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Lawmaker: Justice Dept. complies...Secret Service criticized...NC power struggle

By The Associated Press | Posted - Mar. 17, 2017 at 10:41 p.m.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the House intelligence committee says the Justice Department has supplied the information it requested about President Donald Trump's explosive accusation that former President Barack Obama had the phones at Trump Tower wiretapped during the presidential election. But California Republican Devin Nunes won't go into details. He'll only say that the department "fully complied" with the committee's request.

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 charges on a "deep state" shadow government. Prosecutors say Stockman put a $350,000 charitable condition into an account he opened.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman of the House Oversight Committee says last week's security breach of the White House grounds was "a complete and utter total failure." Utah Congressman Jason Chaffetz (CHAY'-fits) tells CNN he was told by the Homeland Security Secretary that the person went undetected on the grounds for 17 minutes while President Donald Trump was inside. Chaffetz says the man -- who faces charges --- was able to "look through" a White House window and "rattle the door handle" before being apprehended.

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's top diplomat is urging companies thinking about signing on to help build President Donald Trump's planned border wall to check their consciences. Foreign Relations Secretary Luis Videgaray says working on the wall is "not an economic opportunity but rather a deeply unfriendly act."

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's new Democratic governor has scored a legal victory against what some Democrats have called a legislative coup attempt by Republicans. A judicial panel has partially sided with Gov. Roy Cooper over laws designed to undercut his powers. Three judges threw out laws approved two weeks before Cooper took office that limit his authority in carrying out elections and that give civil service job protections to hundreds of former Republican Gov. Pat McCrory's political appointees.

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