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Trump OKs sanctions for foreigners who meddle in elections

Sep. 12, 2018 4:14 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump signed an executive order Wednesday authorizing sanctions against foreigners who meddle in U.S. elections, acting amid criticism that he has not taken election security seriously enough. "We felt it was important to demonstrate the president has taken command of...

Former US security leaders blast Trump for yanking clearance

Aug. 16, 2018 10:57 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former U.S. security officials issued scathing rebukes to President Donald Trump on Thursday, admonishing him for yanking a top former spy chief's security clearance in what they cast as an act of political vengeance. Trump said he'd had to do "something" about the "rigged" federal probe...

Trump yanks ex-CIA chief's clearance, hitting vocal critic

Aug. 16, 2018 12:16 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump abruptly revoked the security clearance of ex-CIA Director John Brennan on Wednesday, an unprecedented act of retribution against a vocally critical former top U.S. official. Later, in an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Trump drew a direct connection between...

The Latest: Trump connects Russia probe, action on Brennan

Aug. 15, 2018 11:39 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the revocation of former CIA director John Brennan's security clearance (all times local): 11:30 p.m. President Donald Trump is drawing a direct connection between the Russia investigation and his decision to revoke former CIA director John Brennan's security clearance....

Maryland senators ask for probe of company with Russian tie

Aug. 7, 2018 5:34 PM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland's senators are asking Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin to review the transaction between a venture fund with Russian ties and a company deeply involved in Maryland's election infrastructure. U.S. Sens. Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin made the request to Mnuchin in a letter...

Trump criticized for not leading effort to secure elections

Aug. 1, 2018 12:27 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — As alarms blare about Russian interference in U.S. elections, the Trump administration is facing criticism that it has no clear national strategy to protect the country during the upcoming midterms and beyond. Both Republicans and Democrats have criticized the administration's response as...

Lawmakers struggling to develop a response to Trump-Putin

Jul. 31, 2018 8:34 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress is producing an unusual outpouring of bills, resolutions and new sanctions proposals to push back at President Donald Trump's approach to Vladimir Putin, shore up relations with NATO allies and prevent Russian interference in the midterm election. But it remains uncertain if any...

Congress struggles with countering Putin after Trump summit

Jul. 30, 2018 8:00 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress is producing an unusual outpouring of bills, resolutions and new sanctions proposals to push back at President Donald Trump's approach to Vladimir Putin, shore up relations with NATO allies and prevent Russian interference in the midterm election. But it remains uncertain if any...