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Hero or criminal? Court hears 2 views of WikiLeaks’ Assange

JILL LAWLESS

February 24, 2020

LONDON (AP) — Truth-telling journalist or reckless criminal: A British judge was given two conflicting portraits of Julian Assange as the WikiLeaks founder's long-awaited extradition hearing began Monday in a London court.A lawyer for the U.S. authorities, who want to try Assange on espionage char...

US to lay out case against Assange at extradition hearing

JILL LAWLESS

February 23, 2020

LONDON (AP) — The U.S. government and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will face off Monday in a high-security London courthouse, a decade after WikiLeaks infuriated American officials by publishing a trove of classified military documents.A judge at Woolwich Crown Court will begin hearing argument...

Bolton: Testimony wouldn’t have changed impeachment outcome

JONATHAN MATTISE

February 19, 2020

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Former national security adviser John Bolton on Wednesday denounced the House's impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump as ”grossly partisan” and said his testimony would not have changed Trump's acquittal in the Senate, as he continued to stay quiet on the de...

Bolton reviewing letter from White House about manuscript

February 7, 2020

Former national security adviser John Bolton's team on Friday accused the White House of trying to suppress his unpublished book after word surfaced that the National Security Council had sent him a letter expressing concerns that the manuscript contained classified information.The White House has been sc...

Chemical weapons watchdog report criticizes leaks

February 6, 2020

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — An independent investigation into leaks that raised questions over the global chemical weapons watchdog's conclusion that chlorine was used in a notorious 2018 attack in Syria has criticized two former officials responsible for releasing classified information, the org...

Trump acquittal now likely Wednesday; Senate nixes witnesses

LISA MASCARO, ERIC TUCKER, and ZEKE MILLER

February 1, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate narrowly rejected Democratic demands to summon witnesses for President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial late Friday, all but ensuring Trump's acquittal in just the third trial to threaten a president's removal in U.S. history. But senators pushed off final voting on h...

Trump trial could end soon; Alexander says no to witnesses

LISA MASCARO, ERIC TUCKER, and ZEKE MILLER

January 31, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee declared late Thursday night he will oppose calling more witnesses in President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial, all but dashing Democratic efforts for more testimony and pushing the Senate toward an imminent vote to acquit the president...

Trial highlights: Senators’ questions launch pointed debate

MATTHEW DALY

January 30, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — Finally playing an active role at President Donald Trump's impeachment trial, senators posed written inquiries that led to pointed, back-and-forth debate Wednesday as Trump’s legal team and House Democratic prosecutors pressed their respective cases.Throughout, the urgent questi...

Trump defense: Ukraine ‘quid pro quo’ not impeachable

LISA MASCARO, ERIC TUCKER, and ZEKE MILLER

January 30, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a striking shift from President Donald Trump’s claim of “perfect” dealings with Ukraine, his defense asserted Wednesday at his Senate trial that a trade of U.S. military aid for political favors — even if proven — could not be grounds for his impeachment.Trump's defenders ...

GOP squirms as Bolton prepares to dish on Trump White House

AAMER MADHANI

January 29, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — For much of the last 20 years, John Bolton was a conservative poster child, a Republican hawk whose worldview helped shape the GOP establishment’s approach to dicey foreign policy questions.Now, as President Donald Trump's former national security adviser prepares to dish on his days in the...