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By The Associated Press | Updated - Oct 18th, 2019 @ 9:40pm | Posted - Oct 17th, 2019 @ 10:40pm



WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials are unable to clarify President Donald Trump's claims that there has been "tremendous success" in the past few days in northern Syria, where Turkish forces have advanced against Kurdish forces allied with the U.S. Trump disputed criticism that his decision to withdraw from Syria damaged U.S. credibility, betrayed the Kurds and could empower a comeback by Islamic State.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department's internal investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's use of a private email found violations by 38 people some of whom may face disciplinary action. The department determined that those 38 people were "culpable" in 91 cases of sending classified information in messages that ended up in Clinton's personal email. The probe did not find widespread mishandling of classified information.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The shifting White House explanations for President Donald Trump's decision to withhold military aid from Ukraine are drawing alarm from Republicans. Republican Rep. Francis Rooney of Florida tells reporters that he and others are concerned about remarks from the acting White House chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney. At a Thursday news conference, Mulvaney essentially acknowledged a quid pro quo with Ukraine that Trump has long denied.

BARDARASH, Iraq (AP) — Salwa Hanna's family thought they were safe when they fled to the northern Syrian town of Kobani early last year because the Americans were there. U.S. forces had partnered with local Kurdish fighters to defeat the Islamic State group and then stuck around in part to deter a Turkish invasion. Then, in a surprise move earlier this month, the Americans left and the family's fearful flight resumed.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Adam Schiff, the chairman of the House intelligence committee, is leading the investigation into President Donald Trump. Schiff is proceeding like the prosecutor he once was, staging a grand jury-like process that has been pilloried by Republicans. As Schiff works behind closed doors to build the case, Republicans accuse Democrats of waging an unfair investigation. But Schiff says the House has few other choices than to build the case on its own.

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