Five Years On, US Government Still Counting Snowden Leak Costs

By DEB RIECHMANN , Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Whistleblower or traitor, leaker or public hero? National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden blew the lid off U.S. government surveillance methods five years ago, but intelligence chiefs complain that revelations from the trove of classified documents he disclosed are still trickling out. That includes recent reporting…

Report: Trump Lawyers’ Letter To Mueller Challenges Subpoena

By JONATHAN LEMIRE , Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s lawyers composed a secret 20-page letter to special counsel Robert Mueller to assert that he cannot be forced to testify while arguing that he could not have committed obstruction because he has absolute authority over all federal investigations. The existence of the letter,…

Trump Mulls Commuting Sentence Of Ex-Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump says he is considering commuting the sentence of ex-Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich and pardoning Martha Stewart. The comments came aboard Air Force One on Thursday after he announced on Twitter that he planned to pardon conservative commentator Dinesh D’Souza. Trump tells reporters that Blagojevich said something dumb but that…

President Trump Plans To Go Ahead With Steel, Aluminum Tariffs On EU

By KEN THOMAS and ANGELA CHARLTON , Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s administration is planning to impose tariffs on European steel and aluminum imports after failing to win concessions from the European Union, a move that could provoke retaliatory tariffs and inflame trans-Atlantic trade tensions. U.S. and European officials held last-ditch talks…