McGahn defies subpoena for testimony, faces contempt vote

WASHINGTON — House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler gaveled open a Trump-Russia hearing Tuesday with an empty witness chair and a stern warning that former White House Counsel Don McGahn will be held in contempt for failing to appear in defiance of the committee’s subpoena.. “Our subpoenas are not optional,” Nadler said. The panel will hear […]

Judge sides with Congress over Trump in demands for financial records

WASHINGTON — A federal judge ruled against President Donald Trump on Monday in a financial records dispute with Congress and said lawmakers should get the documents they have subpoenaed. Trump called it a “crazy” decision that his lawyers would appeal. The ruling by U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta comes amid a widespread effort by the […]

Trump says he hopes for no war as US-Iran tensions escalate

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump says he hopes the U.S. is not on a path to war with Iran amid fears that his two most hawkish advisers could be angling for such a conflict with the Islamic Republic. Asked Thursday if the U.S. was going to war with Iran, the president replied, “I hope not” […]

Speak Out: Mueller testifying?

Readers reacted to the possibility of Robert Mueller testifying to Congress concerning his recently released report on the Trump administration’s dealing with Russia. • Again, we will see. No Russia collusion. Democrats are in a corner. They like the fact they can say Barr isn’t credible. They can’t say that with Mueller. — Ryan Fenimore […]

AP source: Barr launches new look at origins of Russia probe

WASHINGTON — Attorney General William Barr has appointed a U.S. attorney to examine the origins of the Russia investigation and determine if intelligence collection involving the Trump campaign was “lawful and appropriate,” according to a person familiar with the issue. Barr appointed John Durham, the U.S. attorney in Connecticut, to conduct the inquiry, the person […]

Debate over whether Mueller should testify grows

WASHINGTON — See Bob investigate. Read Bob’s report. Wait, Bob, what? For nearly two years, the nation watched and waited as special counsel Robert Mueller investigated President Donald Trump and his campaign for potential collusion with Russia and obstruction of justice. The release of a redacted version of Mueller’s 448-page report last month offered a […]

House passes $19B disaster aid bill over Trump opposition

WASHINGTON — The House on Friday passed a $19 billion disaster aid bill that would deliver long-sought relief to farmers, victims of hurricanes and floods, and rebuild southern military bases, as Democrats try to dislodge the legislation from a Senate logjam over aid to hurricane-slammed Puerto Rico. The measure passed by a 257-150 vote over […]

Trump says new China tariffs help, not hurt, United States

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said Friday that trade talks between China and the U.S. were continuing in a “very congenial manner” despite new tariffs the U.S. imposed Friday on $200 billion in Chinese imports and Beijing’s vow to retaliate. In a series of blustering morning tweets, Trump also claimed the new tariffs will help […]

Speak Out: Trump’s tax returns

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has made it official: The administration won’t be turning President Donald Trump’s tax returns over to the Democratic-controlled House. Mnuchin told Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal, D-Mass., in a Monday letter that the panel’s request “lacks a legitimate legislative purpose” as Supreme Court precedent requires. In making that determination, […]

House panel votes Barr in contempt, escalating Trump dispute

WASHINGTON — The House Judiciary Committee voted Wednesday to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress, escalating the Democrats’ extraordinary legal battle with the Trump administration over access to special counsel Robert Mueller’s Trump-Russia report. The vote capped a day of ever-deepening dispute between congressional Democrats and President Donald Trump, who for the […]