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Trump talks pardons amid probes of Russia role in U.S. election

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 16:18:58 -0400

NORFOLK, Va. (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump declared on Saturday that he has "complete power to pardon," as his administration confronts ongoing investigations of possible ties between his 2016 campaign and Russia.(image)

NSA chief on Russia-U.S. cyber unit: Now is 'not the best time'

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 17:54:38 -0400

ASPEN, Colo. (Reuters) - National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers on Saturday rebuffed the prospect for a U.S.-Russia cyber unit, a proposal which has been greeted with incredulity by several senior U.S. lawmakers and which President Donald Trump himself appeared to back down from after initially indicating interest.(image)

U.S. lawmakers reach deal on Russia sanctions bill, creating limits for Trump

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 17:06:27 -0400

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Republicans and Democrats have reached agreement on legislation that allows new sanctions against Russia, Iran and North Korea, leading congressional Democrats said on Saturday, in a bill that would limit any potential effort by President Donald Trump to try to lift sanctions against Moscow.(image)

Russian envoy, at heart of U.S. investigations, ends tenure in Washington

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 18:07:34 -0400

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Russia's ambassador to Washington Sergei Kislyak, a key figure in ongoing U.S. investigations into Moscow's meddling in the 2016 presidential election, ended his tenure on Saturday.(image)

U.S. investigators seek to turn Manafort in Russia probe: sources

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 09:10:45 -0400

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. investigators examining money laundering accusations against President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort hope to push him to cooperate with their probe into possible collusion between Trump's campaign and Russia, two sources with direct knowledge of the investigation said.(image)

Special counsel asks White House to save Trump Jr., Russian meeting documents

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 21:30:00 -0400

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - The special counsel investigating possible collusion between President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign and Russia has asked White House officials to preserve any records of a meeting last year between the president's eldest son and a Russian lawyer, according to a source with knowledge of the request.(image)

Trump's new hire Scaramucci makes conciliatory debut with media

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 23:41:20 -0400

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - If President Donald Trump, who refers to the media as "fake news," wants his staff to use a more conciliatory approach with journalists, new communications director Anthony Scaramucci may be implementing such a shift - for now.(image)

White House spokesman Spicer out as Trump seeks to fix image

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 22:02:15 -0400

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer resigned on Friday, ending a short and turbulent tenure that made him a household name and the butt of late-night television comedy lampoons, amid further upheaval within President Donald Trump's inner circle.(image)

Russian envoy overheard saying he discussed campaign with Sessions: Post

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 20:40:13 -0400

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Russia's ambassador to Washington was overheard by U.S. spy agencies telling his bosses that he had discussed campaign-related matters, including issues important to Moscow, with Jeff Sessions during the 2016 presidential race, the Washington Post reported on Friday, citing current and former U.S. officials.(image)

Senate rule deals setback to Republican healthcare bill

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 20:50:47 -0400

(Reuters) - Republicans in the U.S. Senate were dealt another blow in their effort to repeal Obamacare on Friday when the keeper of the Senate's rules said certain provisions in their healthcare bill, such as defunding Planned Parenthood, could not be included.(image)