Political corruption

U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter, center, leaves an arraignment hearing as a protester carries a sign, left, Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018, in San Diego. Hunter and his wife Margaret pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges they illegally used his campaign account for personal expenses. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)
August 24, 2018 - 11:55 am
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Indicted Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter is suggesting that his wife is to blame for misuse of campaign funds after the couple was indicted on using up to $250,000 in campaign funds for trips, clothing purchases and school tuition Hunter in an interview with Fox News on Thursday...
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U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks during a news conference regarding the country's opioid epidemic, Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
August 23, 2018 - 9:53 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times local): 10:45 p.m. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is declaring that the Justice Department "will not be improperly influenced by political considerations" as he pushes back against President Donald Trump's latest jabs. Sessions'...
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U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter holds a sign that reads "lock him up!", that was placed on the windshield of his car by a protester, as he leaves an arraignment Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018, in San Diego. Hunter and his wife Margaret pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges they illegally used his campaign account for personal expenses. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
August 23, 2018 - 6:31 pm
SAN DIEGO (AP) — U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter was swarmed by demonstrators yelling "shame on you!" as he left a federal courthouse Thursday in San Diego after pleading not guilty to charges of illegally using his campaign account for personal expenses. The California Republican and his wife, Margaret,...
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President Donald Trump listens during a roundtable on the "Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act" in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018, in Washington. From left, Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., Rep. Jeb Hensarling, and Trump. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
August 23, 2018 - 5:38 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Jeff Sessions punched back hard at President Donald Trump's latest sneering criticism Thursday as their long-running rift exploded into a public smackdown. Trump, concerned by the legal downfall of two former advisers, accused Sessions of failing to take control...
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FILE - In this July 21, 2018, file photo, Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez speak in New York. Democrats seem eager to highlight Republican corruption ahead of the November midterm elections now that two of President Donald Trump’s former top allies are felons. As the party faithful gathered in Chicago Aug. 22 for the Democratic National Committee’s summer meeting, Perez ticked off the growing list of legal troubles for Trump and other Republicans. An “out of control” situation, he said, demands that voters “put up guard rails” by returning Democrats to power. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)
August 22, 2018 - 11:38 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — With two of President Donald Trump's former allies now felons, Democrats seem more eager to accuse Republicans of widespread corruption ahead of the November midterm elections. But it's a tricky argument for Democrats as they try to avoid direct talk of impeachment and not lose focus...
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In these 2018 file photos, Paul Manafort leaves federal court in Washington, left and attorney Michael Cohen leaves federal court in New York. The one-two punch ahead of the midterm elections _ the plea from former Trump lawyer Cohen and the fraud conviction of one-time campaign chairman Manafort _ is presenting the biggest loyalty test yet for Republicans who have been reluctant to criticize the president. (AP Photo/File)
August 22, 2018 - 8:13 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The day after President Donald Trump was implicated in a federal crime, members of both parties dismissed talk of impeachment, with some Democrats expressing fears Wednesday about such a politically risky step, and Republicans shrugging off the accusations or withholding judgment...
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White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders listens to a question during the daily press briefing at the White House, Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
August 22, 2018 - 6:01 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times local): 7 p.m. President Donald Trump is accusing his former lawyer Michael Cohen of lying under pressure of prosecution as his White House grapples with allegations that the president orchestrated a campaign cover-up to buy the...
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This courtroom sketch shows Paul Manafort listening to U.S. District court Judge T.S. Ellis III at federal court in Alexandria, Va., Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018. Manafort, the longtime political operative who for months led Donald Trump's winning presidential campaign, was found guilty of eight financial crimes in the first trial victory of the special counsel investigation into the president's associates. A judge declared a mistrial on 10 other counts the jury could not agree on. (Dana Verkouteren via AP)
August 22, 2018 - 11:04 am
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Paul Manafort, the longtime political operative who for months led Donald Trump's successful presidential campaign, was found guilty of eight financial crimes in the first trial victory of the special counsel investigation into the president's associates. A judge declared a...
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FILE - In this Jan. 5, 2011, file photo, House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, left, administers the House oath to Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., as his wife, Margaret, looks on during a mock swearing-in ceremony on Capitol Hill in Washington. A federal grand jury in California on Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018, has indicted U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter and his wife on corruption charges. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
August 21, 2018 - 11:47 pm
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Despite an ongoing FBI investigation into his campaign spending, U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter coasted through the June primary election largely unscathed, finishing first by a 30-point margin and establishing himself as a strong favorite to hold the seat in November. That's now changed...
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President Donald Trump steps off Air Force One as he arrives Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018, at Andrews Air Force Base, Md. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
August 21, 2018 - 11:31 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — His name is Donald John Trump, but federal prosecutors have a simpler moniker for the 45th president: Individual 1. Dry legalese and generic aliases could do nothing to tone down the tale of the scheme to protect Trump outlined in court documents Tuesday. The criminal campaign...
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