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Sarah N. Lynch

Democratic senators sue to block Trump acting attorney general

Nov 19 2018

WASHINGTON Three Democratic senators launched a new legal challenge on Monday to President Donald Trump's naming of Matthew Whitaker as acting attorney general, accusing Trump of depriving the U.S. Senate of its constitutional power to act on such appointments.

U.S. House Republican to subpoena ex-FBI head Comey, ex-AG Lynch

Nov 16 2018

WASHINGTON The outgoing chairman of the U.S. House Judiciary Committee is planning to issue subpoenas compelling former FBI Director James Comey and former U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch to be deposed about their decision-making ahead of the 2016 U.S. presidential election, a House Democratic aide told Reuters on Friday.

U.S. prosecutors talking with accused Russian agent to resolve case

Nov 16 2018

WASHINGTON U.S. prosecutors and lawyers for accused Russian agent Maria Butina are engaging in negotiations, both sides said in a court filing on Friday, raising the possibility the case could be resolved with a plea deal.

U.S. Justice Dept denies exploring extradition of Erdogan foe to appease Turkey

Nov 16 2018

WASHINGTON The U.S. Justice Department on Friday denied that it was planning an extradition deal designed to persuade the Turkish president to ease off on a probe over the killing of a journalist in an Istanbul embassy.

Trump endorses U.S. House prison reform bill

Nov 15 2018

WASHINGTON (This November 14 adds "original" to second paragraph to distinguish bill from predecessor; deletes paragraph 3 to remove reference to not including sentencing overhaul; adds detail on new version in paragraph 3.)

U.S. judge refuses Russian firm's bid to dismiss Mueller indictment

Nov 15 2018

WASHINGTON A federal judge on Thursday refused to dismiss criminal charges against a Russian company accused by U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller of funding a propaganda operation to sway the 2016 presidential election in Donald Trump’s favor.

Justice Department calls Trump appointment of Whitaker lawful

Nov 14 2018

WASHINGTON The Justice Department on Wednesday defended the legality of President Donald Trump's appointment of Matthew Whitaker as acting attorney general to replace the ousted Jeff Sessions, rejecting the views of critics that the move ran afoul of the U.S. Constitution and federal law.

Manafort business partner Gates still assisting with Mueller probe: filing

Nov 14 2018

WASHINGTON Rick Gates, a former business partner of President Donald Trump's ex-campaign chairman Paul Manafort, is still cooperating with several ongoing investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 election, according to a court filing on Wednesday.

Maryland goes to court to challenge Trump's attorney general pick

Nov 13 2018

WASHINGTON The state of Maryland launched a court challenge on Tuesday to the legality of President Donald Trump's appointment of Matthew Whitaker as acting U.S. attorney general, saying the president overstepped his constitutional authority and broke federal law.

Maryland files legal challenge to Acting U.S. Attorney General appointment

Nov 13 2018

WASHINGTON, Nov 13 Maryland became the first state on Tuesday to ask a federal judge to decide whether or not Acting U.S. Attorney General Matthew Whitaker was legally appointed by President Donald Trump, according to a court filing.

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