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Frustrated US diplomats fight back in impeachment probe

Oct. 21, 2019 12:31 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Three years of simmering frustration inside the State Department is boiling over on Capitol Hill as a parade of current and former diplomats testify to their concerns about the Trump administration's unorthodox policy toward Ukraine. Over White House objections, the diplomats are...

38 people cited for violations in Clinton email probe

Oct. 19, 2019 4:00 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department has completed its internal investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's use of private email and found violations by 38 people, some of whom may face disciplinary action. The investigation, launched more than three years ago, determined that those 38...

FBI tests find no evidence of wrongdoing in Dominican deaths

Oct. 19, 2019 1:53 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department says FBI toxicology reports on the mysterious deaths of U.S. tourists in the Dominican Republic showed no evidence inconsistent with the island nation's findings of natural causes. The department says "the results of the additional, extensive toxicology testing...

Gabbard fires back at Clinton suggestion she's Russia's pawn

Oct. 18, 2019 8:22 PM EDT

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — It's Hillary Clinton vs. Tulsi Gabbard on the sidelines of the 2020 presidential race. The Hawaii congresswoman fought back unsparingly after Clinton appeared to call her "the favorite of the Russians" in a recent interview and said she believes the Russians have "got their eye on...

US envoy says Giuliani was given role on Ukraine policy

Oct. 17, 2019 11:01 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. ambassador to the European Union told House impeachment investigators Thursday that President Donald Trump instructed him and other envoys to work with his personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, on Ukraine policy and that he was "disappointed" by the directive. Gordon Sondland spoke to...

The Latest: House observes moment of silence for Cummings

Oct. 17, 2019 9:11 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — The Latest on the death of U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings (all times local): 5:20 p.m. The House has observed a moment of silence in honor of Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings, who died Thursday. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, a fellow Maryland Democrat, said Cummings was a quiet man who did...

Cummings, powerful congressman leading Trump probe, has died

Oct. 17, 2019 2:02 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — Maryland Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, a sharecropper's son who rose to become a civil rights champion and the chairman of one of the U.S. House committees leading an impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump, died Thursday of complications from longstanding health problems. He was 68....

Rep. Cummings remembered for friendship, fight for justice

Oct. 17, 2019 12:45 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — Officials and others shared condolences for Rep. Elijah Cummings, who died Thursday morning in Baltimore. Here are some reactions from their statements: PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP "My warmest condolences to the family and many friends of Congressman Elijah Cummings. I got to see first hand the...

Diplomat says politicization of foreign policy disturbed him

Oct. 17, 2019 3:34 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A former top State Department aide testified in the impeachment inquiry that the Trump administration's politicization of foreign policy contributed to his resignation, while the Senate GOP leader briefed colleagues on a possible Christmas impeachment trial. The day's events, interrupted...

Former Pompeo aide testifies; Senate talks impeachment trial

Oct. 16, 2019 9:57 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The swift-moving impeachment probe pushed onward Wednesday as a former top State Department aide testified that the Trump administration's politicization of foreign policy contributed to his resignation, while the Senate GOP leader briefed colleagues on a possible Christmas impeachment...