WASHINGTON (AP) — He's taken himself off any Justice Department investigations into Russian election-meddling, but Democrats who are accusing Attorney General Jeff Sessions of lying are calling for him to also resign. Sessions says he didn't intend to mislead lawmakers who pressed him about any contacts with the Russians during the campaign. He says he should have slowed down and said he met with one Russian official 'a couple of times.' President Donald Trump issued a statement Thursday night saying Sessions is "an honest man" and that Democrats have lost their grip on reality.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says a December meeting at Trump Tower attended by Russia's ambassador, Michael Flynn and the president's son-in-law Jared Kushner was a "brief courtesy meeting." Flynn, who had yet to be named national security adviser, was fired last month for misleading the vice president about his contacts with the same Russian ambassador to the U.S.
CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois congressman has compared town hall meetings, which for many Republicans have turned into raucous affairs, to the practice of "cleansing" by "Orientals." Republican Rep. Mike Bost (bahst) now says he "used a poor choice of words" and had no malicious intent. Instead of facing voters in person, Bost hosted a tele-town hall instead.
BALTIMORE (AP) — Six Baltimore police detectives are behind bars pending trial and a seventh faces a Friday detention hearing. They face federal charges including theft, fraud and conspiracy. The seven were part of a task force targeting illegal guns. They were involved in hundreds of cases in two years. Prosecutors said in court Thursday that witnesses are "terrified" that the officers or their colleagues will retaliate against them.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Harvard University is taking new steps to confront its past ties to slavery. It's hosting a conference Friday exploring the historical ties between slavery and early universities, including Harvard. Harvard unveiled a plaque last year honoring four slaves who lived and worked on campus in the 1700s. Harvard Law also has dropped an emblem that was tied to a slave-owning family. Harvard's conference will be streamed online.