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Chelsea Manning released from jail, where she had been held for refusing to testify in WikiLeaks case

Chelsea Manning prepares to enter the Albert V. Bryan U.S. District Courthouse on March 5, 2019, in Alexandria, Va. MUST CREDIT: Washington Post photo by Jahi Chikwendiu.

Former Army intelligence officer Chelsea Manning has been released from the Alexandria, Virginia, jail, where she was held after refusing to testify in the grand jury investigation of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, her lawyers said. She was released because that ...

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DC Court of Appeals disbars Paul Manafort following felony convictions

Paul Manafort departs U.S. District Court on November 2017 in Washington. MUST CREDIT: Washington Post photo by Bill O'Leary.

WASHINGTON — The District of Columbia Court of Appeals on Thursday disbarred Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, because Manafort has been convicted of obstruction of justice and conspiracy. Manafort, who was admitted to the D.C. bar in ...

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Trump lawyers call Congress’ demands for his tax returns, financial statements ‘unconstitutional’

If you have a straightforward return where you only have to file a 1040 and are claiming the standard deduction, you may be able to file your federal taxes free. (Bloomberg photo by Michael Nagle)

WASHINGTON – Lawyers for President Donald Trump called Congress’ demands for his tax returns unconstitutional Wednesday, urging a federal judge to block a House Oversight Committee subpoena for years of his financial statements. In a 24-page filing, Trump’s legal team ...

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Trump, Democrats are locked in a constitutional showdown over Mueller’s report

Gray clouds fill the sky over the Capitol in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 1. While the tax package that Congress passed New Year’s Day will protect 99 percent of Americans from an income tax increase, most of them will still end up paying more federal taxes in 2013. AP Images

WASHINGTON – The constitutional conflict between congressional Democrats and President Donald Trump accelerated sharply Wednesday, as the White House blocked access to potentially damaging information in special counsel Robert Mueller III’s work and lawmakers declared the standoff had become a ...

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FBI chief: No evidence of illegal spying on Trump campaign

Christopher Wray faces a hearing Wednesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee on his nomination to become the FBI's eighth director. (Bloomberg photo by Andrew Harrer)

WASHINGTON (AP) — FBI Director Chris Wray said Tuesday that he does not consider court-approved FBI surveillance to be “spying” and said he has no evidence the FBI illegally monitored President Donald Trump’s campaign during the 2016 election. His comments ...

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Ex-White House lawyer defies House subpoena for Mueller docs

Former White House staff secretary Rob Porter, right, is seen with Don McGahn, White House counsel, at a luncheon featuring a speech by President Donald Trump at the House and Senate Republican retreat at The Greenbrier resort in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va., on Feb. 1.  (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call) (CQ Roll Call via AP Images)

WASHINGTON (AP) — A former White House lawyer defied a congressional subpoena Tuesday, setting the Trump administration on course for another collision with the Democratic-led House over its pursuit of documents related to the Russia investigation. Don McGahn’s refusal to ...

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Cohen claimed he helped bury personal photos of Jerry Falwell Jr. before evangelical leader backed Trump

Michael Cohen, former aide and lawyer to President Donald Trump, testifies before the House Oversight and Reform Committee on Capitol Hill  on Wednesday Feb. 27, 2019. MUST CREDIT: Washington Post photo by Melina Mara

Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s longtime personal attorney, claimed to have helped prevent the release of personal photographs embarrassing to Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. shortly before the influential evangelical leader endorsed Trump’s insurgent presidential bid in 2016. Cohen ...

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Hundreds of former federal prosecutors say Trump would have been charged with obstruction were he not president

Outgoing FBI director Robert Mueller speaks during an interview at FBI headquarters on Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013, in Washington. The nature of terrorism has changed in Robert Mueller’s dozen years as FBI director, but his concerns for the future are much the same as when terrorists struck on Sept. 11, 2001, merely a week after he’d taken over the bureau. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

More than 370 former federal prosecutors who worked in Republican and Democratic administrations have signed on to a statement asserting special counsel Robert Mueller’s findings would have produced obstruction charges against President Donald Trump – if not for the office ...

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Michigan city wants court to rethink ruling on constitutionality of tire-chalking


The Michigan city of Saginaw asked a federal appeals court on Monday to rethink its April 22 ruling that declared unconstitutional the old parking enforcement technique of marking tires with chalk, saying the case was of “exceptional importance” and had ...

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Mnuchin rejects Democrats’ demand to hand over Trump’s tax returns, all but ensuring legal battle


WASHINGTON – Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Monday told House Democrats he would not furnish President Donald Trump’s tax returns despite their legal request, the latest move by Trump administration officials to shield the president from congressional investigations. Mnuchin, in ...

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San Francisco sues Trump administration, calls conscience rule a ‘perversion’ of civil rights mission

FILE - In this June 11, 2017 file photo people attend the LGBTQ Chicago Equality rally in the Andersonville neighborhood of Chicago. Starting in January 2018, Illinois is outlawing a rare criminal defense argument allowing the use of a victim's sexual orientation as justification for violent crime. It's a ban that gay rights advocates hope to replicate in about half a dozen states next year. Illinois follows California in outlawing the so-called "gay panic defense." It isn't common, but one study shows it's surfaced in roughly half of U.S. states since the 1960s. (Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune via AP File)

The city of San Francisco has filed a lawsuit alleging that a new federal rule is unconstitutional. The rule greatly expands the types of cases in which a health-care worker or entity can decline, on religious grounds, to participate in ...

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Trump’s lawyers ask for a preliminary injunction to block subpoenas of Deutsche Bank, Capital One

President Donald Trump pauses while speaking during a rally Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018, in Charleston, W.Va. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Lawyers for President Donald Trump, his family and the Trump Organization filed for a preliminary injunction on Friday, the latest attempt to prevent one of their banks and one of their lenders from complying with congressional subpoenas. The motion is ...

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