Bolton visits Moscow to talk possible US-Russia summit

MOSCOW (AP) — U.S. President Donald Trump’s national security adviser travelled to Moscow Wednesday for high-level meetings to lay the groundwork for a possible U.S.-Russia summit. John Bolton met Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov for talks that reportedly lasted two hours, after which he headed to the Kremlin for a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. […]

DOJ gives Congress new classified documents on Russia probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department says it has given House Republicans new classified information related to the Russia investigation after lawmakers had threatened to hold officials in contempt of Congress or even impeach them. A spokeswoman for House Speaker Paul Ryan said Saturday that the department has partially complied with subpoenas from the House […]

Trump lawyers’ letter to Mueller challenges subpoena

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s lawyers composed a secret 20-page letter to special counsel Robert Mueller to assert that he cannot be forced to testify while arguing that he could not have committed obstruction because he has absolute authority over all federal investigations. The existence of the letter, which was first reported and posted […]

Russia critic Browder briefly detained in Spain

MADRID (AP) — A prominent critic of the Kremlin says Russia is trying to block his investigation into the murder of a former employee by abusing an Interpol system of warrants that caused him to be briefly detained in Spain on Wednesday. “Vladimir Putin and the Russian government are absolutely infuriated that we are bringing […]

Giuliani says White House wants briefing on classified info

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s legal team wants a briefing on the classified information shared with lawmakers about the origins of the FBI investigation into Russia’s meddling in the 2016 presidential election. And they may take it to the Justice Department as part of an effort to scuttle the ongoing special counsel probe.Rudy Giuliani, […]

Giuliani becomes aggressive new face of Trump legal team

NEW YORK (AP) — Rudy Giuliani, once known as “America’s Mayor” and hailed for helping unite a wounded city after Sept. 11, has become the aggressive face of President Donald Trump’s forceful new legal team. Giuliani, who is bonded with the president by a particular brand of New York bravado, has escalated Trump’s attacks on […]

House chairs say memos prove no obstruction

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican chairmen of three House committees say memos written by former FBI Director James Comey recounting conversations with President Donald Trump show that Comey never “felt obstructed or threatened.” House Judiciary Committee Chairman Robert Goodlatte, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes and House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy […]

Rudy Giuliani to join Trump legal team in Russia probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, an outspoken supporter of Donald Trump since the early days of his campaign, is joining the team of lawyers representing the president in the special counsel’s Russia investigation. With the addition of Giuliani, Trump gains a former U.S. attorney, a past presidential candidate and a […]

Russian begins blocking messaging app Telegram

 MOSCOW (AP) — Russia’s communications watchdog said Monday it has begun enforcing a nationwide ban for the popular messaging app Telegram. Telecommunications providers have been instructed to block Telegram in Russia after a court last week sided with authorities who demanded that the app be kept of the country until it hands over the keys […]

UN rejects Russian attempt to condemn US aggression in Syria

 UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council overwhelmingly rejected a Russian resolution calling for condemnation of “aggression” by the United States, United Kingdom and France against Syria on Saturday, a vote reflecting support for the allied airstrikes on Syrian chemical sites. But the vote at the end of an emergency meeting called by Russia […]