Ex-CIA chief: Flynn's firm discussed removing cleric from US

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Former CIA Director James Woolsey has accused the Trump administration's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, of participating in a discussion with Turkish officials about possibly subverting the U.S. extradition process to remove a Turkish cleric from the United States. The Wall Street Journal first reported Woolsey's comments and posted a video interview with him late Friday .

AP FACT CHECK: The week when Trump's wiretap accusation died

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump's accusation that his predecessor ordered snooping of his communications has fallen apart, slapped down by the FBI chief and again by the Republican leading the House intelligence committee, a Trump ally. The president gave up on arguing that Barack Obama tapped his phones, and he doesn't give up on anything easily.

Trump campaign chair offers to talk to House panel on Russia

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump's former campaign manager, a key figure in investigations into the Trump campaign's ties to Russia, has volunteered to be interviewed by lawmakers as part of an increasingly partisan House probe of the Kremlin's alleged meddling in the 2016 election. The chairman of the House intelligence committee, Rep.

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CONGRESS-HEALTH OVERHAUL Trump urges support for health care legislation WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump is urging people to call their lawmakers to express support for the Republican legislation to repeal and replace "Obamacare." Trump posted a video on Twitter Thursday asking people to get behind the plan. He says that people were "given many lies" about the Affordable Care Act.

Comey corrects Trump's tweets in real time

WASHINGTON (AP) -- As FBI Director James Comey was in the hot seat, being grilled on Russia's interference in the 2016 election, the White House was busy trolling him on Twitter. The official White House account was used to tap out a series of tweets Monday trying to shift the focus to problematic leaks instead of what they'd revealed.

FBI director blasted by Democrats after probe revelation

WASHINGTON (AP) -- FBI Director James Comey's testimony that the bureau has been quietly investigating possible links between associates of President Donald Trump and Russian officials since the summer enraged Democrats who already blamed him for rattling the 2016 campaign's closing days.

Administration tries to distance campaign aides from Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The White House is distancing itself from two former senior members of Donald Trump's team amid an FBI investigation into possible connections between Trump "associates" and Russia. White House press secretary Sean Spicer on Monday referred to Trump's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, as a "volunteer of the campaign.

Analysis: Trump collides with reality on Russia

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Reality is catching up with President Donald Trump. Hours after Trump dismissed reports that his campaign associates were being scrutinized for colluding with Russia as "fake news," FBI Director James Comey confirmed the investigation is real. The FBI chief also repeatedly insisted there was no evidence to back up Trump's explosive claim that his predecessor wiretapped his New York skyscraper. And Adm.

Q&A on 'unmasking' and leaking classified information

WASHINGTON (AP) -- After FBI Director James Comey publicly has acknowledged the existence of an ongoing counterintelligence investigation into potential links between the Trump campaign and the Russian government, the White House introduced a new narrative to push back against the allegations. "Michael Flynn was umasked and then illegally, his identity was leaked out to media outlets," White House spokesman Sean Spicer said Monday.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump tweets vs. FBI testimony on Russia

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump produced a running commentary on FBI Director James Comey's testimony to Congress. Thanks to the length of the hearing and the immediacy of Twitter, Comey was able to comment on the president's commentary without leaving his seat. It was a nearly real-time exchange Monday that circled back on itself, like a cat chasing its tail.

Analysis: Reality catching up with Trump on Russia

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Reality is catching up with President Donald Trump. Hours after Trump dismissed reports that his campaign associates were being scrutinized for colluding with Russia as "fake news," FBI Director James Comey confirmed the investigation is real. The FBI chief also repeatedly insisted there was no evidence to back up Trump's explosive claim that his predecessor wiretapped his New York skyscraper. And Adm.

Q&A on 'unmasking' and leaking classified information

WASHINGTON (AP) -- After FBI Director James Comey publicly acknowledged Monday the existence of an ongoing counterintelligence investigation into potential links between the Trump campaign and the Russian government, the White House introduced a new narrative to push back against the allegations. "Michael Flynn was umasked and then illegally, his identity was leaked out to media outlets," White House spokesman Sean Spicer said Monday.

White House tries to distance Trump from campaign aides

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The White House is distancing itself from two former senior members of Donald Trump's team, amid an FBI investigation into possible connections between Trump "associates" and Russia. White House press secretary Sean Spicer on Monday referred to Trump's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, as a "volunteer of the campaign.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump tweets vs. FBI testimony on Russia

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump produced a running commentary Monday on FBI Director James Comey's testimony to Congress. Thanks to the length of the hearing and the immediacy of Twitter, Comey was able to comment on the president's commentary without leaving his seat. It was a nearly real-time exchange that circled back on itself, like a cat chasing its tail.

Morning Coverage Outlook

COVERAGE OUTLOOK Planning for 3/20/2017: -------------------------------------------------------------------- HIGHLIGHTS -------------------------------------------------------------------- DC, TRUMP-RUSSIA - FBI Director James Comey says the FBI and Justice Department have no information to substantiate President Donald Trump's claims that former President Barack Obama wiretapped him before the election. Comey and National Security Agency Director Michael Rogers are testifying before the House Intelligence Committee on allegations of Russian hacking and whether there were any connections between Moscow and Trump's campaign. See National.

The Latest: Trump keeping tabs on Russia hearing, tweeting

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Latest on a congressional inquiry into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election (all times local): 3:05 p.m. President Donald Trump is keeping tabs on the congressional hearing on Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. He's tweeting that the FBI and National Security Agency are telling Congress that Russia did not influence the electoral process.

Comey: FBI probing Trump-Russia links, wiretap claims bogus

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The FBI is investigating whether Donald Trump's associates coordinated with Russian officials in an effort to sway the 2016 presidential election, Director James Comey said Monday in an extraordinary public confirmation of a probe the president has refused to acknowledge, dismissed as fake news and blamed on Democrats.

Intel documents offer no evidence of spying on Trump Tower

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The top two lawmakers on the House intelligence committee said Sunday that documents the Justice Department and FBI delivered late last week offered no evidence that the Obama administration had wiretapped Trump Tower, but the panel's ranking Democrat says the material offers circumstantial evidence that American citizens colluded with Russians in Moscow's efforts to interfere in the presidential election.

House panel gets DoJ information about Trump's wiretap claim

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Justice Department has given the House intelligence committee information it requested about President Donald Trump's bold but unsubstantiated claim of being wiretapped during the presidential election, but the committee chairman won't say what was received. Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., declined to disclose details, saying only that the Justice Department had "fully complied" with the committee's request.