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WASHINGTON (AP) — Responding to questions from German reporters during a news conference with Chancellor Angela Markel, President Donald Trump has refused to back down from his unproven claim that Barack Obama wiretapped his phones. Trump quipped while referring to Merkel, "at least we have something in common, perhaps." That was a reference to the Obama administration's monitoring of Merkel's calls. The Justice Department today says it handed over information it has to lawmakers demanding proof. Meanwhile, the British government says claims cited by White House spokesman Sean Spicer that U.K. spies helped Obama spy on Trump are "ridiculous" and that it has been assured by Washington that the claims won't be repeated.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate intelligence committee says it will hold a hearing at the end of the month on its investigation into Russian activities during last year's presidential election. The open hearing on March 30 will focus on ways that Russia works to influence campaigns and public opinion. The committee earlier held an open hearing in January on the Russian activities in the 2016 election.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Votes on the Republican health care bill are planned in the House for next Thursday. President Donald Trump and some House conservatives have agreed to changes in hopes of easing deep party divisions over the overhaul plan. But other conservatives have expressed their continued opposition.
HOUSTON (AP) — Former Texas Rep. Steve Stockman, who invited rocker Ted Nugent to President Barack Obama's 2013 State of the Union address, is accused of spending money meant for charity on himself and contributions to his campaign. Stockman, who served two terms, is charged with conspiracy to make conduit contributions and false statements. The Houston Chronicle reports that Stockman blames the changes of a "deep state" shadow government. Prosecutors say Stockman put a $350,000 charitable condition into an account he opened.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — It's a pay raise after all. The Walt Disney Co. has agreed to pay $3.8 million in back wages to Florida workers for violating minimum wage and overtime rules as part of an agreement with the U.S. Department of Labor. The federal agency says the back wages will be paid to more than 16,000 workers at the Disney Vacation Club Management and Walt Disney Parks and Resorts in Florida.
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