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FILE - In this June 28, 2019, file photo, President Donald Trump, right, shakes hands with Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, during a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Osaka, Japan. Intelligence officials say Russia is interfering with the 2020 election to try to help Trump get reelected, The New York Times reported Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

Intel officials say Russia boosting Trump candidacy

Feb. 21, 2020 6:22 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Intelligence officials have warned lawmakers that Russia is interfering in the 2020 election campaign to help President Donald Trump get reelected, three officials familiar with the closed-door briefing said Thursday. The warning raises questions about the integrity of the presidential...

U.S. President Donald Trump's envoy for the Kosovo-Serbia dialogue, Ambassador Richard Grenell speaks during a press conference after a meeting with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic in Belgrade, Serbia, Friday, Jan. 24, 2020. Grenell is meeting Serbian President Vucic in order to move the dialogue and normalize relations between the two sides.(AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

Trump makes unconventional pick to oversee 'deep state'

Feb. 20, 2020 11:37 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has made an unconventional pick to oversee America’s spy agencies: an unusually undiplomatic ambassador who has had little intelligence experience. The appointment Thursday of Richard Grenell, an outspoken Trump loyalist, as acting director of national...

In this photo taken Friday, Jan. 24, 2020, U.S. President Donald Trump's envoy for the Kosovo-Serbia dialogue, Ambassador Richard Grenell listens Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic during a press conference after their meeting, in Belgrade, Serbia.  Grenell urged the new Kosovo government to abolish punitive tariffs on Serbian goods that have blocked negotiations between the two Balkan rivals. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

How Trump's new intel chief stacks up against predecessors

Feb. 20, 2020 3:12 PM EST

President Donald Trump's new acting director of national intelligence is facing criticism that he doesn't have the right experience for the job. Richard Grenell is the American ambassador to Germany and he's served as a spokesman in various roles in government. But he has little background in intelligence or in...

FILE - In this Nov. 3, 2019, file photo, the south side of the White House is pictured before President Donald Trump arrives. Victoria Coates, a top official on the National Security Council, is being reassigned amid fallout over the identity of the author of the inside-the-White House tell-all book by “Anonymous.”  (AP Photo/Jon Elswick)

Amid 'Anonymous' fallout, NSC adviser reassigned

Feb. 20, 2020 12:29 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Victoria Coates, a top official on the National Security Council, is being reassigned amid fallout over the identity of the author of the inside-the-White House tell-all book by “Anonymous.” Coates, who serves as national security adviser for the Middle East and North...

Russian President Vladimir Putin addresses during his meeting in the Federal Security Service (FSB) headquarters in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020. (Alexei Druzhinin, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Putin hails US for helping prevent terror attack in Russia

Feb. 20, 2020 11:39 AM EST

Russia's President Vladimir Putin on Thursday hailed the FBI for sharing information that helped thwart a terror attack by adherents of the Islamic State group in St. Petersburg during the New Year holidays. Speaking at a meeting with senior officials of the Federal Security Service (FSB), the top KGB successor...

This book covered released by HarperCollins shows “Battlegrounds” by Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster. The book, by President Donald Trump's second national security adviser, will come out on April 28, 2020.  (HarperCollins via AP)

H.R. McMaster book `Battlegrounds' coming out in April

Feb. 20, 2020 10:04 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A book by Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, President Donald Trump's second national security adviser, will have a book out April 28. First announced in the summer of 2018, “Battlegrounds” will focus on national security and foreign policy, including his contentious time with Trump. In...

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is greeted by U.S. ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell as he arrives at Munich International Airport, in Munich, Germany on Thursday, February 13, 2020. (Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/Pool via AP)

Trump taps loyalist Grenell as nation's top intel official

Feb. 20, 2020 9:28 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump announced that Richard Grenell, the U.S. ambassador to Germany, will become acting director of national intelligence, a move that puts a staunch Trump ally in charge of the nation's 17 spy agencies, which the president has only tepidly embraced. “Rick has...

Former national security advisers Susan Rice, left, and John Bolton take part in a discussion on global leadership at Vanderbilt University, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Bolton: Testimony wouldn't have changed impeachment outcome

Feb. 19, 2020 10:57 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Former national security adviser John Bolton on Wednesday denounced the House's impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump as ”grossly partisan” and said his testimony would not have changed Trump's acquittal in the Senate, as he continued to stay quiet on...

FILE - In this Nov. 7, 2019 file photo, the first panels of levee border wall are seen at a construction site along the U.S.-Mexico border, in Donna, Texas. The Trump administration said Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, that it will waive federal contracting laws to speed construction of the border wall with Mexico. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

Homeland Security waives contracting laws for border wall

Feb. 18, 2020 4:15 PM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Trump administration said Tuesday that it is waiving federal contracting laws to speed construction of a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border, moving the president closer to fulfilling a signature campaign promise in an election year but sparking criticism about potential for fraud, waste...

FILE- In this June 26, 2018 file photo, Reality Winner walks into the Federal Courthouse in Augusta, Ga. Winner is serving a five year sentence for mailing a classified U.S. report to a news organization. She is asking President Donald Trump to grant her clemency. (Michael Holahan/The Augusta Chronicle via AP, File)

Imprisoned for leaking secrets, woman seeks Trump clemency

Feb. 18, 2020 2:41 PM EST

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A former government contractor serving time in federal prison for leaking a classified document to a news organization is making an appeal for early release to President Donald Trump, who once tweeted that he considered her crime to be “small potatoes.” Reality Winner,...