Latest Special Counsel investigation into Russia's interference in 2016 U.S. Elections News

Prosecutors use emails to build case against key Trump ally

Sep. 29, 2022 16:59 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Prosecutors cracked open a trove of emails and other communications at a federal trial on Thursday that they say shows how the former chair of Donald Trump’s inaugural committee worked behind the scenes in 2016 to get the future president to embrace the United Arab Emirates and...

Trump's legal woes mount without protection of presidency

Sep. 22, 2022 18:53 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Stark repudiation by federal judges he appointed. Far-reaching fraud allegations by New York’s attorney general. It's been a week of widening legal troubles for Donald Trump, laying bare the challenges piling up as the former president operates without the protections afforded...

Judge tosses Trump's Russia probe suit against Clinton, FBI

Sep. 09, 2022 17:17 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge in Florida has dismissed Donald Trump's lawsuit against 2016 Democratic rival Hillary Clinton and former top FBI officials, rejecting the former president's claims that they and others acted in concert to concoct the Russia investigation that shadowed much of his...

Obstruction now a major focus in Trump documents probe

Aug. 31, 2022 22:39 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI investigation into top-secret government information discovered at Mar-a-Lago is zeroing in on the question of whether former President Donald Trump's team criminally obstructed the probe. A new document alleges that government records had been concealed and removed and...

Trump legal team advances broad view of presidential powers

Aug. 29, 2022 21:27 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A newly unsealed FBI document about the investigation at Mar-a-Lago not only offers new details about the probe but also reveals clues about the arguments former President Donald Trump's legal team intends to make. A May 25 letter from one of his lawyers, attached...

Memo sheds light on decision to clear Trump in Russia probe

Aug. 24, 2022 17:41 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Department officials who evaluated then-President Donald Trump's actions during the Russia investigation concluded that nothing he did, including firing the FBI director, rose to the level of obstruction of justice and that there was no precedent for a prosecution,...

Russia probe memo wrongly withheld under Barr, court rules

Aug. 19, 2022 15:06 PM EDT

The Justice Department under Attorney General William Barr improperly withheld portions of an internal memo Barr cited in announcing that then-President Donald Trump had not obstructed justice in the Russia investigation, a federal appeals panel said Friday. The department had argued...

GOP backs Trump, escalates dark rhetoric after FBI search

Aug. 12, 2022 15:27 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans in Congress who are relying on Donald Trump to excite voters in the fall elections are not only defending the former president against the FBI search of his Mar-a-Lago home but politically capitalizing on it with grave and potentially dangerous rhetoric against the...

Trump says FBI searched estate in major escalation of probe

Aug. 09, 2022 07:09 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI searched Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate as part of an investigation into whether he took classified records from the White House to his Florida residence, people familiar with the matter said Monday, a move that represents a dramatic and unprecedented escalation of law...

US offers $10M reward for Russian election interference info

Jul. 28, 2022 20:56 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department on Thursday offered a reward of up to $10 million for information about Russian interference in American elections, including a close associate of Russian President Vladimir Putin and a troll farm that officials say fueled a divisive social media campaign in...