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Michael Cohen walks out of federal court, Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018, in New York, after pleading guilty to lying to Congress about work he did on an aborted project to build a Trump Tower in Russia., Cohen told the judge he lied about the timing of the negotiations and other details to be consistent with Trump's "political message." (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

Michael Cohen pleads guilty to lying to Congress

- The Washington Times

President Trump’s longtime “fixer” Michael Cohen pleaded guilty Thursday to charges of lying to Congress and now says the president’s business empire was pursuing a deal with Russia even during the heart of the 2016 presidential campaign as that country was trying to interfere in the election.

Police officers walk in the backyard of Deutsche Bank headquarters during a raid in Frankfurt, Germany, Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

German police search Deutsche Bank offices in tax haven case

- Associated Press

German authorities searched the headquarters of Deutsche Bank in Frankfurt and other offices on Thursday on the suspicion bank employees helped clients set up offshore companies in tax havens to launder hundreds of millions of euros, in an investigation brought about from an analysis of online document leaks.

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President Barack Obama uses a laptop computer to send a tweet during a "Twitter Town Hall" in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, July 6, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak) **FILE**

Obama-era CIA peeked at congressional staff emails

- The Washington Times

The CIA during the Obama administration intercepted and analyzed the email of some congressional staffers, the agency publicly confirmed this week, releasing declassified notifications from 2014 that contained details of the snooping.

This Thursday, June 8, 2017, file photo shows the U.S. Treasury Department building in Washington.  (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File) ** FILE **

Treasury official busted for leaking financial reports on Trump campaign team

- The Washington Times

The Trump administration's effort to root out leakers in the federal government bagged a top-level Treasury employee who was charged Tuesday with giving a reporter confidential information about suspicious financial transactions involving former Trump campaign officials Paul Manafort and Rick Gates, accused Russian agent Maria Butina and the Russian Embassy.

Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe listens on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, May 11, 2017, during the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on major threats facing the U.S. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

House Judiciary Committee subpoenas McCabe memos

- The Washington Times

Two House committees investigating FBI and Justice Department actions surrounding the 2016 election issued a subpoena Thursday for memos written by fired FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, as one key witness said he will no longer speak to lawmakers.

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan cheered "the revitalization of our appropriations process," but appropriations bills that increase nonessential spending only exacerbate the nation's crushing debt burden. (Associated Press/File)

'Minibus' bills miss opportunity to cut spending and regulations

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan cheered the passage of a package of three spending bills as "the revitalization of our appropriations process." The Wisconsin Republican also opined: "Funding the government is one of Congress' most basic responsibilities, and this conference report is a strong first act."