Government and politics

FILE - In this Aug. 30, 2012 file photo, Russian businessman Aras Agalarov, center, is seen in Moscow. They may have been the hidden link between Donald Trump’s campaign and Russia’s government: A Moscow-based billionaire and his pop star son, who like Trump bridged the diverse worlds of real estate, the entertainment industry and the highest level of politics. (AP Photo/Mikhail Metzel, File)
July 12, 2017 - 10:43 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the controversy surrounding a meeting last summer between Donald Trump Jr. and a Russian lawyer promising damaging information on Hillary Clinton (all times local): 10:34 a.m. House Speaker Paul Ryan is deflecting questions about the latest revelation of President...
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FILE - In this Nov. 4, 2016, file photo, Donald Trump Jr. campaigns for his father Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump in Gilbert, Ariz. Donald Trump Jr. has long been his father’s id, the brawler who has helped fuel the president’s pugilistic instincts and stood firm as one of his fiercest defenders. Now the president’s eldest son is at the center of the firestorm over Russian connections swirling around his father’s administration and trying to fight off charges that he was open to colluding with Moscow to defeat Hillary Clinton.(AP Photo/Matt York, File)
July 12, 2017 - 10:42 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The snowballing revelations about Donald Trump Jr.'s meeting with a Russian lawyer during last year's presidential campaign have broadsided the White House, distracting from its agenda as aides grapple with a crisis involving the president's family. The public has not laid eyes on...
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FILE - In this Nov. 4, 2016, file photo, Donald Trump Jr. campaigns for his father Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump in Gilbert, Ariz. Donald Trump Jr. has long been his father’s id, the brawler who has helped fuel the president’s pugilistic instincts and stood firm as one of his fiercest defenders. Now the president’s eldest son is at the center of the firestorm over Russian connections swirling around his father’s administration and trying to fight off charges that he was open to colluding with Moscow to defeat Hillary Clinton.(AP Photo/Matt York, File)
July 12, 2017 - 10:42 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The snowballing revelations about Donald Trump Jr.'s meeting with a Russian lawyer during last year's presidential campaign have broadsided the White House, distracting from its agenda as aides grapple with a crisis involving the president's family. The public has not laid eyes on...
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FBI Director nominee Christopher Wray testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, July 12, 2017, at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
July 12, 2017 - 10:31 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's pick to lead the FBI declared Wednesday he will not let politics get in the way of the bureau's mission, saying its work will be driven only by "the facts, the law and the impartial pursuit of justice." Christopher Wray, a former Justice Department...
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FBI Director nominee Christopher Wray testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, July 12, 2017, at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
July 12, 2017 - 10:31 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's pick to lead the FBI declared Wednesday he will not let politics get in the way of the bureau's mission, saying its work will be driven only by "the facts, the law and the impartial pursuit of justice." Christopher Wray, a former Justice Department...
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FILE - In this Nov. 4, 2016, file photo, Donald Trump Jr. campaigns for his father Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump in Gilbert, Ariz. Donald Trump Jr. has long been his father’s id, the brawler who has helped fuel the president’s pugilistic instincts and stood firm as one of his fiercest defenders. Now the president’s eldest son is at the center of the firestorm over Russian connections swirling around his father’s administration and trying to fight off charges that he was open to colluding with Moscow to defeat Hillary Clinton.(AP Photo/Matt York, File)
July 12, 2017 - 10:14 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The snowballing revelations about Donald Trump Jr.'s meeting with a Russian lawyer during last year's presidential campaign have broadsided the White House, distracting from its agenda as aides grapple with a crisis involving the president's family. The public has not laid eyes on...
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FILE - In this Nov. 4, 2016, file photo, Donald Trump Jr. campaigns for his father Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump in Gilbert, Ariz. Donald Trump Jr. has long been his father’s id, the brawler who has helped fuel the president’s pugilistic instincts and stood firm as one of his fiercest defenders. Now the president’s eldest son is at the center of the firestorm over Russian connections swirling around his father’s administration and trying to fight off charges that he was open to colluding with Moscow to defeat Hillary Clinton.(AP Photo/Matt York, File)
July 12, 2017 - 10:14 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The snowballing revelations about Donald Trump Jr.'s meeting with a Russian lawyer during last year's presidential campaign have broadsided the White House, distracting from its agenda as aides grapple with a crisis involving the president's family. The public has not laid eyes on...
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FILE - In this June 29, 2017, file photo, FBI Director nominee Christopher Wray meets with Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, in his office on Capitol Hill in Washington. Wray, President Donald Trump’s pick to lead the FBI faces a confirmation hearing on July 12 that will undoubtedly focus on the political tumult surrounding his nomination.(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
July 12, 2017 - 9:40 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's pick to lead the FBI faces a confirmation hearing Wednesday that will undoubtedly focus on the political tumult surrounding his nomination, with both Democrats and Republicans seeking assurances of his independence from the White House. Christopher Wray,...
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FILE - In this June 29, 2017, file photo, FBI Director nominee Christopher Wray meets with Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, in his office on Capitol Hill in Washington. Wray, President Donald Trump’s pick to lead the FBI faces a confirmation hearing on July 12 that will undoubtedly focus on the political tumult surrounding his nomination.(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
July 12, 2017 - 9:40 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's pick to lead the FBI faces a confirmation hearing Wednesday that will undoubtedly focus on the political tumult surrounding his nomination, with both Democrats and Republicans seeking assurances of his independence from the White House. Christopher Wray,...
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Italian Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano, top left, speaks at the Western Balkans summit in Trieste, Italy, Wednesday, July 12, 2017. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron will attend a summit of western Balkan leaders on forging ahead with EU integration amid the bloc's current troubles with Brexit. (Andrea Lasorte/ANSA via AP)
July 12, 2017 - 9:38 am
TRIESTE, Italy (AP) — European Union leaders are meeting with their Western Balkan counterparts to press ahead with economic integration amid Russia's increasing influence in the region and the EU's own troubles with Brexit, migration and security fears. Italian Premier Paolo Gentiloni is hosting...
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