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FBI: Russia ties probed, no wiretap...Manafort speaks...Minneapolis police criticized

By The Associated Press | Posted - Mar. 20, 2017 at 3:40 p.m.



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WASHINGTON (AP) — Top House Democrat Nancy Pelosi says an independent investigative commission should be created to look into possible links and coordination between associates of President Donald Trump and Russian officials seeking to undermine Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign. FBI Director James Comey today confirmed in congressional testimony that the agency has been investigating the matter since last July. Comey also told the panel that he has no evidence that to support the president's claim that former President Obama ordered the wiretapping of Trump Tower.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is distancing itself from two former senior members of Donald Trump's team, amid an FBI investigation into possible connections between Trump "associates" and Russia. Press secretary Sean Spicer insisted today that former national security adviser Michael Flynn was a "volunteer of the campaign." And Spicer said former campaign manager Paul Manafort, who ran the presidential bid for months, "played a very limited role for a very limited amount of time." Manafort issued a statement later today distancing himself against suggestions he played a role in Russia's efforts. Manafort resigned amid revelations his firm had lobbied for a pro-Russian party in Ukraine.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The president of the Minneapolis NAACP charges that police violence and harassment against black men is continuing in the city. Jason Sole confronted city leaders during a news conference called to react to a Justice Department review of how their city handled 18 days of protests outside a police station in 2015. The protests followed the shooting of Jamar Clark, a 24-year-old black man who died in a confrontation with two white officers.

NEW YORK (AP) — LGBT advocates are questioning the Trump administration's quiet deletion of questions on sexuality from two federal surveys. The administration has also withdrawn a planned evaluation of the effectiveness of a homelessness project for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth. The moves have alarmed watchdogs who worry they may point to a manipulation of government data collection to serve the ideology of a government they view as hostile to their causes.

NEW YORK (AP) — A Philadelphia man has sued a New York City bar, saying he was denied service because he was wearing a hat supporting President Donald Trump. The New York Post reports the man contends a round of drinks was "slammed" down on the bar and that he was told by the bar owner that "anyone who supports Trump or believes what you believe is not welcome here." The bar says it welcomes diversity but reserves the right to ask "disruptive and rude" people to leave.

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