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Comey: FBI probe of Russia initially looked at 4 Americans

Eric Tucker, Chad Day and Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 8th - 8:32pm

The FBI's counterintelligence investigation into potential ties between the Trump campaign and Russia initially focused on four Americans and whether they were connected to Russian efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election, former FBI Director James Comey told lawmakers during hours of closed-door questioning.

The Latest: Booker speaks at Democrat victory celebration

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 8th - 3:05pm

The Latest on Sen. Cory Booker's visit to New Hampshire (all times local):

Pence aide out of running to be Trump's next chief of staff

Zeke Miller, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 8th - 11:44am

President Donald Trump's top pick to replace chief of staff John Kelly, Nick Ayers, is no longer expected to fill the role.

New county clerk to tackle election woes in Utah County

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 8th - 10:27am

The incoming county clerk in Utah County used to work for a major construction machinery company helping companies increase sales and efficiencies.

Sen. Cory Booker visits New Hampshire in preview for 2020

Paul Steinhauser, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 8th - 5:47am

Sen. Cory Booker, returning to the first-in-the-nation primary state Saturday for a two-day trip that could turn out to be a tuneup for the New Jersey Democrat's potential presidential campaign, said the visit leaves him "a lot more confident in making decisions going forward."

Trump signs Hatch-sponsored child pornography victim assistance law

Dennis Romboy, KSL  |  Posted Dec 7th - 7:00pm

Child pornography victims could have better access to federal restitution under a bipartisan bill President Donald Trump signed into law Friday.

Absentee vote changes may have invited 'ballot harvesting'

Gary D. Robertson, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 7th - 3:38pm

Changes made to absentee voting procedures five years ago in North Carolina may have emboldened workers to run the type of illegal "ballot-harvesting" operation alleged to have been used in a disputed congressional race, election experts and lawmakers said.

US: Trump lawyer talked with Russian offering 'political synergy'

Chad Day, Eric Tucker and Jim Mustian, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 7th - 3:13pm

President Donald Trump's former lawyer, Michael Cohen, was in touch as far back as 2015 with a Russian who offered "political synergy" with the Trump election campaign and proposed a meeting between the candidate and Russian President Vladimir Putin, the special counsel said Friday.

McAdams outspent by more than $2.2 million by Love in 4th Congressional District race

Lisa Riley Roche, KSL  |  Posted Dec 7th - 1:58pm

Rep.-elect Ben McAdams, the Democrat who narrowly defeated Republican Rep. Mia Love in the 4th Congressional District, was outspent by his opponent by more than $2.2 million.

Effort to weaken governors stirs separation-of-powers debate

Ivan Moreno, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 7th - 1:36pm

If Democrats sue to prevent Republicans from diluting the powers of newly elected governors and attorneys general in Wisconsin and Michigan, the lawsuits will probably center on one question: Are lawmakers usurping authority that belongs to the executive branch?

The Latest: Candidate would back new election if fraud shown

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 7th - 1:29pm

The Latest on a probe into voting irregularities in an unresolved North Carolina congressional race (all times local):

Comey faces off with GOP over Clinton emails, alleged bias

Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 7th - 9:46am

Former FBI Director James Comey spoke to House investigators behind closed doors for almost seven hours Friday, begrudgingly answering questions about the Justice Department's decisions during the 2016 presidential election.

Gov. Jay Inslee raises money for possible White House bid

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 7th - 9:03am

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee's new political action committee has reported $112,500 in donations as the Democrat gears up for a possible presidential run.

Trump Justice pick likely to be queried on Mueller comments

Michael Balsamo, Eric Tucker and Chad Day, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 7th - 8:17am

President Donald Trump on Friday picked former Attorney General William Barr to once again serve as America's top law enforcement official. But while his experience and mainstream background may boost his prospects for confirmation, Democrats are raising alarms about his comments on the Russia investigation and Hillary Clinton.

GOP House candidate would back new election if fraud shown

Jonathan Drew, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 7th - 6:45am

The Republican candidate in North Carolina's unresolved congressional race said Friday that he would support a new election if it's proved that fraud changed the outcome of a contest that was decided by 905 votes.

North Carolina Republican congressional candidate says he would back new election if probe proves fraud swayed outcome

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 7th - 1:26pm

North Carolina Republican congressional candidate says he would back new election if probe proves fraud swayed outcome.

GOP won't commit to seating Democrat in close Kentucky race

Adam Beam, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 7th - 1:21pm

GOP leaders in Kentucky won't commit to seating a Democrat who ousted a Republican incumbent by just one vote in a contested election, setting up a potential partisan clash when the legislature convenes next month.

Beer for vote: Another arrest in Mississippi election fraud

Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 7th - 1:17pm

Prosecutors in Mississippi say a former fire chief promised beer and money to influence votes as officials have arrested a seventh person in an election fraud case.

Judge rejects challenge to winner-take-all election system

Alanna Durkin Richer, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 7th - 11:59am

A federal judge on Friday dismissed a lawsuit challenging the winner-take-all system Massachusetts uses to assign its Electoral College presidential votes, rejecting the argument that it violates the principle of "one person, one vote."