Trump calls naming of special counsel a ‘witch hunt’

ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press JULIE PACE, Associated Press NANCY BENAC, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller as a special counsel to lead a federal investigation into allegations that Donald Trump’s campaign collaborated with Russia to sway the 2016 election that put him in the White House. Mueller […]

Former FBI Director Mueller named special prosecutor to probe Trump-Russia ties

ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press JULIE PACE, Associated Press NANCY BENAC, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department abruptly appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller Wednesday night as a special counsel to lead a federal investigation into allegations that Donald Trump’s campaign collaborated with Russia to sway the 2016 election that put him in the […]

Israel lauds US security ties following Trump disclosures

ARON HELLER, Associated Press JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli officials on Wednesday sought to downplay any damage caused by President Donald Trump’s disclosure of classified information to senior Russian officials that was reportedly provided by Israel, and lauded the robust security cooperation with the United States just days before the president is due to arrive for […]

Trump defends sharing terrorism ‘facts’ with Russians

VIVIAN SALAMA, Associated Press DEB RIECHMANN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Tuesday defended his right to share “facts pertaining to terrorism” and airline safety with Russia, saying in a pair of tweets he has “an absolute right” as president to do so. Trump’s tweets did not say whether he revealed classified […]

Trump declares US-Russia relations may be at ‘all-time low’

VIVIAN SALAMA, Associated Press JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Laying bare deep and dangerous divisions on Syria and other issues, President Donald Trump declared Wednesday that U.S. relations with Russia “may be at an all-time low.” His top diplomat offered a similarly grim assessment from the other side of the globe after meeting […]

Trump says US not going to get involved in Syria

VIVIAN SALAMA, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says the U.S. is not going to get involved in Syria but that he had to act because of chemical attacks there. His comments, aired Wednesday on Fox Business News, come less than a week after Trump ordered a retaliatory strike on Syria based on […]

The Latest: Russia says it wants ‘productive talks’ with US

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on U.S. meetings with world leaders on the recent chemical weapons attack in Syria (all times local): 7 a.m. Russia’s foreign ministry says it hopes for “productive talks” with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, as Tillerson heads to Moscow in his first visit to Russia as the top U.S. […]

US strike on Syria is widely hailed, but angers Russia

ZEINA KARAM, Associated Press SARAH EL DEEB, Associated Press BEIRUT (AP) — World leaders rallied around the United States after it launched a missile strike early Friday on a Syrian air base in response to this week’s chemical attack, while Russia condemned the move as “aggression” and suspended crucial coordination with Washington in Syria’s congested […]

Tillerson says Russia has ‘failed’ in Syria; United States sends cruise missiles into Syrian air base

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. missile attack on Syria (all times EDT): 10:30 p.m. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says Russia has “failed” in its responsibility to deliver on a 2013 commitment to secure Syria’s chemical weapons. Tillerson briefed reporters shortly after the U.S. launched cruise missiles against a Syrian air base […]

US ambassador: No question Russia meddled in election

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations says there’s no question Russia was involved in the U.S. presidential election and that the actions of the Kremlin will be addressed after the investigations are completed. “We don’t want any country involved in our elections, ever,” Nikki Haley said in an interview aired Sunday […]