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FILE - In this March 6, 2019 photo, Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer, departs the Capitol in Washington. Cohen was denied early release from a three-year prison sentence Tuesday, March 24, 2020, after he pleaded guilty to numerous charges, including campaign finance fraud and lying to Congress. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Ex-Trump lawyer loses effort for early prison release

Mar. 24, 2020 3:48 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A former personal lawyer for President Donald Trump was denied early release from a three-year prison sentence Tuesday after he pleaded guilty to numerous charges, including campaign finance fraud and lying to Congress. U.S. District Judge William H. Pauley III said it seemed Michael...

Convicted ex-Rep. Duncan Hunter, left, walks towards a court building for sentencing Tuesday, March 17, 2020, in San Diego. Hunter faces up to five years in prison after pleading guilty on a corruption charge. Hunter served six terms representing one of Southern California's last solidly Republican districts before he resigned. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Ex-California Rep. Duncan Hunter gets 11 months in prison

Mar. 17, 2020 7:00 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Former California Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter was sentenced Tuesday to 11 months in prison after pleading guilty to stealing campaign funds and spending the money on everything from outings with friends to his daughter's birthday party. The ex-Marine's attorneys had asked for most or...

FILE - In this July 4, 2017 file photo, Russian businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin is shown prior to a meeting of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia. The Justice Department is moving to drop charges against some Russian companies that were accused of funding a social media campaign to sway American public opinion during the 2016 U.S. presidential election. (Sergei Ilnitsky/Pool Photo via AP, File)

Feds dropping case for 2 Russian companies in troll probe

Mar. 16, 2020 10:29 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department is moving to drop charges against two Russian companies that were accused of funding a social media campaign to sway American public opinion during the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Prosecutors said they concluded that a trial, against a corporate defendant with...

Defendant in Giuliani associates' case fights phone evidence

Mar. 16, 2020 6:18 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A Florida man charged with conspiring with associates of Rudy Giuliani to make illegal campaign contributions claims prosecutors shouldn't get to use electronics he mailed to lawyers in the case against him, but prosecutors disagreed Monday. Prosecutors said in papers filed in Manhattan...

GOP Rep. Hunter's son pens letter to keep dad out of jail

Mar. 12, 2020 8:01 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The teenage son of convicted California Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter has penned a letter asking the court to not send his dad to jail for misspending his campaign funds. Hunter, who resigned from Congress in January, is scheduled to be sentenced next week after pleading guilty to...

FEC reviews father's funds funneled to Kansas Rep. Watkins

Mar. 6, 2020 6:17 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Federal Election Commission is examining now-refunded campaign contributions that Kansas Rep. Steve Watkins’ father funneled through the freshman Republican congressman’s sisters and others during the 2018 campaign. Topeka physician Steven Watkins Sr. confirmed Friday...

Indictment: St. Louis official misspent campaign money

Mar. 4, 2020 5:57 PM EST

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A former St. Louis elected official was indicted Wednesday on a federal mail fraud charge stemming from allegations that he misspent campaign funds. Grand jurors returned the indictment against Larry Arnowitz, 66, one day after he resigned as alderman, citing “personal reasons." His...

President Donald Trump waves at a campaign rally Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, in Colorado Springs, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Trump savoring scrambled Dem race, Bloomberg's debate debut

Feb. 21, 2020 12:36 AM EST

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Relishing in Democrats' jumbled primary in the wake of a fractious debate, President Donald Trump offered stinging criticism of his rivals as he sought to take advantage of the moment. Making a rare four-day swing through the West, Trump was exuding reelection confidence...

FILE - In this Oct. 17, 2018, file photo, New Zealand's former lawmaker Jami-Lee Ross talks to reporters outside Wellington Central Police Station in Wellington, New Zealand. A New Zealand lawmaker and three political donors face fraud charges over an alleged scheme to hide campaign donations. Lawmaker Jami-Lee Ross on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, was named along with three other men in the case. If found guilty, Ross faces a maximum penalty of seven years in prison on each of two charges. (AP Photo/Nick Perry, File)

New Zealand lawmaker faces fraud charges over donations

Feb. 19, 2020 12:47 AM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A New Zealand lawmaker and three political donors face fraud charges over an alleged scheme to hide campaign donations. Lawmaker Jami-Lee Ross on Wednesday was named along with three other men in the case. If found guilty, Ross faces a maximum penalty of seven years in prison...