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False statement charges abound in Mueller probe, in contrast to Hillary Clinton case

Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation is abounding with false statement charges against Trump campaign associates, but a Justice Department inspector general report revealed that the FBI and federal prosecutors discouraged charging witnesses under the same offense in the bureau’s probe into Hillary Clinton’s private email server.

Accused Russian spy Maria Butina poised to plead guilty to some charges

Maria Butina, the accused Russian spy who allegedly gathered intelligence on American officials and political organizations, is poised to plead guilty to some charges this week, signaling that the secret agent has likely taken a plea deal with the government.

George Papadopoulos released from prison two days early

Former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos was released from federal prison on Friday morning, after serving 12 days of his 14-day prison sentence as part of his guilty plea to Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

Clinton’s 2020 waffling presents challenge for Democrats

Hillary Clinton insists she doesn’t want to run for the White House again -- yet over the weekend, virtually in the same breath, seemed to leave that door open just a crack, saying she'd still “like to be president.

Mueller's Russia probe nears critical post-midterm phase

Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation is nearing a critical phase -- as the looming midterms could clear the way for a final set of twists and turns in the long-running probe.

Grassley sends criminal referral for attorney Michael Avenatti and Kavanaugh accuser

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley said Thursday he has referred attorney Michael Avenatti and client Julie Swetnick -- who accused Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct-- for criminal investigation regarding a potential “conspiracy” to provide false statements to Congress and obstruct its investigation.

Explosive devices mailed to Obama, Hillary Clinton, others prompt security scare

Numerous packages containing suspected explosive devices were intercepted en route to some of the mostprominent American political figures – including former President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton – putting law enforcement on high alert Wednesday and prompting evacuations and sweeps of facilities across the country.

Trump, Putin to meet in Paris next month, Bolton says

President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin are slated to meet in Paris next month on the sidelines of the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the armistice, White House National Security Adviser John Bolton confirmed Tuesday.

Arrested Dem operative stayed employed despite notoriously ‘hostile’ tactics

The Democratic operative arrested and charged with battery against the female campaign manager for Nevada gubernatorial nominee Adam Laxalt was employedat the George Soros-funded American Bridge for months, despite a reputation on Capitol Hill for what sources described as “hostile” tactics.

Kavanaugh clash fuels fundraising bonanza in final midterm stretch

The historic clash over Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation has fueled a fundraising bonanza for both political parties, according to newly released figures that underscore how the fight has fired up voters in the final stretch before November's midterms.

Trump demands death penalty for cop killers

President Trump on Monday renewed his call for those who kill police officers to get the death penalty, during aspeech to law enforcement officers in Florida.

Trump, Rosenstein meet on Air Force One in wake of ‘wire’ report

President Trump met aboard Air Force One with Rod Rosenstein on Monday, for a long-awaited sit-down in the wake of last month’s bombshell report that the deputy attorney general suggested wearing a wire to secretly record the president and even invoking the 25th Amendment to remove him from office.

Dems wage war on Kavanaugh, court: New battles over legitimacy, impeachment, recusal

The narrow confirmation of now-Justice Brett Kavanaugh over the weekend marked a major political victory for President Trump – and the beginning of a new battle for Democrats, who are now shifting their message to threaten possible impeachment against thenewest high court justice and question the legitimacy of the Supreme Court itself.

Grassley views FBI Kavanaugh file, says it doesn't corroborate Ford claims

Fresh from viewing the much-anticipated FBI supplemental report on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley declared nothing in the document changed his mind and that it was time for the Senate to vote on the jurist's high-court confirmation.

Swing senators praise FBI's Kavanaugh probe, indicating possible support

Republican swing senators on theBrett Kavanaugh nomination indicated Thursday they were satisfied with the FBI’s investigation into sexual assaultallegations against the Supreme Court pick, stirring speculation they could back the embattled judge in the end.

Avenatti emerges with new sworn allegations against Kavanaugh, amid questions over 1st client

As new questions emerge about his first client’s salacious accusations against Brett Kavanaugh, Democratic lawyer Michael Avenatti has produced another sworn statement from a second woman claiming the Supreme Court nominee, while in high school, would “spike” the “punch” at house parties and be “inappropriate” toward women.

Kavanaugh friend Mark Judge agrees to cooperate with FBI probe, denies latest allegations

The high school friend of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, whose name has been drawn into the allegations leveled against the Supreme Court nominee by several women, said Friday he would cooperate with any law enforcement investigation that will “confidentially” probe the allegations, which he “categorically” denies.

House GOP, Deputy AG Rosenstein agree to meet to discuss 'wire' report

House Republicans and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein have agreed to a meeting “in a week or two” to discuss a report that Rosenstein suggested wearing a wire and secretly recording President Trump and other topics, a person familiar with the matter told Fox News.

Prosecutor tells wavering senators she wouldn't charge Kavanaugh, as vote looms

The sex-crimes prosecutor Republicans hired to question Brett Kavanaugh and accuser Christine Blasey Ford at Thursday's hearing told senators the case would not hold up in a courtroom, sources told Fox News—guidance that could prove critical as wavering lawmakers prepare to vote.

Trump postpones meeting with Rosenstein to next week

President Trump has postponed his planned Thursday meeting with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, with the White House saying he did not want to “interfere” with the hearing on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Second Kavanaugh accuser offers message of support for Ford

The lawyer for the second woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct tweeted a message of support on her behalf for Christine Blasey Ford Thursday as she prepares for her highly-anticipated testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Vintage Biden clip on FBI fuels GOP pushback on Kavanaugh probe

Republicans are seizing on a vintage clip of then-Sen. Joe Biden during the 1991 Clarence Thomas confirmation hearings dismissing the usefulness of having the FBI investigate allegations against the Supreme Court nominee.

Trump addresses UNGA on global 'drug epidemic'

President Trump and representatives from the administration committed to “fighting the drug epidemic together” Monday at the first event of the week-long United Nations General Assembly forum.

Agencies scramble to prep Russia probe files for release after sweeping Trump order

Intelligence agencies are scrambling to prepare files related to the Russia probe after a sweeping order by President Trump to declassify several key documents, including pages for renewed Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrants against former campaign aide Carter Page and text messages from disgraced former FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page.

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