Latest Campaign finance improprieties News

Trump backs Giuliani, but some aides wish he would cut ties

Oct. 13, 2019 6:37 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Saturday stood behind personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, one of his highest-profile and most vocal defenders, amid reports that federal prosecutors in the city Giuliani led as mayor are eyeing him for possible lobbying violations. Behind the scenes, however, many...

Former Ukraine envoy testifies Trump pushed to oust her

Oct. 12, 2019 9:44 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Testifying in defiance of President Donald Trump's ban, former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch told House impeachment investigators Friday that Trump himself pressured the State Department to oust her from her post and get her out of the country. Yovanovitch told lawmakers...

Former lawmaker's planned congressional comeback clouded

Oct. 12, 2019 12:48 AM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Former Republican Rep. Pete Sessions' climb back into Congress was already off to a rough start, with some in his own party suggesting he was carpetbagging by leaving the Dallas district he lost last fall to try to get elected in a far more rural and politically safe one. Now he may...

Former envoy defies Trump, testifies he pushed to oust her

Oct. 11, 2019 11:10 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Testifying in defiance of President Donald Trump's ban, former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch told House impeachment investigators Friday that Trump himself had pressured the State Department to oust her from her post and get her out of the country. Yovanovitch told...

Nevada governor vows to root out crime in pot marketplace

Oct. 11, 2019 8:28 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada's governor expressed outrage Friday and vowed to tighten control of the state's lucrative legal marijuana marketplace in response to reports that a foreign national contributed to two top state political candidates last year in a bid to skirt rules to open a legal cannabis store....

Arrest of Giuliani associates ensnares 'Congressman 1'

Oct. 11, 2019 4:20 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Businessmen with ties to Rudy Giuliani lobbied a U.S. congressman in 2018 for help ousting the American ambassador to Ukraine around the same time they committed to raising money for the lawmaker. An indictment unsealed Thursday identified the lawmaker only as "Congressman 1." But the...

Florida men tied to Giuliani, Ukraine probe arrested

Oct. 11, 2019 6:33 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two Florida businessmen tied to President Donald Trump's lawyer and the Ukraine impeachment investigation were charged with federal campaign finance violations. The charges Thursday relate to a $325,000 donation to a group supporting Trump's reelection. Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman,...

The Latest: Man connected to campaign scheme held in Calif.

Oct. 11, 2019 5:58 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the arrests of two Florida businessmen tied to President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani (all times local): 6:45 p.m. A federal judge in San Francisco has ordered Andrey Kukushkin held pending a bail hearing to determine whether he is considered a flight risk....

Envoy to Ukraine was removed after pushback on Giuliani

Oct. 10, 2019 8:22 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine was removed from her post after insisting that Rudy Giuliani's requests to Ukrainian officials for investigations be relayed through official channels, according to a former diplomat who has spoken with her. The ambassador, Marie Yovanovitch, is...

Takeaways from the arrests of 2 men with ties to Giuliani

Oct. 10, 2019 7:36 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two Florida businessmen tied to President Donald Trump's lawyer and the Ukraine investigation were charged Thursday with federal campaign finance violations. The indictment contained the first criminal charges stemming from a July 25 phone call in which Trump asked Ukraine's leader to dig...