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Roberts says he won’t break a tie in Trump impeachment trial

January 31, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — Chief Justice John Roberts was never going to be vote No. 51.Roberts said Friday that he had no intention of breaking a tie in President Donald Trump's Senate impeachment trial, dispelling something of a mystery that had hung over...

Coast Guard officer-terror suspect sentenced for guns, drugs

By MICHAEL KUNZELMAN | January 31, 2020

GREENBELT, Md. (AP) — A Coast Guard lieutenant accused by prosecutors of being a domestic terrorist intent on committing politically motivated killings inspired by a far-right mass murderer was sentenced Friday to more than 13 years in prison for firearms...

Key questions asked during Trump’s impeachment trial

By ERIC TUCKER | January 31, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — The questions from senators at President Donald Trump's impeachment trial continued by the dozens on Thursday, with lawmakers inquiring about foreign election interference, the scope of presidential power and other areas that cut to...

Charities steered $65M to Trump lawyer Sekulow and family

By MICHAEL BIESECKER | January 31, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — Jay Sekulow, one of President Donald Trump’s lead attorneys during the impeachment trial, is being paid for his legal work through a rented $80-a-month mailbox a block away from the White House.The Pennsylvania Avenue box appears...

Trial highlights: Alexander decides, Dershowitz backtracks

By MATTHEW DALY | January 31, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — An end to President Donald Trump's impeachment trial appears closer after one influential Republican senator said he would not support a call for more witness.Earlier, one of Trump's attorneys tried to explain his controversial defense....

Trump trial could end soon; Alexander says no to witnesses


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 chaplain’s velvet voice cuts through impeachment fray

By ELANA SCHOR | January 31, 2020

The impeachment trial of President Donald Trump doesn’t lack for strong speakers. But only one voice at the trial speaks to senators-turned-jurors about the values behind their actions — and keeps his focus on God.Senate Chaplain Barry Black, 71,...

Gavel time: Will chief justice expand his impeachment role?


WASHINGTON (AP) — Chief Justice John Roberts is the picture of judicial modesty at President Donald Trump's impeachment trial, wearing his unadorned black robe and wielding an ivory gavel as he presides over the Senate.So far he has played a limited...

Roberts declines to read Paul question on whistleblower

By ANDREW TAYLOR and LISA MASCARO | January 30, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — Chief Justice John Roberts has declined to read an impeachment trial question by Republican Sen. Rand Paul about the intelligence community whistleblower whose complaint led to the investigation into President Donald Trump.Paul, of...

Democratic AGs sue to force US to adopt ERA in Constitution

By SARAH RANKIN and MICHELLE L. PRICE | January 30, 2020

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Three Democratic state attorneys general sued a U.S. government official Thursday, seeking to force him to recognize Virginia’s recent vote to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment and adopt the measure in the Constitution.The lawsuit...

Appeals court acquits French cardinal of sex abuse cover-up

By NICOLAS VAUX-MONTAGNY | January 30, 2020

LYON, France (AP) — A French appeals court on Thursday threw out a lower court ruling convicting a French cardinal of covering up the sexual abuse of minors in his flock, a decision culminating a drama that has produced angst for the Roman Catholic...

Asked and answered? Senators have their say in Trump trial

By LAURIE KELLMAN | January 30, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — At last during the impeachment trial, they got to do what comes naturally in their native habitat: speak on the Senate floor.But when senators engaged in a bit of their beloved talk, the result was something between a political debate...