisive nickname for Rep. Adam Schiff in tweet

Nov. 18, 2018 3:10 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is name-calling Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff for saying Matthew Whitaker's appointment as acting attorney general is unconstitutional. Trump says Schiff shouldn't complain that Whitaker wasn't confirmed by the Senate because neither was special counsel Robert...

Trump says written responses go to Mueller team next week

Nov. 17, 2018 8:40 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he "very easily" answered written questions from special counsel Robert Mueller, though he speculated that the questions had been "tricked up" to try to catch him in a lie. "They're all done," Trump told reporters at the White House early Saturday before...

Trump says he 'very easily' answered Mueller questions

Nov. 16, 2018 10:23 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Friday he had "very easily" answered written questions from special counsel Robert Mueller, though he speculated that the questions had been "tricked up" to try to catch him in a lie. He said he hadn't submitted his answers to investigators yet. "You have to...

Supreme Court challenge filed to Whitaker appointment

Nov. 16, 2018 5:20 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A prominent Washington lawyer is leading an effort to lure the Supreme Court into the dispute over the appointment of Matthew Whitaker as the new U.S. acting attorney general. Lawyer Thomas Goldstein says the high court should rule quickly that President Donald Trump's appointment of...

AP source: Mueller probe to go on, Whitaker tells Graham

Nov. 16, 2018 6:50 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker has told Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham in a meeting that special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation will proceed, according to a person familiar with the meeting. The meeting with Graham and Whitaker Thursday comes as a bipartisan group of...

AP source: Whitaker told Graham that Mueller probe to go on

Nov. 15, 2018 9:58 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker told Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham in a meeting on Thursday that special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation will proceed, according to a person familiar with the meeting. The meeting with Graham and Whitaker comes as a bipartisan group of...

Sri Lankan lawmakers fight in Parliament over PM dispute

Nov. 15, 2018 4:13 PM EST

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — As Sri Lanka's president met with opposition lawmakers over a no-confidence vote against his newly appointed prime minister, thousands rallied in support of the prime minister he ousted, burning coffins representing what they called the death of democracy in the Indian Ocean...

The Latest: Judge rules on requests by Abrams campaign

Nov. 14, 2018 9:43 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — The Latest on the still unresolved election for Georgia governor (all times local): 9:15 p.m. A federal judge has ruled that Georgia's election results must not be certified until the secretary of state has confirmed that certain absentee ballots have been counted. U.S. District Judge Steve...

Flake vows to oppose judges unless Mueller bill gets a vote

Nov. 14, 2018 6:13 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Sen. Jeff Flake said Wednesday that he won't vote to confirm judicial nominees unless GOP leaders hold a vote on legislation to protect special counsel Robert Mueller from being fired. Flake of Arizona and Democratic Sen. Chris Coons of Delaware went to the Senate floor on...

Justice legal opinion backs Whitaker's naming as acting AG

Nov. 14, 2018 6:12 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department on Wednesday released an internal legal opinion supporting the legality of Matthew Whitaker's appointment as acting attorney general as Democrats press the case that President Donald Trump violated the law and Constitution by making Whitaker the country's chief law...