Trump: I was going to fire Comey even without recommendation

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Thursday he would have fired FBI Director James Comey even without the recommendation from his top political appointees at the Justice Department, contradicting earlier White House accounts. 

  • Written by EILEEN SULLIVAN, DEB RIECHMANN and JULIE PACE , Associated Press

Trump launches commission to investigate voter fraud

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump signed an executive order Thursday launching a commission to review alleged voter fraud and voter suppression, building upon his unsubstantiated claims that millions of people voted illegally in the 2016 election.

  • Written by KEN THOMAS , Associated Press

As farmers worry, Agriculture Department will promote trade

WASHINGTON (AP) — As farmers fret over President Donald Trump's criticism of international trade agreements, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue is trying to reassure them by creating a top post to oversee trade and foreign agricultural affairs.


  • Written by MARY CLARE JALONICK , Associated Press

Survey: Internal watchdogs worried about Trump hiring freeze

WASHINGTON (AP) — Internal watchdogs at federal agencies worry that a hiring freeze imposed by the Trump administration could put their oversight mission at risk, threatening their ability to detect and prevent waste, fraud and abuse, a new survey says.

  • Written by MATTHEW DALY , Associated Press

Options for truly independent Russia probe are limited

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats' calls for an independent prosecutor to lead the investigation into Trump campaign contacts with Russia grew louder Wednesday in the aftermath of the FBI director's ouster, but the options for an independent probe remain limited, and the only current avenue for such an appointment is in the hands of the Justice Department. 

  • Written by EILEEN SULLIVAN , Associated Press