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DNC suing Trump and Russia because US has 'not imposed sufficient costs" on Moscow for election meddling: Perez
ABCNews.com (WASHINGTON) -- The chairman of the Democratic National Committee said the party’s civil lawsuit against the Trump campaign and Russia aims to deter Moscow from interfering in the 2018 midterm elections. “We have to deter misconduct,” Tom Perez told ABC News’ Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos on “This Week” Sunday. “We've got elections coming up in November. It's hard to win elections when you have interference in elections. And they've done it with impunity. And I'm concerned that it's going to happen again.” The Democratic Party is working to create a "strong voter protection infrastructure," Perez added. "And one way...
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Trump lawyer Michael Cohen is subject of 'epic battle' by prosecutors for his cooperation: Alan Dershowitz
ABCNews.com (WASHINGTON) -- Alan Dershowitz said prosecutors are engaged in "an epic battle for the soul and cooperation of Michael Cohen," the longtime lawyer to President Donald Trump whose office and hotel room were raided by the FBI this month. Dershowitz, a Harvard law professor emeritus, told ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos on "This Week" Sunday that prosecutors could potentially be threatening Cohen with a long prison term if he fails to cooperate. There is "a sword of Damocles hanging over his head," said Dershowitz, who appeared on a "This Week" panel of lawyers discussing the implications of the...
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Meet the prosecutor experts say could be Robert Mueller’s Supreme Court closer
Alex Wong/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- Special counsel Robert Mueller built a team of more than a dozen prosecutors to investigate Russian efforts to interfere in the 2016 election, but experts say one member might best be considered “the closer”: Michael Dreeben. “I don’t have many insights into his legal approach except to say there is no human being, on the planet, with more knowledge about federal criminal law than Michael Dreeben, and no one with more expertise than him,” said Leah Litman, a constitutional law professor at University of California at Irvine. Dreeben is one of the government’s most venerated...
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Presidents Trump, Macron solidify political bromance with state visit
iStock/Thinkstock (WASHINGTON) -- Their relationship began with a show of machismo –- an extended, white-knuckle handshake on their first meeting last year in Belgium. Emmanuel Macron had reportedly studied Donald Trump’s style of domineering power-grabbing handshakes, apparently prepared to avoid being outdone by his counterpart. Instead, it was President Trump who at one point in the 5-second-long handshake attempted to withdraw his hand from Macron's firm grasp. The maneuver marked the start of what has become a close partnership between the two leaders, who recently joined forces along with the United Kingdom to strike Syria earlier this month. "It's no...
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Sessions told White House counsel he would consider resigning if Rosenstein were fired, sources say
ABCNews.com (WASHINGTON) -- Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a phone conversation with White House counsel Don McGahn he would consider resigning if President Donald Trump were to fire Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, sources familiar with the matter confirms to ABC News. The conversation happened a week ago and just days after a meeting at the White House between Roseinstein and Trump. Sources said at the time the meeting was focused on congressional requests for documents from the Justice Department. Sessions' phone conversation was first reported by the Washington Post. Amid speculation that Trump was considering firing both Rosenstein...
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EPA chief recorded a single, one-hour meeting on day 1 of Morocco trip
Jason Andrew/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- The Environmental Protection Agency has released new details about Administrator Scott Pruitt's schedule in Morocco last year that show he was scheduled for only one meeting on the first day of the costly trip. The new details about Pruitt’s schedule came in an updated response to a records request from ABC News and other news organizations on the Morocco trip, which generated controversy both about his spending habits and his justification for being there. Earlier this month, the EPA released the six-page schedule from Pruitt's 47-hour North Africa trip with four pages blacked out. On...
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In memos, Comey describes Trump's reactions to dossier, concerns over Flynn
Drew Angerer/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- In newly released copies of memos written by James Comey, the former FBI director describes what he says were Donald Trump's strenuous and repeated objections to claims that prostitutes visited his Moscow hotel room in 2013 as well as the president's "serious reservations" about his embattled national security adviser."There were no prostitutes; there were never prostitutes," Comey recalled Trump saying in one of the memos.ABC News obtained copies of the memos, which are partially redacted, on Thursday after the Justice Department turned over 15 pages of declassified material to Congress. Top House Republicans had requested...
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'The next generation is us': Chicago teen hopes to change community, gun policy through voting
Ethan Miller/Getty Images (CHICAGO) -- Arieyanna Williams remembers being 9 years old and staring at the two bloody handprints on a wall near the front door of her aunt’s home in Chicago. She pressed one of her small palms against the blood-stained concrete wall as a final goodbye to her father. The night before, Williams was watching classic television shows with her mother while her four younger sisters were sound asleep. She was drifting to sleep when her mother received that frantic phone call from her aunt that forever changed all of their lives. Her aunt told them the bad...
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DNC files federal lawsuit against Russia, Trump campaign and associates
iStock/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- The Democratic National Committee named the Russian government, the Trump campaign, Trump family members, WikiLeaks and others Friday in a sweeping lawsuit making a detailed case for collusion between the Russians and Trump campaign operatives.“No one is above the law and the perpetrators of this attack must be held accountable,” Tom Perez, the DNC chairman said in a statement. “They successfully hacked the Democratic Party in 2016 and they will be back. We must prevent future attacks on our democracy, and that’s exactly what we’re doing today. This is not partisan, it’s patriotic.”The DNC alleges a...
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Missouri Gov. Greitens charged with second felony
Cristina M. Fletes/St. Louis Post-Dispatch/TNS via Getty Images (ST. LOUIS) -- Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens has been charged with felony computer tampering related to his alleged use of a donor list from his veterans’ charity for his 2016 gubernatorial campaign, according to the state's attorney general.It’s the second felony charge the Missouri Republican is facing. Greitens also faces a felony charge related to accusations from his former mistress who alleges he bound her hands with tape, put a blindfold on her, took a partially nude photo of her and then threated to release the photo if she mentioned his name,...
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Coons announces opposition to Pompeo, cuts off path to favorable committee vote
Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post via Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- Sen. Chris Coons, a Delaware Democrat, announced Friday that he will not vote to support the nomination of Mike Pompeo to be secretary of state, officially closing the door on Pompeo’s chances of being favorably recommended out of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee ahead of a full Senate floor vote.Coons, the last Democrat on the panel to announce his position, said in a statement that he was encouraged by Pompeo's commitment to the diplomatic corps that he laid out in his confirmation hearing but concluded that the current CIA director and...
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Strong fundraising numbers boost Senate Democrats in battle to control upper chamber
iStock/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- Most Democratic Senate candidates brought in strong fundraising hauls for the first quarter of 2018, the latest reports show, a positive sign for a party defending multiple seats and leaving some Republicans playing catch up in the race for campaign cash.Democrats are defending more seats on the map in November than the GOP in their uphill battle to win control of the Senate. They need a treasure trove of dollars to defend their seats plus pick up the two they need to control the upper chamber.Adding to the financial pressures are the number of seats the...
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