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Jeff Sessions to face sharp questions on Russia contacts

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions is preparing for sharp questions from his former Senate colleagues about his role in the firing of James Comey, his Russian contacts during the campaign and his decision to recuse himself from an investigation into possible ties between Moscow and associates of President Donald Trump. The public testimony Tuesday before the Senate intelligence committee should yield Sessions’ most extensive comments to date on questions that have dogged his entire tenure as attorney general and that led…

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What’s next for James Comey? Maybe law, corporate work, politics

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So what’s next for James Comey? The former FBI director boldly challenged the president who fired him, accused the Trump administration of lying and supplied material that could be used to build a case against President Donald Trump. But after stepping away from the Capitol Hill spotlight, where he’s always seemed comfortable, the 56-year-old veteran lawman now confronts the same question long faced by Washington officials after their government service. His dry quip at a riveting Senate hearing that he…

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White House looks for ways to undermine James Comey’s credibility

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With fired FBI Director James Comey’s highly anticipated congressional testimony just a day away, the White House and its allies are scrambling for ways to offset potential damage. Asked Tuesday about the testimony, President Donald Trump was tight-lipped: “I wish him luck,” he told reporters. Comey’s testimony Thursday before the Senate intelligence committee could expose new details regarding his discussions with Trump about the federal investigation into Russia’s election meddling. Comey could also bring up other aspects of his dealings…

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Navy Veteran Andrew Learned becomes latest Democrat to challenge Dennis Ross in CD 15

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Hopeful for a wave election next year, Democrats are targeting several GOP-controlled congressional districts in Florida for 2018. Florida’s 15th Congressional District, now held by Lakeland’s Dennis Ross, is not one of them. Not yet, anyhow. However, don’t tell that to Democrats in the district, which encompasses parts of Polk, Hillsborough and Lake Counties. They think that Ross’ vote supporting the American Health Care Act and his championing Donald Trump‘s causes make him extremely vulnerable in the next election cycle. “A lot…

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Worst treatment ever, Donald Trump grumbles; Dems demand deep probe

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Surrounded by multiplying questions, President Donald Trump complained Wednesday that “no politician in history” has been treated worse. Democrats demanded an independent commission to dig into his firing of FBI Director James Comey, but Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan cautioned against “rushing to judgment.” Ryan said Congress needs to get the facts, but “it is obvious there are some people out there who want to harm the president.” Elijah Cummings, top Democrat on a key House oversight panel, countered that…

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Donald Trump boasts of hiring only the best, but picks haunt him

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President Donald Trump likes to boast that he hires only the best people. But his personnel choices keep coming back to haunt him. One of the people Trump hired for the White House was working as a foreign agent while advising him during the election. His campaign chairman caught the Justice Department’s attention for similarly surreptitious work. And a third campaign adviser was reportedly surveilled by the FBI as part of an investigation into whether or not he was a…

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Paul Manafort registering with U.S. as foreign agent

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The Latest on former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his firm’s work (all times local): 3:05 p.m. President Donald Trump‘s former campaign chairman is registering as a foreign agent. Paul Manafort’s spokesman says he was in talks with the government about registering before the 2016 election and is now “taking appropriate steps” in response to “formal guidance” from the government. The spokesman says Manafort’s lobbying work was not conducted on behalf of the Russian government and began before Manafort…

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