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Trump's attorney general switch sparks Russia probe fury

Nov 09, 2018 - 6:20 PM

Trump tweet provokes consternation across Washington, where politicians from both sides have long warned that political interference in Robert Mueller's work cannot be tolerated.

(FILES) 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.  Special counsels like the one named to oversee the probe into Russia's alleged election interference are rare super sleuths with more power and independence than regular US investigators. This time it is Robert Mueller, a former FBI director who took over the high-stakes Russia probe in May after US President Donald Trump fired James Comey as FBI director. The first indictments in Mueller's probe are reported to have been brought by a grand jury and could be made public as early as October 30, 2017.   / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB

Fears for Russia probe as Trump fires Jeff Sessions

Nov 08, 2018 - 7:05 AM

In announcing the resignation – in a tweet thanking him 'for his service' – Donald Trump right away names as acting attorney general Jeff Sessions' chief of staff Matthew Whitaker

FIRED. 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. File photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP

Trump urges U.S. attorney general to probe anonymous op-ed

Sep 08, 2018 - 9:29 AM

US President Donald Trump urges an investigation into the anonymous author of the New York Times op-ed to protect 'national security', deeming the publication of the piece as an act of treason

INVITATION. US President Donald Trump addresses the Pledge to America's Workers event at the White House in Washington, DC.  Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Trump mocks Attorney General Sessions viciously, again

Aug 24, 2018 - 7:55 PM

Trump quoted from a statement Sessions issued Thursday in what was seen as a veiled jab at Trump, who has made the Department of Justice head his punching bag for recusing himself from the Russia election meddling probe.

CLASH. 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. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Trump tells attorney general to end Russia probe

Aug 01, 2018 - 11:09 PM

(UPDATED) Aides rush to limit the damage, insisting Donald Trump is not issuing an order as Jeff Session's boss.

TRUMP AND SESSIONS. 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. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

U.S. attorney general cites Bible to defend family separations

Jun 15, 2018 - 7:55 PM

President Donald Trump's administration backs separating immigrant children from their parents, but some Republican lawmakers are growing uneasy about such border security rules implemented to deter other migrants

INHUMAN. A Mission Police Dept. officer (left), and a U.S. Border Patrol agent watch over a group of Central American asylum seekers before taking them into custody on June 12, 2018 near McAllen, Texas. Photo by John Moore/Getty Images/AFP

U.S. Justice Dept's no. 3 official resigns

Feb 10, 2018 - 7:59 AM

(UPDATED) 'I am proud of what we have been able to accomplish over my time here,' says Associate Attorney General Rachel Brand

BRAND RESIGNS. This file photo taken on February 1, 2018 shows Associate Attorney General Rachel Brand during a summit to discuss efforts to combat human trafficking at the Justice Department in Washington, DC. Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images North America/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

Mexican traffickers starting to produce own fentanyl – Sessions

Dec 15, 2017 - 2:41 PM

China up until now has been the main source of fentanyl, shipping large amounts through Mexican narcotics networks to the US market

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

Trump ends amnesty for 800,000 young immigrants

Sep 05, 2017 - 11:27 PM

UPDATED Our first and highest priority in advancing immigration reform must be to improve jobs wages and security for American workers and their families Trump says in a written statement

Young immigrants and supporters walk holding signs during a rally in support of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) in Los Angeles, California on September 1, 2017. Frederick J Brown/AFP

Trump slams 'evil' racism, singles out KKK, neo-Nazis

Aug 15, 2017 - 9:35 AM

Trump has taken heat from Democrats and Republicans alike for his initial response to Saturday s August 12 violence in Charlottesville Virginia

RAGE. Hundreds of protesters gather outside of Trump Tower along Fifth Avenue on August 14, 2017 in New York City. Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP

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Jul 25, 2017 - 9:19 PM

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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

U.S. attorney general discussed Trump campaign with Russia envoy – report

Jul 22, 2017 - 9:35 AM

The Washington Post quotes a former official as saying the intercepts suggest Jeff Sessions and Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak had substantive talks on Russia related matters

IN HOT WATER. In this file photo, former U.S. Senator and current Attorney General Jeff Sessions waits for the beginning of a meeting of Senate Environment and Public Works Committee February 2, 2017 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Alex Wong/Getty Images/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

U.S., European police say 'dark web' markets shut down

Jul 20, 2017 - 10:34 PM

UPDATED US Attorney General Jeff Sessions says underground websites AlphaBay and Hansa had tens of thousands of sellers of deadly drugs like fentanyl and other illicit goods serving more than 200 000 customers worldwide

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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

U.S. charges 412 people for health fraud, opioid scams

Jul 13, 2017 - 11:46 PM

UPDATED The charges involve doctors and others accused of operating pill mills that pump heavily addictive opioids like oxycodone into the streets through illegal prescription schemes

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Jun 14, 2017 - 8:12 PM

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Jun 14, 2017 - 2:18 PM

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Jun 14, 2017 - 8:50 AM

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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

U.S. attorney general next in scandal's spotlight

Jun 11, 2017 - 10:32 AM

UPDATED US Attorney General Jeff Sessions announces his decision in a letter Saturday June 10 in which he referred to remarks made by fired FBI director James Comey

JEFF SESSIONS. This file photo taken on June 10, 2016 shows Sen. Jeff Sessions, (R-AL), as he delivers remarks during the Faith and Freedom Coalition conference in Washington, DC. Photo by Molly Riley/ AFP

U.S. court maintains block on Trump travel ban

May 26, 2017 - 9:49 AM

The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals says it remained unconvinced that the part of the measure naming the specific countries had more to do with national security than it does with effectuating the president s promised Muslim ban

NEW TRAVEL BAN. Tareq Aquel Mohammed Aziz holds travel documents after arriving from Yemen at Dulles International airport on February 6, 2017 in Washington, DC. File photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images/AFP

Trump accuses Obama of 'tapping' his phone during campaign

Mar 04, 2017 - 8:37 PM

2nd UPDATE Top Obama advisor Ben Rhodes issues a searing response on Twitter: No President can order a wiretap

CHAT. In this file photo, US President Barack Obama (R) and First Lady Michelle Obama (L) welcome Preisdent-elect Donald Trump (2nd-R) and his wife Melania to the White House in Washington, DC on January 20, 2017. Jim Watson/AFP

Trump's attorney general recuses himself from Russia probe

Mar 02, 2017 - 10:40 PM

3rd UPDATE Donald Trump defends US Attorney General Jeff Sessions as an honest man and accuses Democrats of having lost their grip on reality and carrying out a total witch hunt

JEFF SESSIONS. This file photo taken on January 10, 2017 shows 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

U.S. Attorney General under fire over Russian ambassador contacts

Mar 02, 2017 - 2:25 PM

3rd UPDATE The revelation casts a fresh cloud over President Donald Trump s administration and Russia

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions in Washington, DC, February 9, 2017. Jim Watson/AFP

Trump reverses Obama ban on private prisons

Feb 24, 2017 - 1:50 PM

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions says commercial prison operators are necessary for future needs

BUTNER, NC - APRIL 1: A sign stands at the U.S. The Federal Bureau of Prisons Correctional Complex, where convicted Israeli spy Jonathan J. Pollard is housed, on April 1, 2014 in Butner, North Carolina. Pollard, a former Navy intelligence analyst serving a life sentence for spying for Israel more than a quarter century ago, could be released under the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. Sara D. Davis/Getty Images/AFP

White House overturns Obama-era protections for transgender students

Feb 23, 2017 - 9:14 AM

The Trump administration is now leaving it up to states and school districts to decide whether students should have access to bathrooms that do not reflect their biological sex

In this file photo, a gender neutral sign is posted outside a bathrooms at Oval Park Grill on May 11, 2016 in Durham, North Carolina. Sara D. Davis/Getty Images/AFP

Jeff Sessions confirmed as U.S. attorney general

Feb 09, 2017 - 9:07 AM

UPDATED Jeff Sessions widely seen as an inspiration for President Donald Trump s anti immigration policies is just the 6th of 15 cabinet members to be confirmed

CONFIRMED. In this file photo, Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) walks away from a Senate Energy and Natural Resources committee hearing on Capitol Hill, January 31, 2017 in Washington, DC. File photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP

U.S. senators clash bitterly over Trump attorney general pick

Feb 08, 2017 - 12:55 PM

Senate Democrat Elizabeth Warren is reprimanded after reading a 1986 letter critical of nominee Jeff Sessions written by Coretta Scott King widow of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr

In this file photo, US Sen. Jeff Sessions waits for the beginning of a meeting of Senate Environment and Public Works Committee February 2, 2017 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP

Tillerson advances, other Trump nominees considered January 31

Jan 31, 2017 - 3:22 PM

With just 3 of Trump s cabinet members in place so far Republicans have sought to speed confirmation of Trump s other nominees

Former ExxonMobil executive Rex Tillerson testifies during his confirmation hearing for Secretary of State before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, January 11, 2017. Saul Loeb/AFP

Rushed confirmation hearings latest Trump clash with Dems

Jan 10, 2017 - 7:17 AM

The Republican led Senate coordinated with the Trump team to cram in 9 confirmation hearings this week despite Democrats calls to slow the process

The US Capitol is seen in Washington, DC, on November 15, 2016. Nicholas Kamm/AFP

Trump wraps up weekend cabinet search, no new picks

Nov 21, 2016 - 11:35 AM

UPDATED The president elect is clearly seeking to sound out people from a wide range of backgrounds from party stalwarts to business moguls to former rivals

President-elect Donald Trump waves to the media from the steps at the clubhouse of Trump National Golf Club November 20, 2016 in Bedminster, New Jersey. Don Emmert/AFP

Trump fills 3 top posts with security, immigration hardliners

Nov 18, 2016 - 10:24 PM

UPDATED While his picks suggest he is adhering to far right positions President elect Donald Trump make efforts to send reassuring signals about stability and continuity regarding America s place in the world

JEFF SESSIONS. This file photo taken on June 10, 2016 shows Sen. Jeff Sessions, (R-AL), as he delivers remarks during the Faith and Freedom Coalition conference in Washington, DC. Photo by Molly Riley/ AFP

Signs of infighting as Trump weighs key posts

Nov 16, 2016 - 11:05 AM

The high stakes process of filling more than a dozen cabinet posts has been tumultuous by many accounts

US President-elect Donald Trump walks with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R) at the Capitol in Washington, DC, on November 10, 2016. Yuri Gripas/AFP

Trump weighs cabinet picks and 'amended' Obamacare

Nov 12, 2016 - 7:46 AM

3rd UPDATE President elect Donald Trump will meet with his transition team on Saturday November 12 to weigh cabinet picks and discuss Obamacare amendments

TRANSITION TEAM. In this file photo, then Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump (C) delivers remarks with his children (L-R) Donald Trump Jr., Ivanka Trump and Eric Trump during the grand opening ceremony of the new Trump International Hotel October 26, 2016 in Washington, DC. File photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP