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In this March 7, 2017, file photo, then-Deputy Attorney General-designate Rod Rosenstein, listens on Capitol Hill in Washington, during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Rosenstein to brief senators on Trump probe

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein will brief senators behind close doors on Thursday, giving lawmakers a chance to prod the man who's now at the forefront of the firing of FBI Director James B. Comey and the ongoing probe into Trump campaign figures' dealings with Russia. Published May 15, 2017

Fired FBI Director James B. Comey is likely to stay away from interference in an ongoing investigation into Russian meddling in the November presidential election. (Associated Press/File)

Top Democrats demand President Trump's Comey tapes

Top House Democrats on Friday demanded that President Trump turn over any tapes he has of his conversation with then-FBI Director James B. Comey, saying the president forced the issue by suggesting the possibility of recordings. Published May 14, 2017

Eric C. Conn used these law offices in Stanville, Kentucky, to commit one of the biggest Social Security disability fraud cases in U.S. history. (Associated Press/File)

Judge pleads guilty in massive Social Security fraud case

An administrative judge involved in one of the biggest Social Security frauds in history pleaded guilty Friday, admitting that he helped scam the federal government out of potentially more than half a billion dollars in bogus disability payments. Published May 14, 2017

President Barack Obama meets with a group of "Dreamers" in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015. (Associated Press **FILE**

Feds nab three Dreamers, 10 UAC in nationwide gang operation

Three illegal immigrant Dreamers approved under President Obama's 2012 amnesty have been snared in a new nationwide anti-gang operation targeting traffickers and violent criminals, federal authorities announced Thursday. Published May 11, 2017

President Donald Trump talks to reporters during a meeting with Dr. Henry Kissinger, former Secretary of State and National Security Advisor under President Richard Nixon, in the Oval Office of the White House, Wednesday, May 10, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump not personally under investigation, top senators say

President Trump was correct when he said he wasn't personally under investigation in the FBI's Russia election meddling probe, two key senators said Thursday, though both of them said the government owes the public a better explanation of what's going on. Published May 11, 2017

In this March 7, 2017, file photo, then-Deputy Attorney General-designate Rod Rosenstein, listens on Capitol Hill in Washington, during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Rosenstein's firing memo faces questions as Democrats demand recusal

Key Democrats are questioning the memo Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein wrote justifying the ouster of FBI Director James B. Comey, saying it doesn't sound like the kind of document someone with the lawyer's long experience would craft -- and saying it's more evidence for why he should recuse himself from probing President Trump. Published May 11, 2017

Millennials increased their voter participation in 2016 election

Millennials actually increased their participation in last year's election, according to new Census Bureau data Wednesday that challenges conventional wisdom that frustrated young people fed up with the choices failed to turn out to vote. Published May 10, 2017

In this March 7, 2017, file photo, then-Deputy Attorney General-designate Rod Rosenstein, listens on Capitol Hill in Washington, during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Dems now say deputy attorney general also tarnished by FBI firing

Senate Democrats said Wednesday that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, whom most of them voted to confirm just weeks ago, has now been tainted by this week's firing of FBI Director James Comey and can no longer be involved in deciding the next big steps in the Russia probe. Published May 10, 2017

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., ranking member on the Senate Judiciary subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism, second from right, accompanied by, from left, Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn of Texas, subcommittee Chairman Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Senate Minority Whip Richard Durbin of Ill., speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, May 8, 2017, during the subcommittee's hearing: "Russian Interference in the 2016 United States Election." (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Senate Democrats cancel VA oversight to protest Comey

Democrats shut down most action in the Senate on Wednesday, saying they were retaliating for the firing a day earlier of FBI Director James Comey, forcing the cancellation of a number of important hearings. Published May 10, 2017

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., center, flanked by Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., left, and Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn of Texas, speaks to members of the media about healthcare, Tuesday, May 9, 2017, on Capitol Hill in Washington following a policy luncheon. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

McConnell accuses Dems of hypocrisy on Comey firing

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Wednesday that Democrats are being hypocritical in complaining about FBI Director James Comey's firing a day earlier, saying they lodged many of the same complaints about him that the Justice Department cited as reasons for the ouster. Published May 10, 2017

Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, New York Democrat, displays a letter to Republicans about health care while speaking to the media last week We didn't lay out our exact specific plan," Mr. Schumer told reporters. "We laid out where we want to go." (Associated Press)

Schumer told Trump Comey firing was 'big mistake'

The Senate's top Democrat told President Trump he was "making a big mistake" by firing FBI Director James Comey on Tuesday, and said the move undermines faith in the presidency. Published May 9, 2017

In this Wednesday, May 3, 2017, photo then-FBI Director James Comey pauses as he testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, before a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing. President Donald Trump abruptly fired Comey on May 9, ousting the nation's top law enforcement official in the midst of an investigation into whether Trump's campaign had ties to Russia's election meddling.(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Trump fires FBI Director James Comey

President Trump fired FBI Director James B. Comey on Tuesday, saying the country's top law enforcement agency had lost the public's trust, but sparked a new round of questions over why he ousted the man leading an investigation into his campaign operatives' ties to Russia. Published May 9, 2017

In this Tuesday, May 2, 2017, photo, a Customs and Border Protection helicopter flies at a low altitude over the U.S.-Mexico border fence near the Gateway International Bridge in Brownsville, Texas. (Jason Hoekema/The Brownsville Herald via AP)

Trump's immigration enforcement helps slow illegal border crossings by 76%

Illegal immigration across the southwestern border is down a stunning 76 percent since President Trump was elected, with the flow of children and families dropping even faster as analysts say the administration's commitment to enforcing the law has changed the reality along the border. Published May 9, 2017