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The U.S. flag flies over the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Crimes? Impeachment prosecutors, defense lay out arguments

Jan. 20, 2020 12:45 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s defense team and the prosecutors of his impeachment are laying out their arguments over whether his conduct toward Ukraine warrants his removal from office. Trump's lawyers on Sunday previewed their impeachment defense with the questionable assertion that...

FILE - In this Jan. 13, 2020. file photo, President Donald Trump, left, and acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, right, walk along the colonnade of the White House in Washington. The federal government's watchdog agency says a White House office violated federal law in withholding security assistance to Ukraine aid. The Government Accountability Office said Thursday the White House Office of Management and Budget violated the law in holding up the assistance. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

AP FACT CHECK: Distortion in Trump's impeachment defense

Jan. 20, 2020 12:43 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — In his first formal response to impeachment charges, President Donald Trump misrepresented the testimony of a key witness who described an exchange of favors in the Ukraine matter. The claim marked a week of frequent exaggeration and distortion by the president heading into the opening...

The U.S. flag flies over the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Trump defenders push 'no crime' as Democrats seek removal

Jan. 19, 2020 7:07 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s lawyers on Sunday previewed their impeachment defense with the questionable assertion that the charges against him are invalid, adopting a position rejected by Democrats as “nonsense” as both sides sharpened their arguments for trial....

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., takes a reporter's question as Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., announces impeachment managers before sending articles of impeachment to the Senate charging President Donald Trump for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Schiff accuses NSA, CIA of withholding documents on Ukraine

Jan. 19, 2020 6:22 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee is accusing U.S. intelligence agencies of withholding documents from Congress on Ukraine that could be significant to President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial. “They appear to be succumbing to pressure from the...

Analysis: House vote shakes up Louisiana politics, but how?

Jan. 19, 2020 4:00 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The contentious vote for House speaker started Louisiana's new legislative term with yet another controversy, creating waves across the state's political landscape and seeming destined to shape a new relationship between the House and the governor. Louisiana's political class...

Trump impeachment trial tickets available to Rhode Islanders

Jan. 19, 2020 2:44 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Islanders hoping to catch President Trump's impeachment trial live and in person can request tickets from one of their Congress members. Democratic U.S. Sen. Jack Reed is making tickets to the Senate trial that opens Tuesday in Washington, D.C. available to Rhode Islanders. ...

FILE - In this Jan. 16, 2020, image from video, presiding officer Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts swears in members of the Senate for the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump at the U.S. Capitol in Washington. No cell phones. No talking. No escape. One-hundred U.S. senators will soon be stationed at wooden desks, under the threat of imprisonment, as they silently listen to the arguments in the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump. While senators groan about the restrictions _ and will likely violate them at times _ they say the long-standing rules are crucial as they execute their most solemn duty: considering whether to remove the president of the United States. (Senate Television via AP, File)

No escape: Senators to be quiet, unplugged for Trump trial

Jan. 19, 2020 9:00 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — No cellphones. No talking. No escape. That's the reality during the Senate's impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, which will begin each day with a proclamation: “All persons are commanded to keep silence, on pain of imprisonment.” After that, 100 senators will sit...

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks to members of the audience at a campaign stop at Simpson College, Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020, in Indianola, Iowa. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Biden rips Sanders campaign for Social Security attacks

Jan. 19, 2020 7:25 AM EST

INDIANOLA, Iowa (AP) — Joe Biden has called for Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign to “disown” what he calls “doctored video” that some Sanders supporters say shows the former vice president endorsing Republican calls to cut Social Security and Medicare. ...

Daughter's fight wins full-honor burials for POWs, veterans

Jan. 19, 2020 1:01 AM EST

DETROIT (AP) — Army Pfc. Robert Fletcher restarted his life in Ann Arbor after the Korean War, the trauma of combat and captivity never far from his mind. He’d survived nearly three years of extreme hunger, freezing temperatures and psychological abuse as a prisoner of war in Camp No. 5 along the...

FILE - In this Dec. 19, 2019, file photo, Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, chair of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, speaks during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. Murkowski said she's comfortable waiting to decide if more information is needed as part of the Senate's impeachment trial until after hearing arguments from House managers and attorneys for President Donald Trump and questions from members. Murkowski spoke to reporters Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020, from Anchorage ahead of Senate impeachment trial proceedings expected to begin Tuesday. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Murkowski wants to hear case before deciding on witnesses

Jan. 18, 2020 9:02 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski said she's comfortable waiting to decide if more information is needed as part of the Senate's impeachment trial until after hearing arguments from House managers and attorneys for President Donald Trump and questions from members. The Republican said...