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U.S. lawmakers seek deeper probe into Russia ties after Trump aide quits

Congress wants investigationsU.S. lawmakers, including some leading Republicans, called on Tuesday for a deeper inquiry into White House ties to Russia, after national security adviser Michael Flynn resigned in President Donald Trump's biggest staff upheaval so far.

Flynn quit on Monday after only three weeks in the job amid revelations that he had discussed U.S. sanctions on Russia with Moscow's ambassador to the United States before Trump took office, in a potentially illegal action, and had later misled Vice President Mike Pence about the conversations.

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House chairman shoots down Rep. Pascrell's effort to see Trump taxes

House chaair shoots down attempt to get Trump's taxesThe chairman of the House committee that sets tax policy on Monday rejected Rep. Bill Pascrell's effort to obtain President Trump’s tax returns by using an obscure power Congress gave itself after the Teapot Dome scandal in 1924.

"If Congress begins to use its powers to rummage around in the tax returns of the President, what prevents Congress from doing the same to average Americans?" said Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas. "Privacy and civil liberties are still important rights in this country and the Ways and Means Committee is not going to start to weaken them."

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Congressman: Rarely used law could make Trump tax returns public

Bill PascrellA New Jersey congressman says a rarely invoked 1924 law could be used to examine President Donald Trump's tax returns for possible conflicts of interest and Constitutional violations.

Rep. Bill Pascrell, a Democrat who serves on the Ways and Means Committee, has asked the committee’s chairman, Rep. Kevin Brady of Texas, to order the Treasury Department to provide tax returns to the committee. Brady's office did not respond to a request for comment Friday.

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Trump brings up vote fraud again, this time in meeting with senators

Trump still talking voter fraudPresident Donald Trump can’t stop—won’t stop—talking about the election.

On Thursday, during a meeting with 10 senators that was billed as a listening session about Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, the president went off on a familiar tangent, suggesting again that he was a victim of widespread voter fraud despite the fact that he won the presidential election.

As soon as the door closed and the reporters allowed to observe for a few minutes had been ushered out, Trump began to talk about the election, participants said, triggered by the presence of former New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte, who lost her reelection bid in November and is now working for Trump as a Capitol Hill liaison, or “Sherpa,” on the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch.

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Jeff Sessions confirmed as U.S. Attorney General

Jeff Sessions confirnedAlabama Senator Jeff Sessions was confirmed Wednesday as the next U.S. Attorney General.

The Senate split mostly along party lines in the vote for Sessions. Only one Democrat - West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin - crossed the aisle to support Sessions.  The final vote was 52-47.

Sessions will be sworn in shortly by President Donald Trump.

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Sanders, Dems read Coretta Scott King's letter after Warren silenced

Sanders reads Coretta King letterSenate Democrats are taking to the Senate floor to read Coretta Scott King's letter after Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) was temporarily banned from speaking.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) took the Senate floor on Wednesday to read the 1986 letter King wrote opposing Sen. Jeff Sessions's (R-Ala.) nomination for a federal judgeship.

"The idea that a letter and a statement made by Coretta Scott King, the widow of Martin Luther King Jr. ... could not be presented and spoken about here on the floor of the Senate is, to me, incomprehensible," he said from the Senate floor.

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McConnell: Warren’s blistering Sessions speech broke Senate rules

McConnell shuts down WarrwenSenate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) accused Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) of breaking the Senate’s rules with a blistering floor speech against Sen. Jeff Sessions’s attorney general nomination.

The Senate’s top Republican interrupted Warren’s speech to argue that she was violating the upper chamber’s rules, despite an initial warning by GOP Sen. Steve Daines (R-Mont.), who was presiding over the Senate.

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