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FILE - Then-presidential candidate Donald Trump gives a thumbs up as he speaks with retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn during a town hall, Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016, in Virginia Beach, Va. President Donald Trump has pardoned Michael Flynn, taking direct aim in the final days of his administration at a Russia investigation that he has long insisted was motivated by political bias. Trump announced the pardon on Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020 calling it his “Great Honor.” (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, file)

Trump pardons Flynn despite guilty plea in Russia probe

Nov. 25, 2020 5:25 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump pardoned former national security adviser Michael Flynn on Wednesday despite Flynn’s guilty plea to lying to the FBI about his Russia contacts. The pardon, coming in the waning days of the Trump administration, takes direct aim at a Russia investigation that...

President Barack Obama shakes hands with President-elect Donald Trump in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. President Trump and his allies are harking back to his own transition four years ago to make a false argument that his own presidency was denied a fair chance for a clean launch. Press secretary Kayleigh McEnany laid out the case from the White House podium last week. Obama, who had portrayed Trump as an existential threat to the nation, invited the president-elect to the White House and visited with him in the Oval Office. Obama's aides also offered help to Trump's incoming staffers. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Trump team making false argument about his 2016 transition

Nov. 22, 2020 2:10 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s not just President-elect Joe Biden’s transition that’s under a microscope. President Donald Trump and his allies are harking back to his own transition four years ago to make a false argument that his own presidency was denied a fair chance for a clean launch....

FILE-This Monday, Nov. 16, 2020 file photo shows FBI agents removing items from the German Village home of Public Utilities Commission of Ohio Chairman Sam Randazzo in Columbus, Ohio.   Just days after FBI agents searched Randazzo's upscale townhome in Columbus, FirstEnergy revealed Thursday that the firm of an Ohio regulator fitting Randazzo's description received a $4 million payment for purported consulting work just before taking his government position early last year.    (Adam Cairns/The Columbus Dispatch via AP)

Utility regulator targeted by FBI saw a whirlwind rise

Nov. 21, 2020 2:12 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Sam Randazzo told Ohio state senators last year that he had been poised to retire at the end of 2018 when he was recruited to help the incoming administration of Republican Gov. Mike DeWine review looming big-picture energy and utility issues. Within three weeks of DeWine taking...

FILE - In this June 28, 2020, file photo, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton waits on the flight line for the arrival of Vice President Mike Pence at Love Field in Dallas.  Paxton had an extramarital affair with a woman whom he later recommended for a job with the wealthy donor now at the center of criminal allegations against him, according to two people who said Paxton told them about the relationship. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)

AP Explains: The FBI is investigating Texas AG Ken Paxton

Nov. 21, 2020 12:41 PM EST

DALLAS (AP) — The FBI recently opened a criminal investigation into claims that Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton abused his office to benefit a wealthy donor. The probe, which was confirmed to The Associated Press by two people with knowledge of it who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the...

FirstEnergy: Ohio regulator's firm got $4M consulting fee

Nov. 19, 2020 8:17 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Fired former FirstEnergy executives improperly paid a firm tied to a future Ohio utility regulator about $4 million early last year to terminate “a purported consulting agreement” that had been in place since 2013, one of the nation's largest electric utilities told...

FILE - In this Monday, May 14, 2012, file photo, protesters stand in front of the federal courthouse during the arraignment of hacker Jeremy Hammond, in New York. Hammond, who is serving a 10-year prison sentence for breaking into computer systems of security firms and law-enforcement agencies, will serve out the remainder of his term in a Chicago halfway house, a U.S. Bureau of Prison spokesman said Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

Hacker closing out prison sentence in Chicago halfway house

Nov. 18, 2020 10:42 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Computer hacker Jeremy Hammond, who is serving a 10-year prison sentence for breaking into computer systems of security firms and law-enforcement agencies, will serve out the remainder of his term in a Chicago halfway house, a U.S. Bureau of Prison spokesman said Wednesday. Hammond, who has...

FILE - In this June 28, 2020, file photo, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton waits on the flight line for the arrival of Vice President Mike Pence at Love Field in Dallas. Paxton had an extramarital affair with a woman whom he later recommended for a job with the wealthy donor now at the center of criminal allegations against him, according to two people who said Paxton told them about the relationship. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)

AP Sources: FBI is investigating Texas attorney general

Nov. 17, 2020 7:08 PM EST

DALLAS (AP) — The FBI is investigating allegations that Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton broke the law in using his office to benefit a wealthy donor, according to two people with knowledge of the probe. Federal agents are looking into claims by former members of Paxton's staff that the high-profile...

FBI agents remove items from the German Village home of Public Utilities Commission of Ohio Chairman Sam Randazzo in Columbus, Ohio on Monday, Nov. 16, 2020. (Adam Cairns/The Columbus Dispatch via AP)

Ohio governor deflects questions on public utility official

Nov. 17, 2020 6:39 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Gov. Mike DeWine at a news briefing to discuss the latest measures in the state's effort to control the coronavirus epidemic on Tuesday deflected questions about an FBI search of the Columbus home of his appointee as the state's top utility regulator. DeWine announced in February 2019...

FILE - In the is Oct. 10, 2019 file photo, El Paso Walmart shooting suspect Patrick Crusius pleads not guilty during his arraignment in El Paso, Texas. Hate crimes across the U.S. rose to the highest level in more than a decade as federal officials also recorded the highest number of hate-motivated killings since the FBI began collecting hate crime data in the early 1990s. An FBI report released Monday showed there were 51 hate crime murders in 2019. That includes 22 people who were killed in a shooting that targeted Mexicans at a Walmart in the border city of El Paso, Texas in August 2019. (Briana Sanchez / El Paso Times via AP, Pool, File)

Hate crimes in US reach highest level in more than a decade

Nov. 16, 2020 12:43 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hate crimes in the U.S. rose to the highest level in more than a decade as federal officials also recorded the highest number of hate-motivated killings since the FBI began collecting that data in the early 1990s, according to an FBI report released Monday. There were 51 hate crime...

FILE - In this June 28, 2020, file photo, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton waits on the flight line for the arrival of Vice President Mike Pence at Love Field in Dallas. Paxton had an extramarital affair with a woman whom he later recommended for a job with the wealthy donor now at the center of criminal allegations against him, according to two people who said Paxton told them about the relationship. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)

Texas AG whistleblowers sue for wrongful firing, retaliation

Nov. 13, 2020 5:30 PM EST

DALLAS (AP) — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton abused his office to benefit himself, a woman with whom he was said to have had an affair and the wealthy donor who employs her before retaliating against the members of his staff who reported him to the FBI, a lawsuit by four of the Republican's former...