The Latest: Warner says White House not dispelling suspicion

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Latest on an investigation into purported ties between Trump associates and Russia (all times local): 1:50 p.m. The top Democrat on the Senate intelligence committee says White House meddling in Congress' Russia investigations is not helping to lift the cloud of suspicion that hangs over the Trump administration. Virginia Sen.

AP Exclusive: Before Trump job, Manafort worked to aid Putin

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Before signing up with Donald Trump, former campaign manager Paul Manafort secretly worked for a Russian billionaire with a plan to "greatly benefit the Putin Government," The Associated Press has learned. The White House attempted to brush the report aside Wednesday, but it quickly raised fresh alarms in Congress about Russian links to Trump associates.

Gorsuch to Democrats: No return to 'horse and buggy' era

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Assured of support from majority Republicans, Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch wrapped up two days of Senate questioning Wednesday to glowing GOP reviews but complaints from frustrated Democrats that he concealed his views from the American public. Gorsuch, a federal appeals court judge in Denver, refused repeated attempts to get him to talk about key legal and political issues of the day. But he did tell Sen.

The Latest: Gorsuch says Trump disappointed he lost Colorado

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Latest on Senate confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch (all times EDT): 6:45 p.m. Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch says President Donald Trump told him he was disappointed he lost Colorado and believed that with more time he might have won. Gorsuch, a federal judge in Denver, made the disclosure during his confirmation hearing in the Senate on Tuesday.

No promises and no one above law, Supreme Court pick says

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch declared Tuesday he's made no promises to Donald Trump or anyone else about how he'll vote on abortion or other issues and testified he'll have no trouble as a justice holding anyone accountable, including the president who picked him. Gorsuch also called Trump's attacks on federal judges "disheartening" and "demoralizing.

The Latest: Gorsuch confirmation vote expected by April 10

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Latest on Senate confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch (all times local): 3:50 p.m. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley says the Senate is aiming to confirm Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch before a two-week break that starts April 10. The committee expects a vote on Monday, April 3.

High court nominee: I'll be unbiased or 'hang up the robe'

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch pledged to be independent or "hang up the robe" as the U.S. Senate began rancorous hearings Monday on President Donald Trump's conservative pick to fill a Supreme Court seat that has been vacant for more than a year. Gorsuch sought to take the edge off Democratic complaints that he has favored the wealthy and powerful in more than 10 years as a federal judge.

White House resists GOP pressure, stands by wiretap claim

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The White House on Thursday stood by President Donald Trump's unproven accusations that his predecessor wiretapped his New York skyscraper, despite growing bipartisan agreement that there's no evidence to back up the claim and mounting pressure to retract the statement. Angrily defending the president's statement, White House spokesman Sean Spicer told reporters Trump "stands by" the four tweets that sparked a firestorm that has threatened Trump's credibility with lawmakers.

Trump's allies melting away on wiretapping claims

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump's explosive allegation that Barack Obama wiretapped his New York skyscraper during the presidential campaign has left him increasingly isolated, with allies on Capitol Hill and within his own administration offering no evidence to back him up. On Wednesday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said he had not given Trump any reason to believe he was wiretapped by President Obama. Republican Rep.

The Latest: Lawmakers want Americans' identities protected

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Latest on the congressional investigation into Russian hacking during the 2016 campaign and contacts between Trump campaign associates and Russian officials (all times local): 2:50 p.m. Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham says the FBI has promised members of the Senate Judiciary Committee a classified briefing soon to discuss whether there was any warrant issued to surveil any of Donald Trump's associates during the 2016 presidential campaign.

Trump's allies melting away on wiretapping claims

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump's explosive allegation that Barack Obama wiretapped his New York skyscraper during the presidential campaign has left him increasingly isolated, with allies on Capitol Hill and within his own administration offering no evidence to back him up. On Wednesday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said he had not given Trump any reason to believe he was wiretapped by President Obama. Republican Rep.

Justice Dept. asks for more time on wiretapping evidence

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Facing a Monday deadline, the Justice Department asked lawmakers for more time to provide evidence backing up President Donald Trump's unproven assertion that his predecessor wiretapped his New York skyscraper during the election. The request came as the White House appeared to soften Trump's explosive allegation. The House intelligence committee said it would give the Justice Department until March 20 to comply with the evidence request.

McCain to Trump: Provide wiretap evidence or retract claim

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The House intelligence committee is asking the Trump administration for evidence that the phones at Trump Tower were tapped during the campaign as its namesake has charged, a request reinforced Sunday by an influential Republican senator who says the president must either come up with the evidence or retract his claim.

House panel wants any evidence Trump's phones were tapped

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The House intelligence committee asked the executive branch to provide by Monday any evidence to support President Donald Trump's claim that his phones were tapped at Trump Tower during the election, a senior congressional aide said Saturday. The request was made in a letter sent by committee chairman, Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., and the panel's ranking Democrat, Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif.

Senators seek evidence to support Trump's wiretapping claim

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The leaders of a congressional inquiry into Russia's efforts to sway the U.S. election called on the Justice Department Wednesday to produce any evidence that supports President Donald Trump's explosive wiretapping allegation. Declaring that Congress "must get to the bottom" of Trump's claim, Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I.

CNN chief: Politicians should oppose Trump's attack on media

JERUSALEM (AP) -- The president of CNN said Tuesday it was "shocking" to watch the political establishment's silence over President Donald Trump's attacks on the media, calling it an abdication of their responsibility. Speaking at a media conference in Jerusalem, Jeff Zucker, president of CNN Worldwide, said Trump's labeling of the media as the enemy of the state was unfortunate and dangerous.

Graham says he doesn't know what GOP health care plan is yet

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) -- U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham told a rowdy town hall in South Carolina that health care is going to change in the United States. Just don't ask him for details. "Can I let you in on a little secret? I don't know what the GOP plan is," the Republican Graham told the roughly 1,000 people who packed a theatre at Clemson University on Saturday.

Officials: Tillerson eyes State Dept budget cut over 3 years

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has agreed in principle to a White House proposal to slash foreign aid and diplomatic spending by 37 percent, but wants to spread it out over three years rather than in one dramatic cut. Officials familiar with Tillerson's response to the proposal from the Office of Management and Budget said Friday that Tillerson suggested the reductions to the State Department and U.S.