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This undated image released by the House Judiciary Committee from documents provided by Lev Parnas to the committee in the impeachment probe against President Donald Trump, shows a photo of Lev Parnas with Trump in Florida. Parnas, a close associate of Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani is claiming Trump was directly involved in the effort to pressure Ukraine to investigate Democratic rival Joe Biden. Trump on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, repeated denials that he is acquainted with Parnas, despite numerous photos that have emerged of the two men together. (House Judiciary Committee via AP)

Giuliani associate names Trump, Pence, more in Ukraine plan

Jan. 17, 2020 12:27 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A close associate of President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani is claiming Trump was directly involved in the effort to pressure Ukraine to investigate Democratic rival Joe Biden. Lev Parnas says he delivered an ultimatum in May, at Giuliani's behest, to the incoming...

FILE - In this March 6, 2019 file photo, Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's former lawyer, returns to testify on Capitol Hill in Washington. President Donald Trump's ex-personal lawyer told a judge Friday, Jan. 10, 2020 that he's the victim of a continuing campaign of “character assassination” by prosecutors who oppose his time behind bars being trimmed from three years to one. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

President Trump's ex-private lawyer seeks cooperation credit

Jan. 10, 2020 7:41 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump's ex-personal lawyer told a judge Friday that he's the victim of a continuing campaign of “character assassination” by prosecutors who oppose his time behind bars being trimmed from three years to one. Michael Cohen said in a court document filed in...

Lawyer: Unjust tactics used in election probe of foreigners

Jan. 9, 2020 6:23 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Claims by federal prosecutors that they've acted lawfully in their probe of two associates of Rudy Giuliani charged with illegally funneling foreign money into U.S. political campaigns only helps prove that they used unfair surveillance tactics to build their case, a defense lawyer said...

FILE - This Dec. 3, 2019 file photo shows California Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter leaveing federal court in San Diego. Hunter submitted his resignation Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, effective Jan. 13, after pleading guilty to a corruption charge, leaving one of the GOP's few remaining House seats in heavily Democratic California. Hunter's departure ends his family's political dynasty in which he and his father, Duncan L. Hunter, represented the San Diego County district for nearly 30 years. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)

GOP Rep. Duncan Hunter resigns after corruption conviction

Jan. 7, 2020 6:19 PM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Republican U.S. Rep. Duncan D. Hunter submitted his resignation Tuesday, one month after pleading guilty to a corruption charge, leaving vacant one of the GOP's few remaining House seats in heavily Democratic California. Hunter's departure effective Jan. 13 ends his family's political...

In this Nov. 22, 2019 file photo, Imaad Zuberi, left, leaves the federal courthouse with his attorney Thomas O'Brien, right, in Los Angeles. Federal prosecutors on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, charged Zuberi, a major donor to President Donald Trump's Inaugural Committee, with obstructing a federal investigation into whether foreign nationals unlawfully contributed to the inaugural celebrations. (AP Photo/Brian Melley, File)

Trump donor charged with obstructing inauguration inquiry

Jan. 7, 2020 3:46 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Federal prosecutors on Tuesday charged a major donor to President Donald Trump’s inaugural committee with obstructing a federal investigation into whether foreign nationals unlawfully contributed to the inaugural celebrations. The donor, Imaad Zuberi, recently pleaded guilty in a...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019, file photo, California Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter speaks after leaving federal court in San Diego. Hunter is staying mum on when he will resign following his guilty plea for siphoning campaign money for personal expenses, drawing the ire of a fellow Republican seeking to replace him. Hunter said last month that he would step down

California Rep. Duncan Hunter silent on when he will resign

Jan. 3, 2020 6:42 PM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter of California is staying silent on when he will resign after he pleaded guilty to using campaign money for personal expenses, drawing the ire of a fellow Republican who wants to replace him. The six-term congressman said last month that he would step down...

Judge: Indicted Giuliani associate may give records to House

Jan. 3, 2020 12:26 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge on Friday allowed a Rudy Giuliani associate indicted on campaign finance charges to turn over documents to Congress as part of the impeachment proceeding against President Donald Trump. U.S. District Court Judge Paul Oetken granted Lev Parnas' request to turn over to the...

Tawanna Gaines, a former Maryland delegate, arrives at the U.S. District Court in Greenbelt, Md., for a hearing, Friday, Jan. 3, 2020. Gaines, a Democrat who served in the Maryland House of Delegates since 2001 before resigning in 2019, is scheduled to be sentenced after pleading guilty to a charge that she illegally used campaign funds for her personal benefit. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Ex-Maryland lawmaker sentenced to prison for misusing funds

Jan. 3, 2020 12:24 PM EST

GREENBELT, Md. (AP) — A former Maryland state lawmaker was sentenced Friday to six months in prison followed by two months of home detention for misusing campaign funds for her personal benefit. Tawanna Gaines, a Democrat who had served in the Maryland House of Delegates since 2001, also must pay $22,565...

In this image made from a video, Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen gives an annual New Year's statement to the media in Taipei, Taiwan Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020. (APTN via AP)

Taiwan's Tsai defends Anti-Infiltration Law aimed at China

Jan. 1, 2020 12:54 AM EST

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — China has been relentless in its attempts to influence and infiltrate Taiwan's politics and society but the island's new ban on political interference should have no effect on normal exchanges between the sides, Taiwan's president said in her New Year's address. The Anti-Subversion...

FILE - In this Monday, Dec. 2, 2019, file photo, Lev Parnas arrives to court in New York. Andrew Favorov, the No. 2 at Ukraine’s state-run gas company Naftogaz, says he sat on the red leather banquette and listened wide-eyed as men boasted of their connections to President Donald Trump and proposed selling large quantities of liquified natural gas from Texas to Ukraine. The gas deal never came to pass, but it’s now the subject of a U.S. federal criminal investigation of the two men, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, and their close associate, Rudy Giuliani. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

Indicted Giuliani associate wants to give documents to House

Dec. 31, 2019 10:34 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A Rudy Giuliani associate who was indicted on campaign finance charges is asking a judge to allow him to turn over documents to Congress as part of the impeachment proceeding against President Donald Trump. Lev Parnas wants to turn over to the House intelligence committee documents and data...