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Flynn heads to sentencing, with 'Good luck' wish from Trump

Dec. 18, 2018 10:36 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Michael Flynn could walk out of a courtroom a free man due to his extensive cooperation with federal prosecutors, but the run-up to his sentencing hearing Tuesday has exposed raw tensions over an FBI interview in which he lied about his Russian contacts. The former Trump national security...

Comey says House Republicans are 'shameful' after interview

Dec. 17, 2018 9:15 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former FBI Director James Comey had harsh words for House Republicans on Monday, saying their silence in response to President Donald Trump's attacks on the Justice Department is "shameful." Comey said Republicans "have to have the courage to stand up and speak the truth, not be cowed by...

DOJ files to halt Trump suit demanding financial documents

Dec. 17, 2018 6:15 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department on Monday challenged a federal judge's decision to allow a case accusing President Donald Trump of profiting off the presidency to go forward. Justice lawyers want an appeals court to take the case instead. They filed papers Monday asking the U.S. Court of Appeals...

Malaysia files criminal charges against Goldman Sachs

Dec. 17, 2018 7:54 AM EST

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia filed criminal charges against Goldman Sachs and two former executives on Monday for their role in the alleged multibillion-dollar ransacking of state investment fund 1MDB. Attorney General Tommy Thomas said the government is seeking several billion dollars in fines...

Trump plan for census citizenship question poised for trial

Dec. 14, 2018 9:11 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California's lawsuit against a Trump administration plan to add a citizenship question to the 2020 U.S. census moved closer to trial after a U.S. judge refused to throw out the challenge Friday. The state had presented enough evidence to support its authority to challenge the plan, and...

Senators ask FBI to investigate Blackmun for lying to panel

Dec. 14, 2018 8:02 PM EST

Two lawmakers are asking the Justice Department and FBI to look into whether former U.S. Olympic Committee CEO Scott Blackmun lied to a Senate panel in testimony about the handling of sex-abuse allegations against Larry Nassar. At issue is Blackmun's debunked claim that he discussed the case with USOC staff after...

Sheriff disputes injuries black man suffered in beating

Dec. 14, 2018 5:31 PM EST

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee sheriff's office is disputing the extent of the injuries suffered by a black man beaten by a white officer while handcuffed earlier this month. An attorney for 25-year-old Charles Toney said in a phone interview Friday that hospital records prove Toney suffered a...

Russia probe cost surpasses $25 million since May 2017

Dec. 14, 2018 4:26 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Russia investigation has cost more than $25 million since special counsel Robert Mueller's appointment, according to a new Justice Department report released Friday. The report is the third compiled by the Justice Department to detail Mueller's expenditures as he investigates Russian...

Trump invokes 'advice-of-counsel' defense in campaign probe

Dec. 13, 2018 7:41 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump offered a simple defense Thursday to accusations he broke campaign finance law by directing attorney Michael Cohen to orchestrate hush-money payments to conceal Trump's alleged affairs: He was following terrible advice from a bad lawyer. "I never directed Michael...

Lawyer wants prison for detective who punched handcuffed man

Dec. 13, 2018 1:49 PM EST

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — The attorney for a black Tennessee man whose beating by a white sheriff's officer while he was handcuffed was caught on video said at a Thursday news conference the officer should be fired immediately and then prosecuted. Lee Merritt told reporters in Chattanooga that Charles...