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  • Trump lawyers who fought election results saw Thomas as key

    ERIC TUCKER and MARY CLARE JALONICK|Nov 2, 2022

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawyers who aided former President Donald Trump's efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 election regarded an appeal to Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas as "key" to their chances of success, according to emails provided to congressional investigators and made public Wednesday. The email exchange from December 31, 2020 shows the lawyers discussing ways to delay the certification of results in Georgia, a closely contested state won by Democrat Joe Biden. One lawyer, Kenneth Chesebro, suggested that an appeal to T...

  • Biden won't invoke executive privilege on Trump Jan. 6 docs

    ERIC TUCKER and MARY CLARE JALONICK|Oct 8, 2021

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House said Friday that President Joe Biden will not block the handover of documents sought by a House committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, setting up a showdown with former President Donald Trump, who wants to shield those White House records from investigators. The letter from White House counsel Dana Remus to the Archivist of the United States comes at the start of a potentially lengthy legal battle over the investigation. Trump, who told his supporters to "fight like hell" the m...

  • General: Pentagon hesitated on sending Guard to Capitol riot

    ERIC TUCKER and MARY CLARE JALONICK|Mar 4, 2021

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Department leaders placed unusual restrictions on the National Guard for the day of the Capitol riot and delayed sending help for hours despite an urgent plea from police for reinforcement, according to testimony Wednesday that added to the finger-pointing about the government response. Maj. Gen. William Walker, commanding general of the District of Columbia National Guard, told senators that the then-chief of the Capitol Police requested military support in a "voice cracking with emotion" in a 1:49 p.m. call as r...

  • FBI chief calls Jan. 6 'domestic terrorism,' defends intel

    ERIC TUCKER and MARY CLARE JALONICK|Mar 3, 2021

    WASHINGTON (AP) — FBI Director Chris Wray condemned the January riot at the U.S. Capitol as "domestic terrorism" Tuesday as he defended the bureau's handling of intelligence indicating the prospect for violence. He told lawmakers the information was properly shared with other law enforcement agencies even though it was raw and unverified. Wray's comments before Congress, in a rare public appearance since the deadly Capitol attack two months ago, was the FBI's most vigorous defense against the suggestion that it had not adequately c...

  • 5 key questions for Trump's Senate impeachment trial

    ERIC TUCKER and MARY CLARE JALONICK|Feb 7, 2021

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Arguments begin Tuesday in the impeachment trial of Donald Trump on allegations that he incited the violent mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. A look at five key questions about what to expect when senators hear the case against the former president in the very chamber that was besieged by insurrectionists : _____ WILL TRUMP BE CONVICTED? It's unlikely. While many Republicans were harshly critical of Trump for telling supporters to "fight like hell" and go to the Capitol, their criticism has since softened. The s...

  • GOP Senate report on Biden son alleges conflict of interest

    ERIC TUCKER and MARY CLARE JALONICK|Sep 23, 2020

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Two Republican-led Senate committees issued a politically charged report Wednesday alleging that the work Joe Biden's son did in Ukraine constituted a conflict of interest for the Obama administration at a time when Biden was engaged in Ukraine policy as vice president. But the report also offered no support for President Donald Trump's claim that the Democratic presidential nominee had improperly pressed for the firing of the country's top prosecutor to protect his son. The report did not implicate Biden in wrongdoing, focusi...

  • Trump opposition throws surveillance legislation in doubt

    ERIC TUCKER and MARY CLARE JALONICK|May 27, 2020

    WASHINGTON (AP) — House legislation extending surveillance authorities that the FBI sees as vital in fighting terrorism was thrown into doubt Wednesday as President Donald Trump threatened a veto and Republican leaders and top liberal Democrats said they would oppose it. Ahead of a House vote scheduled for Wednesday evening, Trump said explicitly for the first time that he would veto the measure. A similar version of the legislation had drawn bipartisan support just weeks ago. "If the FISA Bill is passed tonight on the House floor, I will quick...

  • Impeachment takeaways: History lessons, partisan feuds

    ERIC TUCKER and MARY CLARE JALONICK|Dec 5, 2019

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The next phase of the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump moved to the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday with public hearings featuring professors of law who discussed the constitutional origins of Congress' impeachment power. Three of the lawyers were chosen by Democrats, one by Republicans, and the experts split much like the committee, along partisan lines, over whether Trump committed an impeachable offense when he asked the president of Ukraine to investigate his political rival Joe Biden. The lofty a...

  • US envoy says Giuliani was given role on Ukraine policy

    ERIC TUCKER and MARY CLARE JALONICK|Oct 18, 2019

    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 lawmakers for around 10 hours. Lawmakers leaving the closed-door deposition said there were gaps in his testimony, and said Sondland responded "I don't know" and "I don't recall" many times. But they said it was enlightening and damning as t...

  • Whistleblower accuses White House of Ukraine call cover-up

    ERIC TUCKER and MARY CLARE JALONICK|Sep 27, 2019

    WASHINGTON (AP) — White House officials took extraordinary steps to "lock down" information about President Donald Trump's summertime phone call with the president of Ukraine, even moving the transcript to a secret computer system, a whistleblower alleges in a politically explosive complaint that accuses the administration of a wide-ranging cover-up. The whistleblower, in a 9-page document released Thursday , provides substantial new details about the circumstances of the phone call in which Trump repeatedly spoke of how much the U.S. had a...

  • Mueller: No Russia exoneration for Trump, despite his claims

    ERIC TUCKER and MARY CLARE JALONICK|Jul 25, 2019

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Robert Mueller, the taciturn lawman at the center of a polarizing American drama, bluntly dismissed President Donald Trump's claims of "total exoneration" Wednesday in the federal probe of Russia's 2016 election interference. In a long day of congressional testimony, Mueller warned that Moscow's actions represented — and still represent — a great threat to American democracy. Mueller's back-to-back Capitol Hill appearances, his first since wrapping his two-year Russia probe, carried the prospect of a historic climax to a rar...

  • Barr, Mueller trade barbs as Russia probe rift goes public

    ERIC TUCKER and MARY CLARE JALONICK|May 2, 2019

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Private tensions between Justice Department leaders and special counsel Robert Mueller's team broke into public view in extraordinary fashion Wednesday as Attorney General William Barr pushed back at the special counsel's "snitty" complaints over his handling of the Trump-Russia investigation report. Testifying for the first time since releasing Mueller's report, Barr faced sharp questioning from Senate Democrats who accused him of making misleading comments and seeming at times to be President Donald Trump's protector as m...

  • Barr to testify before the Senate as Mueller's report looms

    ERIC TUCKER and MARY CLARE JALONICK|Apr 10, 2019

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General William Barr is returning to Capitol Hill for a second time this week as lawmakers, the White House and the American public anxiously await his release of special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia report . Barr will speak to a Senate appropriations subcommittee Wednesday, the second of two days of hearings about his department's budget. Like members of the House on Tuesday, senators are expected to be more interested in the nearly 400-page document than the budget details. Barr told the House lawmakers that h...

  • Unapologetic Trump Jr.: Not troubled that I met with Russian

    ERIC TUCKER and MARY CLARE JALONICK|May 17, 2018

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Questioned intently by a Senate committee, President Donald Trump's son struck a firmly unapologetic tone, deflected many queries and said he didn't think there was anything wrong with meeting a Russian lawyer at Trump Tower in hopes of election-season dirt on Hillary Clinton, according to transcripts released Wednesday. Asked if he was troubled by the idea that the meeting in June 2016 was part of a Russian government effort to help his father in the presidential race, Donald Trump Jr. said he didn't give it much thought. "...

  • Hotly disputed Russia-probe memo released over FBI protest

    ERIC TUCKER and MARY CLARE JALONICK|Feb 2, 2018

    WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans on Friday released a bitterly disputed, formerly highly classified memo that they say shows surveillance abuses in the early stages of the FBI's investigation into the Trump election campaign and Russia. President Donald Trump, who championed release of the document over the fierce objections of his own Justice Department, declared the memo shows a "lot of people should be ashamed of themselves." The memo, prepared by Republicans on the House intelligence committee, asserts that the FBI relied excessively o...

  • Lawmakers release Russia-linked Facebook ads

    ERIC TUCKER and MARY CLARE JALONICK|Nov 2, 2017

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers on Wednesday released a trove of Facebook ads linked to a Russian effort to disrupt the American political process and whip up tensions around sensitive social issues such as Islam, race and gun control. The ads were released as representatives from Facebook, Google and Twitter faced criticism on Capitol Hill about why they hadn't done more to combat Russian interference on their sites. The few dozen ads, a small sampling of the roughly 3,000 Russian-connected ones that Facebook has identified and turned over to C...