Trump allies headed to Laxalt event in northern Nevada
GARDNERVILLE, Nev. (AP) — White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney, former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and former U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke will be among the coterie of...
WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee suggested on Wednesday that former Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker may have had conversations with President Donald Trump...
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on former acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker returning to Capitol Hill (all times local):
The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee is...
WASHINGTON (AP) — Former acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker will meet behind closed doors with leaders of the House Judiciary Committee to clarify testimony he gave last month.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Former acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker has left the Justice Department.
Justice Department spokeswoman Kerri Kupec says Whitaker's last day was...
Whitaker to return to House to clarify public testimony
WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee says former acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker will return to Capitol Hill to clarify testimony he gave earlier this...
Mueller report looming, new attorney general in hot seat
WASHINGTON (AP) — William Barr has been attorney general for just one week but is on the cusp of staring down what will almost certainly be the most consequential decision of his long career: how...
Whitaker remains at Justice Dept. but in different role
WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker remains at the Justice Department, but in a very different role.
Whitaker, who last week appeared before the House Judiciary Committee, now works as a senior counselor in the office of the associate attorney general. That office oversees the Justice Department's civil litigation as well as matters including civil rights, environmental and antitrust.
House panel asks Whitaker to clarify “incomplete” testimony
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler said Wednesday that many of the answers that Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker gave his committee in a hearing last week were "unsatisfactory, incomplete or contradicted by other evidence," and he is asking for further clarification.
Acting AG overseeing Mueller probe says he’s not interfered
WASHINGTON (AP) — Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker said on Friday that he has "not interfered in any way" in the special counsel's Russia investigation as he faced a contentious and partisan congressional hearing in his waning days on the job.
Whitaker has time on his mind under Democratic grilling
WASHINGTON (AP) — Tick-tock.
Time seemed to be on acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker's mind Friday when House Democrats trained their new oversight powers on his stewardship of the Trump administration's Justice Department. That's at least in part because his stewardship began in November with Jeff Sessions' resignation and could end next week if the Senate confirms William Barr to the post.
The Latest: Whitaker won’t answer ‘witch hunt’ question
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker's appearance before a House committee (all times local):
Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker has declined to answer a question about whether special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation is a "witch hunt."
Whitaker: ‘I have not interfered’ in Mueller probe
Whitaker confirmed to appear before panel as scheduled
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department said Thursday that Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker will testify before the House Judiciary Committee on Friday as scheduled, ending a day's worth of uncertainty over whether he would appear.
The Latest: Whitaker now confirmed to attend panel hearing
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Congress and Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker (all times local):
The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee says Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker will appear before the panel Friday.
Senate panel approves Trump’s attorney general nominee
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Judiciary Committee approved William Barr's nomination for attorney general along party lines Thursday, with Republicans praising his credentials and Democrats questioning how transparent he'll be once special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation concludes.
The vote now heads to the full Senate, where Barr is expected to be confirmed in a vote as soon as next week.
House panel to vote on subpoena for acting attorney general
WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the House Judiciary Committee says he will hold a vote Thursday to approve a subpoena for Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker just in case he doesn't show up for scheduled testimony a day later.
Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., says he is holding the vote "in an abundance of caution" to ensure that Whitaker appears and "answers our questions cleanly."
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Trump says release of Mueller report up to attorney general
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says it's "totally up to" his attorney general whether the public gets to read special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia report.
Trump was asked on CBS' "Face the Nation" whether he'd have a problem with a public release. He said: "I don't know. It depends. I have no idea what it's going to say."
Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker said last week the probe is "close to being completed."
Lawmakers press for a full Russia probe report from Mueller
WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers appear increasingly nervous that Congress and the public won't see a full report when special counsel Robert Mueller is finished with his Russia probe, including what the investigation finds about President Donald Trump.
DOJ’s Whitaker says Russia probe ‘close’ to being completed
WASHINGTON (AP) — The special counsel's Russia probe is "close to being completed," the acting attorney general said in the first official sign that the investigation may be wrapping up.
Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker's comments Monday were a departure for the Justice Department, which rarely comments on the state of the investigation into whether President Donald Trump's campaign coordinated with Russia during the 2016 presidential election.
Whitaker: Mueller probe ‘close to being complete’
Acting AG Whitaker to testify as Democrats ramp up oversight
WASHINGTON (AP) — Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker will testify before the House Judiciary Committee on Feb. 8, appearing as one of the new Democratic majority's first witnesses as they seek to provide more stringent oversight of President Donald Trump.
Supreme Court stays out of dispute over Whitaker appointment
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is refusing to be drawn into a dispute over the appointment of Matthew Whitaker as the acting U.S. attorney general.
The justices on Monday rejected an appeal in a case dealing with gun rights that also included a challenge to President Donald Trump's appointment of Whitaker to temporarily lead the Justice Department.
3 Senate Democrats press ahead with Whitaker lawsuit
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Three Senate Democrats who filed a lawsuit arguing that Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker's appointment is unconstitutional say the Trump administration is using the partial government shutdown to delay the case.
U.S. Sens. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island and Mazie Hirono of Hawaii filed a legal brief Friday opposing a motion by the administration asking the court to stay the case because of the shutdown.
Graham says Barr expressed confidence in special counsel
WASHINGTON (AP) — The new chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee said attorney general nominee William Barr has confidence in special counsel Robert Mueller and will let him complete his Russia investigation.
Whitaker rejected advice to recuse himself from Russia probe
WASHINGTON (AP) — Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker chose not to recuse himself from the Russia investigation even though a top Justice Department ethics official advised him to step aside out of an "abundance of caution," a senior official said Thursday.
Trump administration moves to ban bump stocks
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration Tuesday banned bump stocks, the firearm attachments that allow semi-automatic weapons to fire like machine guns and were used during the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history.
The regulation gives gun owners until late March to turn in or destroy the devices. After that, it will be illegal to possess them under the same federal laws that prohibit machine guns.
Blumenthal to push for bump stock ban despite regulation
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal says he welcomes the Trump administration's move to officially ban gun bump stocks, but believes legislation is still needed.
The Democrat on Tuesday said he'll "continue to call for a vote" in Congress to prohibit the devices, which allow semi-automatic weapons to fire rapidly like automatic firearms. Blumenthal says the nation needs "clear and certain protection that can only come from legislation banning these devices for good."
Acting attorney general defends Trump immigration crackdown
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker is defending the Trump administration's stricter immigration policies and decrying federal judges attempting to block many of them.
During a Texas visit Tuesday, Whitaker praised a crackdown aimed at drastically reducing the number of immigrants who cross the U.S.-Mexico border illegally then seek asylum because of fears of violence or persecution back home.
The Latest: More candidates emerge for Trump chief of staff
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the White House chief of staff (all times local):
As President Donald Trump ponders picking a new chief of staff, more names are emerging as possible contenders for the job.
A person familiar with Trumps' thinking tells The Associated Press that among the four people being considered by Trump are the White House budget chief, Mick Mulvaney, and a Republican congressman from North Carolina, Mark Meadows.
Trump to visit Missouri for conference on crime
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — President Donald Trump is set to visit Missouri for a conference on crime.
According to the White House, Trump will speak Friday at the 2018 Project Safe Neighborhoods National Conference in Kansas City.
Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker is among U.S. Department of Justice leaders slated to speak at the conference. The White House says the event is expected to draw hundreds of law enforcement officials, prosecutors and others focused on cutting back on crime.
US promises nearly $17M for survivors of Las Vegas massacre
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The U.S. government is allocating nearly $17 million to help people affected by the Las Vegas Strip mass shooting that became the deadliest in the nation's modern history, Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker said Friday.
The money from the Justice Department will defray costs of counseling, therapy, rehabilitation, trauma recovery and legal aid for thousands of people affected by the Oct. 1, 2017, massacre, Whitaker said in Cincinnati.
House Democrats say Whitaker will testify in January
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats say acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker will testify before the House Judiciary Committee in January.
Democratic Reps. Jerrold Nadler of New York and Elijah Cummings of Maryland say they spoke to Whitaker Friday and he agreed to testify "at a mutually agreeable date."
Nadler is expected head the Judiciary panel and Cummings is expected to head the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee when Democrats take the House majority next year.
Maine attorney general joins suit blocking Trump’s pick
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine Attorney General Janet Mills has joined a group of attorneys general who are challenging President Donald Trump's appointment of Matthew Whitaker as the new acting U.S. attorney general.
Acting US attorney general talks opioids on Tennessee visit
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker has swung through Tennessee to laud the approach being taken against the opioid epidemic by the Trump administration.
Whitaker read from prepared remarks alongside Tennessee's U.S. attorneys Thursday in Nashville. He steered clear of discussing special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and Russian ties to Trump's campaign, a probe Whitaker has criticized.