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Court filings link Trump to illegal payments, shed more light on Russian contacts

by Harvest Prude & Mickey McLean
Posted 12/08/18, 11:04 am

UPDATE: In court filings released Friday, federal prosecutors in New York said Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer, arranged hush money payments directed by Trump to two women alleging affairs with him, violating campaign finance laws. Prosecutors, however, did not accuse the president of a crime.

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Comey testifies behind closed doors

by Harvest Prude
Posted 12/07/18, 11:59 am

WASHINGTON—Former FBI Director James Comey finds himself back on Capitol Hill Friday to testify behind closed doors before two House committees. Republicans subpoenaed Comey to appear before the House Judiciary Committee and the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, a summons he initially fought in court. He eventually struck a deal that allows him to talk about the questioning afterward and have a transcript released. Comey’s demands sprung from fears that lawmakers might selectively leak details about the hearing out of context.

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Trump taps William Barr as new attorney general

by Harvest Prude
Posted 12/07/18, 11:22 am

WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump announced Friday he will nominate former U.S. Attorney General William Barr to once again serve as the nation’s top law enforcement official. Barr, 68, is currently a corporate lawyer at the Kirkland & Ellis law firm. He previously served as attorney general in the George H.W. Bush administration from 1991 to 1993. He worked at the CIA from 1973 to 1977 and served in Ronald Reagan’s administration. If confirmed by the Senate, Barr will succeed Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who resigned last month at Trump’s request. Sessions, a former U.S.

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