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Attorneys general expand lawsuit against Trump, going after him as a private citizen

Trump to be probed as a private citizenA lawsuit by the attorneys general of Maryland and the District of Columbia accusing President Trump of accepting gifts from foreign governments will now challenge Trump as both a government official and a private businessman, The Associated Press reports.

Plaintiffs argue that the president is in violation of the Constitution's "emoluments" clause, which prohibits the president from accepting gifts from foreign governments, because he has failed to divest himself from his lucrative businesses.

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'This is not normal': Glitches mar new tax law

Not normal: tax glitches popping up all over

The glitches in the new tax law are starting to pile up.

One inadvertently denies restaurants, retailers and others generous new write-offs for things like remodeling.

Another would allow wealthy money managers to sidestep a crackdown on lucrative tax break that allows them pay lower taxes on some of their income than ordinary wage earners. A third creates two different start dates for new rules that make it harder for businesses to shave their tax bills.

There are dozens of other snafus, hitting everything from real estate investments to multinational corporations to farmers.

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Report: Jared Kushner's White House security clearance hits new snag

Jared Kushner's security clearance hits new snagAlthough White House chief of staff John Kelly will make the final call on a security clearance for senior adviser Jared Kushner, a top Justice Department official reportedly alerted the  Trump administration about significant information on the president's son-in-law requiring additional investigation that would further delay the process.

The Washington Post, quoting three unidentified sources, reported Saturday that Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein informed White House counsel Donald McGahn on Feb. 9 about the new developments in the case.

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Trump-Russia: Manafort 'paid European ex-politicians'

Manafort paid European ex politicians

Ex-Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort secretly paid unnamed former senior European politicians to lobby for Ukraine's previous pro-Russia government, a new indictment filed by special counsel Robert Mueller says.

Mr Manafort paid over €2m ($2.5m; £1.8m) to the ex-politicians, it says.

He has maintained his innocence in the face of Mr Mueller's investigations.

Mr Trump's ex-deputy campaign manager, Rick Gates, has admitted conspiracy and lying to investigators in a plea deal.

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Trump: Kelly will decide on Kushner clearance

Jared Kushner's clearance to be determined by KellyPresident Trump on Friday said chief of staff John Kelly will have the final word on a security clearance for his chief adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner.

Speaking on Friday at a joint press conference with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Trump defended his son-in-law, saying that he is doing important work at the White House and not accepting a paycheck.

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Another Trump aide pleads guilty, strikes deal with Mueller

Richard Gates pleads guilty

At the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) yesterday, far-right activists, perhaps forgetting what year it is, launched into an extended “lock her up” chant. This morning, during Donald Trump’s remarks, it happened again.

The conservatives’ timing could’ve been better.

Former campaign aide Rick Gates has agreed to plead guilty to conspiracy and making a false statement, becoming the third associate of President Donald Trump to make a deal with special counsel Robert Mueller.

Gates, who was indicted with former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort in October on conspiracy and other charges related to their lobbying work in Ukraine, arrived at federal court in Washington Friday afternoon for a 2 p.m. plea hearing.

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Mueller files new charges against Manafort and Gates

New charges filed against Manafort and Gates

Special counsel Robert Mueller has filed new charges against former Trump campaign staffers Paul Manafort and Richard Gates.

A federal court in Virginia on Thursday returned a 32-count superseding indictment charging Manafort and Gates with committing tax fraud, failing to file reports on foreign bank and financial accounts and bank fraud conspiracy.

“From approximately 2006 through the present, Manafort and Gates engaged in a scheme to hide income from United States authorities, while enjoying the use of the money,” the indictment reads.

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