FBI to investigate Kavanaugh, delaying confirmation by one week

US President Donald Trump has relented to intense pressure, including from moderate Republicans, and ordered a one-week FBI investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Mr Trump addressed the announcement on Twitter, appearing confident Mr Kavanaugh will be cleared. “Just started, tonight, our 7th FBI investigation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh,”…

Chinese National Arrested in US for Alleged Spying

A Chinese national has been arrested in Chicago for alleged spying, accused of helping Beijing recruit US engineers and scientists. Ji Chaoqun was apprehended in Chicago, charged with acting as an illegal foreign agent in the US, according the US attorney’s office. “By collecting this information for an arm of the Chinese government while in…

Former Trump campaign aide Papadopoulos sentenced to 14 days in prison

George Papadopoulos, a former campaign aide for the Trump 2016 campaign, has been sentenced to 14 days in prison on charges of lying to federal agents investigating collusion between the campaign and Russia. The prosecution claims that Mr Papadopoulos lied to investigators about his contact with Russians during the campaign “to minimize both his own…

Trump’s lawyer’s privacy claims over evidence attacked

A US prosecutor has attacked claims by Michael Cohen, US President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, that many of the materials seized by the FBI this week from his office and home should remain private. Invoking attorney-client privilege, Mr Cohen argued that the materials seized as part of a criminal investigation contained sensitive material from his…

FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe fired two days before retirement

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions has fired Andrew McCabe from his former position as FBI Deputy Director, just two days before he was eligible to retire. Mr McCabe, who would have been eligible to retire on his 50th birthday in two days, was heavily involved in the investigations into Hillary Clinton and Russia’s role in…

FBI admits it missed warnings about Florida school shooter

The FBI has admitted it failed to follow up on a tip from someone close to Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz from “a person close” to him in a statement released on Friday. The FBI said the tip warned about Cruz’s gun ownership, desire to kill people, erratic behaviour, disturbing social media posts and the…

US charges Russians with tampering in US election, Trump claims vindication

US special counsel Robert Mueller has charged 13 Russians and three Russian companies with attempting to influence the 2016 election campaign. Three Russian companies were also charged as part of the espionage conspiracy, which utilised social media trolling and other methods in an attempt to “sow discord in the US political system, including the 2016…

Nunes memo released, claims FBI bias against Trump

The controversial Nunes memo has been released, alleging an abuse of power by the FBI in the investigation into Russia and the 2016 federal election. The document was released with Trump’s approval, despite a warning from the Department of Justice that it was a “reckless” act. The memo claims that the FBI relied on information…

Michael Flynn pleads guilty to lying to FBI about Russia contact

Michael Flynn, former US national security adviser and a senior member of the Trump campaign team, admitted that he gave false statements to the FBI about contact with Russia’s ambassador at the time, Sergei Kislyak. Mr Flynn has agreed to cooperate with the investigation into alleged interference in the 2016 election by the Russians. The…

Donald Trump Grieves in Las Vegas as Shooter’s Girlfriend Questioned

US President Donald Trump has declared the day a “very, very sad day” for himself and the nation, after visiting a Las Vegas hospital following the worst mass killing in modern US history. Mr Trump met with survivors and law enforcement officials on Wednesday afternoon in the aftermath of the shooting, where a gunman killed…