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Top U.S. official discussed Trump removal in 2017, says ex-FBI chief

Feb 18, 2019 - 8:48 AM

Former FBI chief Andrew McCabe says invoking the 25th Amendment of the US Constitution was raised by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein

US Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein speaks at a press conference about Chinese hacking at the Justice Department in Washington, DC, on December 20, 2018. The US Justice Department on Thursday announced fresh indictments of Chinese government hackers who allegedly targeted scores of companies in a dozen countries, which US officials said showed Beijing had not fulfilled its pledge to stop such actions. In an operation coordinated with US allies in Europe and Asia, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said the move was being made to rebuff "China's economic aggression."  NICHOLAS KAMM / AFP

Trump blasts FBI counterintel probe into whether he worked for Russia

Jan 13, 2019 - 1:03 PM

US President Donald Trump on being asked if he had ever worked for Russia: 'I think it's the most insulting thing I've ever been asked'

DENIAL. US President Donald Trump denies working for Russia. File photo by Olivier Douliery/AFP

FBI opened probe into whether Trump working for Russians

Jan 12, 2019 - 11:40 AM

(UPDATED) The investigation – a dual counterintelligence and criminal probe – was launched after the president fired FBI director James Comey in May 2017, the New York Times reports

PROBED. US President Donald Trump during a meeting on border security in the Cabinet Room of the White House January 11, 2019 in Washington, DC. Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP

Suspect in PH body-dumping case arrested in 2012 FBI operation

Dec 24, 2018 - 5:11 PM

Mir Islam also served jail time for serial stalking, doxxing, and swatting

MIR ISLAM. Photo courtesy of the Manila Police District

U.S. mail bombing suspect Cesar Sayoc claims Filipino ancestry

Oct 27, 2018 - 10:18 AM

(UPDATED) A relative also tells the New York Times that Cesar Sayoc's father was from the Philippines and that his mother was from Brooklyn

Florida suspect charged over 13 bombs in mail

Oct 27, 2018 - 8:50 AM

'I heard he was a person that preferred me over others,' US President Donald Trump told reporters, but insisted, 'There is no blame'

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 24: A police vehicle sits outside of the Time Warner Center after an explosive device was found this morning on October 24, 2018 in New York City. CNN's office at the center was evacuated Wednesday morning after a package arrived that was similar to suspicious packages found near the homes of Bill and Hillary Clinton, Barack and Michelle Obama, billionaire philanthropist George Soros and other prominent political figures.

De Niro, Biden bring bomb alerts to 10 as manhunt intensifies

Oct 26, 2018 - 11:32 AM

So far, no one has been hurt, but the attempted bomb-spree has frayed nerves and raised tensions

BOMB ALERTS. New York City Police officers stand outside the office of the The New York Times, October 25, 2018 in New York City. Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

Former Trump campaign aide Papadopoulos pleads for light sentence

Sep 01, 2018 - 11:48 PM

His meetings with individuals with apparent Russian intelligence ties in 2016 are the initial reason for the FBI launching the collusion investigation, which now has its focus on President Trump, his family and top advisors

PAPADOPOULOS. This undated image posted on his Linkedin profile shows George Papadopoulos posing on a street of London. Former Trump campaign aide, George Papadopoulos, pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his Kremlin-related contacts, and more specifically on a Moscow-linked professor who was offering 'dirt' on Trump's election rival Hillary Clinton. Photo from LinkedIn/AFP

Text-messaging FBI agent Peter Strzok fired – lawyer

Aug 13, 2018 - 11:59 PM

Aitan Goelman, Strzok's attorney, says the 21-year veteran of the Federal Bureau of Investigation was fired by FBI deputy director David Bowdich on Friday

PETER STRZOK. In this file photo taken on July 12, 2018 Deputy Assistant FBI Director Peter Strzok testifies before a joint committee hearing of the House Judiciary and Oversight and Government Reform committees in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. File photo by Chip Somodevilla/AFP

FBI chief insists: Russia meddled, whatever Putin and Trump say

Jul 19, 2018 - 12:51 PM

FBI director Christopher Wray says: 'The intelligence community's assessment has not changed. My view has not changed.'

THEY MEDDLED. In this file photo taken on June 18, 2018 FBI Director Christopher Wray testifies before the US Senate Judiciary Committee. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Trump calls for prosecuting 'liar' ex-FBI chief Comey

Apr 13, 2018 - 9:45 PM

A Tweet by the US president goes: 'James Comey is a proven LEAKER & LIAR. Virtually everyone in Washington thought he should be fired for the terrible job he did-until he was, in fact, fired'

LIAR. These two file photos show then FBI Director James Comey (left) in Washington, DC, on March 20, 2017; and US President Donald Trump in Washington, DC, on June 6, 2017. Photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

Quo warranto petition oral arguments, Zuckerberg on Facebook, FBI raids Cohen office | Midday wRap

Apr 10, 2018 - 11:58 AM

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FBI shuts down sex classifieds giant Backpage

Apr 07, 2018 - 9:42 AM

Critics accuse Backpage.com of being the biggest website for prostitution in the world

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Apr 03, 2018 - 8:22 PM

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FBI investigates Quiboloy church in Hawaii for trafficking

Apr 03, 2018 - 11:18 AM

The investigation stems from a 2015 case involving a former Quiboloy church member who said she was physically abused for failing to raise enough money

CHURCH LEADER. Pastor Apollo Quiboloy leads the Kingdom of Jesus Christ in Davao City. File photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

U.S. prosecutor Mueller charges lawyer with lying in Russia probe

Feb 21, 2018 - 6:30 AM

Robert Mueller's powerful team of investigators accuses Alex Van Der Zwaan of knowingly making false statements about his communications with Richard Gates

CHARGED. Attorney Alex van der Zwaan leaves U.S District Court after pleading guilty during a scheduled appearance February 20, 2018 in Washington, DC. Win McNamee/Getty Images/AFP

Trump turns on FBI over school shooting after criticism from survivors

Feb 18, 2018 - 4:08 PM

US authorities have come under mounting scrutiny for failing to act on a series of warning signs

TO FLORIDA. US President Donald Trump walks to Marine One prior to departure from the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, February 16, 2018, as he travels to Florida for the weekend. Saul Loeb/AFP

Trump blocks release of Democratic memo on Russia probe

Feb 10, 2018 - 9:30 AM

(2nd UPDATE) Trump has instructed DOJ officials to be available to help the House intelligence committee revise the Democrats' memo, if it so wishes, so as to 'mitigate the risks'

PRESIDENT TRUMP. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump delivers a statement at the White House in Washington, DC, on November 28, 2017. File photo by Jim Watson/AFP

Trump lawyers want him to refuse Russia interview – report

Feb 06, 2018 - 12:21 PM

However, Trump himself has repeatedly stated that he would like to speak with Robert Mueller about the ongoing investigation examining his 2016 campaign's possible collusion with Russia over election interference

MR PRESIDENT. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump speaks before a meeting with lawmakers in the Cabinet Room of the White House on September 13, 2017 in Washington, DC. Brendan Smialowski/AFP

U.S. lawmakers warn Trump vs firing DOJ, FBI chiefs over memo

Feb 05, 2018 - 7:54 AM

The warnings come after the Republican-led House intelligence committee released a declassified memo that claims Democrat-funded research prompted the FBI to spy on a former Trump campaign aide

PUBLIC. The Republican memo released by Congress is displayed on a journalist's computer screen at a newsroom in Washington DC, on February 2, 2018. Eric Baradat/AFP

Trump, Republicans release memo targeting FBI's Russia probe

Feb 03, 2018 - 9:32 AM

US Donald Trump defies his own FBI director and the Justice Department to declassify the 4-page Republican document, which implies malfeasance and partisanship at the very top of American law enforcement

RUSSIA PROBE. The Republican memo released by Congress is displayed on a journalist's computer screen at a newsroom in Washington DC, on February 2, 2018. Photo by Eric Baradat/AFP

Russia election probe circles back to Trump Tower meeting – NYT

Feb 01, 2018 - 1:28 PM

Robert Mueller is zeroing in on the initial response given by the US president's son over a controversial meeting with a Russian lawyer

AT TRUMP TOWER. This file photo taken on January 17, 2017 shows Donald Trump Jr. arriving at Trump Tower in New York.  John Moore/Getty Images/AFP

FBI challenges White House over explosive Russia case memo

Feb 01, 2018 - 7:40 AM

(UPDATED) The release of the memo could sour relations between the president and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which Trump has repeatedly attacked as biased against him

The FBI seal is seen outside the headquarters building in Washington, DC on July 5, 2016. Yuri Gripas/AFP

FBI's No. 2, a Trump target, stepping down

Jan 30, 2018 - 6:43 AM

The FBI's deputy director, Andrew McCabe, is stepping down after having been accused by President Donald Trump of being a Democratic partisan

TRUMP TARGET. In this file photo taken on May 11, 2017 Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe testifies before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Jim Watson/AFP

Sessions questioned in Russia probe as FBI accused of bias

Jan 24, 2018 - 8:30 AM

A report said the president himself could face an interview request within weeks in the probe into allegations of Russian election meddling

QUESTIONED. In this file photo, US Attorney General Jeff Sessions holds a news conference at the Department of Justice on December 15, 2017 in Washington, DC. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP

Trump says he won't fire Mueller

Dec 18, 2017 - 7:04 AM

Republicans have sought to cast doubt on its impartiality and pressed for a new independent prosecutor to investigate anti-Trump bias

CHIEF INVESTIGATOR. Special counsel Robert Mueller (2nd L) leaves after a closed meeting with members of the Senate Judiciary Committee June 21, 2017 at the Capitol in Washington, DC. Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP

FBI agents on Russia probe called Trump 'idiot" – reports

Dec 13, 2017 - 1:33 PM

Special counsel Robert Mueller removed Peter Strzok from his Russia election meddling probe this summer after becoming aware of the emails

TRUMP. This file photo taken on August 8, 2017 shows US President Donald Trump at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey. Photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

FBI chief Wray rejects Trump criticism

Dec 08, 2017 - 10:45 AM

'The agents, analysts and staff of the FBI are big boys and girls. We understand that we will take criticism from all corners. We're accustomed to that,' FBI Director Christopher Wray says in a testimony before the House Judiciary Committee

FBI CHIEF. In this file photo, Christopher Wray testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on his nomination to be the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill on July 12, 2017 in Washington,DC.  File photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Methodically, prosecutor Mueller edges toward White House

Dec 05, 2017 - 4:14 PM

Special Counsel Robert Mueller's end-game – who precisely is in his sights and for what – remains unclear

CHIEF PROBER. In this file photo, Special counsel Robert Mueller (2nd L) leaves after a closed meeting with members of the Senate Judiciary Committee June 21, 2017 at the Capitol in Washington, DC. Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP

Trump denies asking FBI to drop Flynn probe

Dec 03, 2017 - 8:19 PM

(UPDATED) United States President Donald Trump still insists he and his campaign did not collude with Moscow during the 2016 elections

(FILES) This file photo taken on February 06, 2017 shows National Security Advisor Michael Flynn (L) and US President Donald Trump (R) upon arrival at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida to visit the US Central Command and Specials Operations Command.  The White House announced February 13, 2017 that Michael Flynn has resigned as President Donald Trump's national security advisor, amid escalating controversy over his contacts with Moscow. In his formal resignation letter, Flynn acknowledged that in the period leading up to Trump's inauguration: "I inadvertently briefed the vice president-elect and others with incomplete information regarding my phone calls with the Russian ambassador." / AFP PHOTO / MANDEL NGAN

Trump shrugs off Flynn guilty plea in Russia probe

Dec 03, 2017 - 10:11 AM

As the Russia probe overshadows his big legislative win, the Senate's passing of landmark tax cuts, Trump again insists he and his campaign did not collude with Russia

GUILTY PLEA. Michael Flynn (left), former national security advisor to President Donald Trump, arrives for his plea hearing at the Prettyman Federal Courthouse December 1, 2017 in Washington, DC. Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP

Texas church shooter once escaped mental hospital

Nov 08, 2017 - 8:26 AM

The Federal Bureau of Investigation says meanwhile that the bureau has recovered the phone belonging to the gunman, but has been unable to access the device so far

TRIBUTES. Brenda Woldridge (2L) and Meredith Cooper lay flowers at a memorial outside the First Baptist Church, after a mass shooting that killed 26 people in Sutherland Springs, Texas on November 7, 2017. Mark Ralston/AFP

Ex-Trump aides charged as Russia probe accelerates

Oct 31, 2017 - 7:37 AM

(UPDATED) The charges signal a dramatic new phase in special investigator Robert Mueller's investigation, one that holds grave peril for the Trump presidency

INDICTED. Paul Manafort walks outside the William B. Bryant US Courthouse Annex on October 30, 2017 in Washington,DC. Brendan Smialowski/AFP

First charges, plea deal emerge in Trump Russia probe

Oct 30, 2017 - 8:06 PM

(5th UPDATE) Paul Manafort and business partner Rick Gates were charged with allegedly hiding millions of dollars they earned working for former Ukrainian politician Viktor Yanukovych and his pro-Moscow political party

WANTED. In this file photo, Paul Manafort checks the teleprompters before Donald Trump's campaign speech at the Mayflower Hotel April 27, 2016 in Washington, DC. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP

Cybersex traders nabbed in Manila

Oct 20, 2017 - 1:36 PM

Police catch the suspects offering P9,000 to a 17-year-old girl in exchange for sex during a sting operation

SEXUAL ABUSE. Two Filipino cybersex traders are arrested in the US FBI's cross-country operation.

No evidence Obama wiretapped Trump Tower – U.S. Justice Dept

Sep 03, 2017 - 9:17 AM

The FBI had previously shot down the claims that were made as controversy over alleged links between Trump s campaign team and Russia intensified earlier this year

NOT WIRETAPPED. A view of Trump Tower on 5th Avenue, November 16, 2016 in New York City. Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

U.S. Senate confirms Christopher Wray as FBI director

Aug 02, 2017 - 7:32 AM

The high flying criminal lawyer was an uncontroversial choice for the post winning widespread bipartisan backing

CONFIRMATION. Christopher Wray testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on his nomination to be the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill on July 12, 2017 in Washington,DC. Mandel Ngan/AFP

Trump's FBI nominee Wray vows he won't 'pull punches'

Jul 13, 2017 - 7:57 AM

Christopher Wray stakes out an independent line amid worries Trump has sought to stifle the investigation into alleged collusion between his election campaign and Russia

Christopher Wray testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on his nomination to be the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill on July 12, 2017 in Washington,DC.  Mandel Ngan/AFP

FBI probing Michigan airport stabbing as 'terrorism'

Jun 22, 2017 - 1:33 PM

The stabbing at Bishop International Airport in the city of Flint comes amid a wave of jihadist inspired attacks in Europe

PROBE. Montreal Police guard the front of the 4-story building (rear)in Montreal on June 21, 2017, where Amor Ftouhi, who is suspected of stabbing a Michigan airport police officer, lived before traveling to the US earlier this month. Julien Besset/AFP

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Jun 16, 2017 - 1:47 PM

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Trump accuses ex-FBI director Comey of cowardice over 'leaks'

Jun 12, 2017 - 1:00 AM

But Trump s denunciations of Comey only fuel demands that the US president give his account under oath

UNLOADING. Former FBI Director James Comey testifies before the US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, June 8, 2017. Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Trump says '100%' ready to testify under oath

Jun 10, 2017 - 7:19 AM

Trump addresses reporters at the White House for the first time since ex FBI director James Comey s explosive testimony at the Senate

TRUMP. US President Donald Trump pauses during a press conference with Romania's President Klaus Iohannis in the Rose Garden of the White House June 9, 2017 in Washington, DC. Brendan Smialowski/AFP

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Jun 09, 2017 - 7:56 PM

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Trump claims 'complete vindication' after Comey testimony

Jun 09, 2017 - 7:42 PM

The early morning tweet is Trump s first response to Comey s testimony on Thursday before a Senate committee in which he accused the president of lies and defamation

VINDICATED? Donald Trump says James Comey's testimony vindicates him. File photo by Jim Watson/AFP

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Jun 09, 2017 - 2:05 PM

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Jun 09, 2017 - 11:00 AM

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What we learned from Comey's testimony

Jun 09, 2017 - 7:19 AM

Here are the key points of what ex FBI director James Comey had to say in his first public appearance since his ouster

AT THE SENATE. Former FBI Director James Comey testifies during a US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, June 8, 2017. Mandel Ngan/AFP

Comey slams White House 'lies' in blockbuster testimony

Jun 08, 2017 - 10:38 PM

4th UPDATE During almost 3 hours of blockbuster sworn testimony to a Senate panel Comey describes himself as stunned by Trump s very disturbing and very concerning behavior during several private meetings

UNLOADING. Former FBI Director James Comey testifies before the US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, June 8, 2017. Brendan Smialowski/AFP

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Jun 07, 2017 - 1:12 PM

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U.S. holds breath for high-stakes Comey hearing

Jun 07, 2017 - 10:17 AM

The US capital will grind to a halt as sacked FBI chief James Comey testifies about whether President Donald Trump pressured him to halt a probe into an advisor s links to Russia

CENTER OF ATTENTION. In this file photo, FBI Director James Comey prepares to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, May 3, 2017. Jim Watson/AFP