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Maria Butina, accused Russian agent, reaches plea deal with prosecutors that includes cooperation

TR/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Maria Butina, a 30-year-old Russian gun rights activist who stands accused developing a covert influence operation in the United States, has agreed to plead guilty to conspiracy and cooperate with federal, state and local authorities in any ongoing investigations. She admits, as part of the deal, according to a copy obtained by ABC News that is expected …

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President Trump scrambles for next chief of staff with John Kelly set to depart

Kirkikis/iStock(WASHINGTON) — With current White House chief of staff John Kelly set to depart by year’s end, President Donald Trump is scrambling to fill the top White House position after Kelly’s expected replacement announced unexpectedly he would not take the job. The uncertainty comes at a critical time as special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation appears to be focusing more on …

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Major players in Trump-Russia drama seek to dismiss DNC suit alleging international conspiracy

ronniechua/iStock(WASHINGTON) — Several major figures in the ongoing Trump-Russia drama have lined up in opposition to a lawsuit filed by the Democratic National Committee, arguing a federal judge should dismiss accusations of an international conspiracy ahead of the 2016 presidential election. A group of defendants — including the Trump campaign, WikiLeaks and a member of President Donald Trump’s family — …

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Activists again demand New Green Deal; stage demonstration at Dem leaders' offices

uschools/iStock(WASHINGTON) — Hundreds of pro-environment activists lobbied lawmakers on Capitol Hill Monday, in an attempt to pressure Democratic leaders to endorse a Green New Deal for the new majority’s agenda in the next Congress. They staged sit-ins at the congressional offices of Reps. Nancy Pelosi, Steny Hoyer and Jim McGovern and called for a transition from fossil fuels to renewable …

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'The View': Michael Bloomberg takes GOP, Trump to task

Bill Pugliano/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Michael Bloomberg, the former New York Mayor who is mulling running as a Democrat in the 2020 presidential election cycle, said Monday the GOP is suffering the consequences of unconditionally supporting an unpopular president. “Republicans did not execute the checks and balances on the White House that the constitution calls for,” Bloomberg said on ABC’s …

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James Comey responds to recent Trump attacks in new interview

Carsten Koall/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Former F.B.I. Director James Comey, in an interview in New York on Sunday, responded to recent criticisms from President Donald Trump, who called him dishonest and accused him of lying in a Congressional hearing last week. Comey also said Democrats “have to win” the 2020 presidential election. Trump posted several tweets attacking Comey over the weekend …

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Pence's chief of staff will not take over White House role after John Kelly leaves

Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Nick Ayers, who was widely speculated to be the next White House chief of staff, will not be stepping into John Kelly’s role, ABC News has confirmed. Instead, Vice President Mike Pence’s 35-year-old chief of staff will go to a pro-Trump super PAC. Thank you @realDonaldTrump, @VP, and my great colleagues for …

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Chris Christie: Trump 'not totally clear' until Mueller 'hands in the keys'

Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — President Donald Trump tweeted Friday that new filings in federal investigations into Russian interference and campaign finance crimes in the 2016 election “totally” cleared him. But Chris Christie said, on This Week, that the president is “not totally clear.” “My view would be that you’re not totally clear — nor is anyone — until Bob Mueller …

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Sen. Murphy: Mueller probe now 'beyond the stage' of Clinton impeachment

Drew Angerer/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., said the publicly available facts from special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe indicate that President Donald Trump’s actions are “beyond the stage” of what led to the impeachment of former President Bill Clinton. On This Week Sunday, Murphy left the question of whether to move to impeach the president to the House and …

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Pardoning Paul Manafort would be 'terrible mistake': Sen. Marco Rubio

Zach Gibson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Republican Sen. Marco Rubio said repeatedly that President Donald Trump pardoning former campaign chairman Paul Manafort would be a “terrible mistake,” and that doing so could possibly “trigger a debate about whether the pardon powers should be amended.” “I think that would be a terrible mistake” if Trump pardoned Manafort, Rubio said on This Week …

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