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Republican Romney says he is 'sickened' by Trump's behavior during Russia probe

Republican Romney says he is 'sickened' by Trump's behavior during Russia probeRomney, now a U.S. senator from Utah and an off-and-on Trump critic, was responding to the report by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who described how Trump sought to disrupt the probe into ties between his presidential campaign and Russia. Mueller did not establish that Trump’s campaign team colluded with Moscow and he did not charge the president with obstructing justice, but the report provided extensive details of Trump’s efforts to thwart the probe.



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Trump's 'total and complete exoneration' turns out to be fake news

Trump's 'total and complete exoneration' turns out to be fake newsThe president returned to his portrayal of Robert Mueller's report as "fabricated & totally untrue."



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No sign yet of Trump's tax returns, increasing likelihood of court fight

No sign yet of Trump's tax returns, increasing likelihood of court fightThe likelihood of a court fight over President Donald Trump’s tax returns grew on Wednesday when the U.S. Treasury Department showed no sign of complying with a deadline set by Democratic legislators and Trump himself stuck to his refusal to publicly release them. Republican Trump has consistently refused requests by politicians, journalists and others, stating his reason for not doing so is that the returns are under audit. Tax and legal experts have said, however, that an audit should not prevent their public release, a practice presidents have followed for decades.



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Democrats press Barr over Trump's war on Obamacare

Democrats press Barr over Trump's war on ObamacareAttorney General William Barr was pressed on the Justice Department’s lawsuit against the Affordable Care Act that, if it prevails, would cause millions of Americans to lose their health care coverage.



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US government 'spied' on Donald Trump's 2016 election campaign, attorney general says

US government 'spied' on Donald Trump's 2016 election campaign, attorney general saysDonald Trump’s 2016 election campaign was spied on by the US government, the country’s attorney general said on Wednesday, as he vowed to investigate whether rules were broken in the process.  William Barr, who took up the job in February, said he would look at how the FBI and US intelligence agencies set up the Trump-Russia probe before the 2016 presidential election.  “Spying did occur”, Mr Barr said during a hearing on Capitol Hill, noting at another point that “spying on a political campaign is a big deal”.  He appeared to draw parallels with government spying on the anti-Vietnam War movement in the 1960s, while insisting he did not know if any wronging had occurred.  The comments follow intense pressure from Mr Trump to investigate the Russia probe’s origins after special counsel Robert Mueller’s report found no conspiracy between his campaign and the Kremlin.  Donald Trump, the US president, has claimed 'complete exoneration' from special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation Credit: Al Drago/Bloomberg It was unclear what “spying” Mr Barr was referring to, but Mr Trump’s allies have pointed to a string of actions taken by intelligence and justice officials before the 2016 election as they claim the “deep state” was unfairly targeting the Trump campaign.  One was the wiretap on Carter Page, the former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser, that was applied for and approved before the 2016 election. Republicans have questioned how open US officials were with the court when seeking the wiretap.  Another is the handling of a string of allegations made in a series of memos by Christopher Steele, the former British MI6 agent, about the Trump campaign’s links to Russia. The FBI got hold of his so-called ‘dossier’ before the election.  A third involved Stefan Halper, the Cambridge University academic and former Republican adviser. US media has reported that he approached Trump campaign officials on behalf of the FBI to sound them out over Russia before the election – though that has not been confirmed by the US government.  Carter Page, the former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser who was wiretapped before the 2016 US election Credit: AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin During a hearing of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Mr Barr was asked if he thought spying occurred on the Trump campaign from the US government.  “I think spying did occur. Yes, I think spying did occur,” Mr Barr said.  He went on: “The question is whether it was adequately predicated. And I'm not suggesting it wasn't adequately predicated but I would need to explore that.” Mr Barr referenced rules that curb the government’s ability to spy on political campaigns, saying: “I’m not suggesting that those rules were violated but I think it’s important to look at that.” He said that he would look into whether the FBI and US intelligence agencies acted appropriately. “I feel I have an obligation to make sure that government power is not abused," Mr Barr said.  The comments reflect how quickly attention in Washington has flipped from Trump-Russia links to whether the Russia election meddling probe itself acted inappropriately.  For months Trump acolytes have been framing Mr Mueller’s investigation as a witch hunt and the Russia probe as a “deep state” stitch-up from officials who opposed his presidency.  Supporters of the probe insist that US officials were acting appropriately and in the public interest by investigating claims over the Trump campaign’s engagements with Russian-linked figures.  Adam Schiff, the top Democrat congressman on the House Intelligence Committee, criticised Mr Barr for his use of the term “spying” to characterise how the FBI and justice officials had acted.  “The casual suggestion by the nation’s top law enforcement officer of 'spying' may please Donald Trump, who rails against a 'deep state coup,' but it strikes another destructive blow to our democratic institutions,” Mr Schiff tweeted.  “The hardworking men and women at the DOJ and FBI deserve better.”



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Judge blocks Trump's asylum policy but delays enforcement

Judge blocks Trump's asylum policy but delays enforcementA U.S. judge decided Monday to block the Trump administration's policy of returning asylum seekers to Mexico as they wait for an immigration court to hear their cases, but the ruling is on hold for several days.



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UPDATE 2-White House says Democrats will never see Trump's tax returns

UPDATE 2-White House says Democrats will never see Trump's tax returnsPresident Donald Trump’s tax returns will never be handed over to Democratic lawmakers, White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney said on Sunday, defying an effort in Congress to learn more about the Republican leader’s personal finances. Asked on “Fox News Sunday” if congressional Democrats will succeed in obtaining Trump’s tax returns, Mulvaney said: “Never.



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AOC on Trump's claim his taxes are under audit: 'We didn't ask you'

AOC on Trump's claim his taxes are under audit: 'We didn't ask you'Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez sounds off on the president's claim that his taxes are "under audit."



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Trump's Russia report victory turns sour

Trump's Russia report victory turns sourDonald Trump wanted a victory lap after the apparent flop of the Russia collusion probe, but on Thursday, 11 days later, the president instead found himself being chased in circles. “Members of Mueller’s team have complained to close associates that the evidence they gathered on obstruction was alarming and significant,” The Washington Post said late Wednesday.



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The Mueller interview that wasn't: how Trump's legal strategy paid off

The Mueller interview that wasn't: how Trump's legal strategy paid offMueller had spent 22 months investigating whether Trump or his aides conspired with Russia during the 2016 election, interviewing 500 witnesses. The strategy paid off, insulating Trump from the legal jeopardy presented by a sit-down interview with the special counsel’s team – an interview that Trump had said publicly he wanted to do. There was even a tentative date for the interview – Jan. 27, 2018 – though one of Trump’s lawyers told Reuters he never intended to make the president available to Mueller.



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