Russia election interference - updates

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Trump aide Hicks declines to answer Russia hearing questions

Feb 28, 2018 - 7:44 AM

The White House's 29-year-old communications director stuck to answering pre-approved questions, House Intelligence Committee members say

COMMS CHIEF. White House Communications Director Hope Hicks watches as US President Donald Trump takes part in a '€œlistening session'€ on gun violence with teachers and students in the State Dining Room of the White House on February 21, 2018. Mandel Ngan/AFP

U.S. Democrats release counter-memo over Russia probe

Feb 25, 2018 - 11:22 AM

The Democrats' document is the latest salvo in a partisan fight over the Russia investigation

FBI HQ. The FBI headquarters is seen on February 2, 2018 in Washington, DC. Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP

Russia succeeding in sowing U.S. discord – Trump

Feb 18, 2018 - 10:15 PM

'They are laughing their asses off in Moscow. Get smart America!' Donald Trump says in an early morning tweet

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 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

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

CIA chief: Russians will meddle in coming U.S. election

Jan 30, 2018 - 9:45 AM

The 2018 midterm elections will involve all of the 435 members of the House of Representatives and 33 senators

WARNING. In this file photo, Central Intelligence Agency Director Mike Pompeo delivers remarks at The Center for Strategic and International Studies April 13, 2017 in Washington, DC. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP

Trump willing to be questioned 'under oath' in Russia probe

Jan 25, 2018 - 8:15 AM

(UPDATED) Trump confirms that his lawyers are in discussion with Robert Mueller, who is leading the investigation into collusion between the US president's election campaign and Russia in the 2016 election

OPEN TO PROBE. US President Donald Trump speaks during a working session with mayors in the East Room of the White House on January 24, 2018 in Washington, DC. / AFP photo

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

Bannon says under White House orders not to answer House committee

Jan 17, 2018 - 8:16 AM

It is the first time Bannon has testified in the probe of whether campaign associates of the president colluded with Russia in its bid to influence the 2016 US elections

BANNON IN CAPITOL HILL. Steve Bannon, former advisor to President Trump, arrives at a House Intelligence Committee closed door meeting, on January 16, 2018 in Washington, DC. Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP

Trump slams Bannon, says ex-aide has 'lost his mind'

Jan 04, 2018 - 7:12 AM

Donald Trump: 'Steve Bannon has nothing to do with me or my presidency. When he was fired, he not only lost his job, he lost his mind.'

INNER CIRCLE NO MORE. In this file photo, then Senior White House adviser Steve Bannon (L) listens as US President Donald Trump speaks to the press before he meets with his Cabinet in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, DC, on March 13, 2017. Nicholas Kamm/AFP

Ex-Trump aide Manafort sues Mueller, Justice Department

Jan 04, 2018 - 6:59 AM

Manafort charges that the Justice Department and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein gave Robert Mueller excessively broad authority in his investigation of possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia in the 2016 election

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

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

Sessions vows quick decision on possible Clinton prosecutor

Nov 15, 2017 - 7:57 AM

Attorney General Jeff Sessions' comments indicate that Republicans are seeking to mount a counter-offensive to the probe into Russian election meddling – and whether or not Trump's campaign colluded with Moscow to sway the 2016 contest

IN CAPITOL HILL. U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions testifies during a hearing before the House Judiciary Committee November 14, 2017 in Washington, DC. Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP

Mueller just getting started with Russia probe – analysts

Nov 01, 2017 - 2:20 PM

The former FBI chief sends a resounding message of much more to come when he unveiled money laundering charges against Paul Manafort and Rick Gates, and a plea deal with campaign foreign policy advisor George Papadopoulos

JUST GETTING STARTED. This file photo taken on June 21, 2017 shows former FBI Director Robert Mueller, special counsel on the Russian investigation, leaving following a meeting with members of the US Senate Judiciary Committee at the US Capitol in Washington, DC. Saul Loeb/AFP

126 million U.S. users affected by Facebook content from Russian sources – reports

Oct 31, 2017 - 11:39 AM

(UPDATED) Facebook, Google and Twitter are expected to share their findings regarding their own investigations into possible connections between Russian entities and posts, ads, and even videos shared on YouTube


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

Trump campaign aide met Russians on Clinton 'dirt'

Oct 31, 2017 - 7:20 AM

A Trump campaign advisor admits he met with Russians in England as early as March 2016 to discuss meetings between the two sides and was promised "dirt" on Hillary Clinton

In this file photo, then Republican president-elect Donald Trump speaks during election night at the New York Hilton Midtown in New York on November 9, 2016. Jim Watson/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

Speculation rife in U.S. as first arrest in Russia probe looms

Oct 30, 2017 - 7:19 AM

There is no indication of who might be charged or what crimes might be alleged in the ongoing inquiry led by former FBI chief Robert Mueller

RUSSIA PROBE CHIEF. This file photo taken on June 19, 2013 shows then Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director Robert Mueller testifying before the US Senate Judiciary Committee on oversight during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Saul Loeb/AFP

Social media and democracy: Optimism fades as fears rise

Oct 01, 2017 - 7:15 PM

Fears grow over how social media may have been manipulated to disrupt the US election, and over how authoritarian governments are using the networks to clamp down on dissent

Google, Facebook, Twitter asked to testify in Russia probe

Sep 28, 2017 - 8:26 AM

The 3 internet and online social media giants are expected to appear on November 1 in an open hearing on the rising evidence that they were covertly manipulated in a campaign to help Donald Trump win the presidency

The Facebook sign and logo is seen in Menlo Park, California on November 4, 2016. Photo by Josh Edelson/AFP

Special prosecutor ups pressure on Trump with broad data requests – reports

Sep 21, 2017 - 8:55 AM

The New York Times and Washington Post report that Robert Mueller recently asked the White House for records and communications covering 13 specific areas, particularly key actions by Trump since he became president in January

In this file photo, US President Donald Trump leaves the Oval Office as he departs the White House in Washington, DC, May 19, 2017. Jim Watson/AFP

Russian vote meddling led to 'serious mistrust', says Tillerson

Aug 07, 2017 - 12:12 PM

After meeting Sergei Lavrov in Manila Rex Tillerson said he had also warned him Washington was deciding on a response to the Kremlin s decision to order a cut in the size of the US mission in Moscow

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson gives an opening statement during the ASEAN-US Ministerial meeting of the 50th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) regional security forum in suburban Manila on August 6, 2017. Erik De Castro/Pool/AFP

Trump grudgingly signs Russia sanctions into law

Aug 02, 2017 - 10:56 PM

UPDATED Trump bows to domestic pressure and puts efforts to improve ties with the Kremlin in peril

ICONIC DOMES. A policeman walks on the Red Square near the St Basil 's Cathedral on May 6, 2016 in Moscow. Joel Saget/AFP

Trump dictated son's statement on Russia talks – report

Aug 01, 2017 - 11:21 AM

The Post said the president dictated the statement to his son while on a flight home from the G20 summit in Germany

In this file photo, Donald Trump Jr. delivers a speech during a ceremony for the official opening of the Trump International Tower and Hotel on February 28, 2017 in Vancouver, Canada. Jeff Vinnick/Getty Images/AFP

Trump renews attacks on own attorney general

Jul 25, 2017 - 10:36 AM

UPDATED Trump has expressed increasing anger with Attorney General Jeff Sessions as his Justice Department s investigations into possible Trump Russia collusion quickens

This file photo taken on February 9, 2017 shows US President Donald Trump alongside US Attorney General Jeff Sessions after Sessions was sworn in as Attorney General in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC. Saul Loeb/AFP

Kushner denies collusion, insists 'all actions were proper'

Jul 24, 2017 - 6:43 PM

UPDATED Jared Kushner: Let me be very clear – I did not collude with Russia nor do I know of anyone else in the campaign who did so

JARED KUSHNER. This file photo taken on May 23, 2017 shows US President Donald Trump's senior advisor Jared Kushner during a welcome ceremony at the presidential palace in the West Bank city of Bethlehem. File photo by Thomas Coex/AFP

Trump lashes out as presidency hits 6-month mark

Jul 21, 2017 - 7:54 AM

Trump s expansive remarks to The New York Times painted a picture of a president preoccupied by allegations against him

US President Donald Trump looks on during  a Made in America Week event in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, DC, July 20, 2017. Saul Loeb/AFP

Trump says regrets hiring Sessions as attorney general

Jul 20, 2017 - 9:27 AM

UPDATED The president also criticized Attorney General Jeff Sessions recent testimony before a Senate panel which is investigating possible collusion between Moscow and the Trump campaign

In this file photo, US President Donald Trump speaks with Attorney General Jeff Sessions (R) during the 36th Annual National Peace Officers'€™ Memorial Service at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, May 15, 2017. Saul Loeb/AFP

Trump son to testify before U.S. Senate panel

Jul 20, 2017 - 7:37 AM

It put Trump s son and son in law at the center of a burgeoning scandal involving multiple US investigations into whether Trump associates colluded with Moscow in its efforts to tilt the 2016 election

UNDER SCRUTINY. This file photo taken on January 17, 2017 shows Donald Trump Jr. arriving at Trump Tower in New York. John Moore/Getty Images North America/AFP

Trump back on offensive after brief respite in Paris

Jul 17, 2017 - 6:54 AM

The concerted pushback comes as a Washington Post ABC News poll near the 6 month point in Trump s administration shows him facing significantly declining approval ratings

US President Donald Trump at the Elysee Palace in Paris, July 13, 2017. Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead

Trump says Putin would have preferred Clinton win

Jul 13, 2017 - 9:03 AM

In an interview with Pat Robertson of the Christian Broadcasting Network the billionaire president claims his Russian counterpart would have preferred a win by the Democrat Clinton in 2016

DEPARTING. US President Donald Trump gives a thumbs-up as he boards Air Force One prior to departure from Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland, July 12, 2017, as they travel to Paris, France for Bastille Day. Saul Loeb/AFP

Trump probed for possible obstruction of justice – report

Jun 15, 2017 - 8:31 AM

The shift toward investigating the US president in connection with the alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election began days after Trump fired James Comey as FBI director on May 9 the Washington Post reports

UNDER INVESTIGATION. This file photo taken on February 3, 2017 shows US President Donald Trump speaking with reporters on board Air Force One before departing from Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland, bound for Palm Beach, Florida. Mandel Ngan/AFP

Sessions: Russia collusion claims a 'detestable lie'

Jun 14, 2017 - 3:19 AM

UPDATED Sessions fiercely denounces allegations that he acted improperly during a series of meetings with Russian officials – or that he knew of any attempt at collusion by a member of the Trump campaign team

FACING THE SENATE. U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions testifies before the Senate Intelligence Committee about Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election during a hearing in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill June 13, 2017 in Washington, DC. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP

Trump's attorney general Jeff Sessions to face Russia questions

Jun 13, 2017 - 2:42 PM

It comes as political intrigue pulses through the US capital following explosive testimony by former FBI chief James Comey before the same panel last week and as Trump has expressed frustrations with Sessions

OATH. This file photo taken on January 10, 2017 shows then-Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-AL, as he is sworn in before the Senate Judiciary Committee during his confirmation hearing to be Attorney General of the United States, in Washington, DC. Photo by Molly Riley / AFP

Trump considering 'terminating' Russia probe leader

Jun 13, 2017 - 11:46 AM

Newsmax Media CEO Christopher Ruddy makes the comments on the eve of testimony at the Senate Intelligence Committee by US Attorney General Jeff Sessions over the Trump Russia probe

TOP INVESTIGATOR. This file photo taken on May 16, 2013 shows then Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director Robert Mueller in Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Brendan Smialowski/AFP

An increasingly isolated Trump joins the battle of his life

Jun 08, 2017 - 3:25 PM

Less than 6 months into his White House tenure he finds himself locked in his toughest fight yet – the battle to save his presidency

UNDER PRESSURE. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump speaks during Ford's Theatre's annual fundraiser June 4, 2017 in Washington, DC. Brendan Smialowski/AFP

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

Leaked intel report shows Russian hackers probed U.S. voting systems

Jun 06, 2017 - 11:39 AM

The alleged leak of the National Security Agency document by one of the tens of thousands of private contractors to US spy agencies becomes the newest embarrassment for the US intelligence community

SECRET VOTING. In this file photo, a man votes at a polling place at a high school in McLean, Virginia during the US presidential election on November 8, 2016. Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP

Trump will not block ex-FBI director's testimony

Jun 06, 2017 - 8:10 AM

The White House had floated the idea that Trump could invoke executive privilege to protect the confidentiality of presidential discussions

FACING THE HOUSE. In this file photo, then-FBI Director James Comey testifies before the House Judiciary Committee September 28, 2016 in Washington, DC. Win McNamee/Getty Images/AFP

Putin denies knowledge of Trump son-in-law back channel proposal

Jun 05, 2017 - 8:56 AM

Putin again flatly denies US intelligence agencies assessment that Russia meddled via hacking and other means in the US election to help Trump win

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during a session of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) in Saint Petersburg on June 2, 2017. Alexey Druzhinin/Sputnik/AFP

Trump's personal lawyer subpoenaed in Russia probe

Jun 01, 2017 - 8:29 AM

The House Intelligence committee said it had approved subpoenas for Michael Cohen and for Trump s former national security advisor Michael Flynn to appear before them and supply document

SUBPOENAED. In this file photo, attorney Michael Cohen arrives at Trump Tower for meetings with President-elect Donald Trump on December 16, 2016 in New York. Bryan R. Smith/AFP

Clinton blames loss on U.S.-Russia collusion against her

Jun 01, 2017 - 8:09 AM

UPDATED Clinton speaks at length about the campaign of disinformation against her that she said was led by Moscow and influenced the outcome of the campaign

In this file photo, former US Secretary of State and WOV Honoree Hillary Clinton speaks onstage at the Ms. Foundation for Women 2017 Gloria Awards Gala & After Party at Capitale on May 3, 2017 in New York City. Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for The Foundation for Women/AFP

Trump dismisses 'fabricated' report of son-in-law's outreach to Russia

May 29, 2017 - 8:05 AM

Trump: It is my opinion that many of the leaks coming out of the White House are fabricated lies made up by the FakeNews media

UNDER THE MICROSCOPE. This file photo taken on May 23, 2017 shows US President Donald Trump's senior advisor Jared Kushner during a welcome ceremony at the presidential palace in the West Bank city of Bethlehem. Thomas Coex/AFP