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Jeff Mordock

Jeff Mordock is the White House reporter for The Washington Times. A native of Newtown, Pennsylvania, he previously worked for Gannett and has won awards from both the Delaware Press Association and the Maryland Delaware D.C. Press Association. He is a graduate of George Washington University and can be reached at

Articles by Jeff Mordock

In this April 16, 2018 photo, adult film actress Stormy Daniels outside federal court in New York.  Stormy Daniels filed a defamation complaint in federal court in New York on Monday. At issue is a tweet Trump made in which he dismissed a composite sketch that Daniels says depicts a man who threatened her in 2011 to stay quiet about her alleged sexual encounter with Trump.  (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Stormy Daniels sues Trump for defamation

Adult-film actress Stormy Daniels filed a defamation lawsuit Monday against President Trump, who called her claim of being threatened over her alleged affair with the president "a total con job." Published April 30, 2018

The Department of Justice headquarters building in Washington is photographed early in the morning on May 14, 2013. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Panasonic subsidiary pays $280M to settle false records, bribery charges

A Panasonic Corp. subsidiary will pay about $280 million to settle civil and criminal charges that the company falsified financial records to conceal payments to sales representatives working in China and other Asian countries, the Department of Justice said Monday Published April 30, 2018

FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2017, file photo, Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, leaves the federal courthouse in Washington. A federal judge in Washington has thrown out a civil lawsuit brought by President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman that sought to challenge the authority of the special counsel in the Russia investigation. The decision was a blow to Manafort’s defense against special counsel Robert Mueller. U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson issued the ruling.(AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

Judge tosses Manafort lawsuit against Mueller

A federal judge Friday tossed former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort's lawsuit challenging the authority of special counsel Robert Mueller. Published April 27, 2018

Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks at a Senate Appropriations subcommittee on the Department of Justice's budget on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, April 25, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Chinese nationals among 10 new defendants in fentanyl case

Four Chinese nationals are among 10 new defendants who were indicted in a widening probe of fentanyl shipments from China to the United States that resulted in the deaths of four people and multiple overdoses, the Department of Justice said Friday. Published April 27, 2018

Peter Strzok and Lisa Page. ** FILE **

Peter Strzok-Lisa Page texts sent to Congress

Text messages exchanged by two anti-Trump FBI officials that were previously thought lost were delivered to at least five congressional committees late Thursday night. Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, two married FBI officials who were having an affair, ranted against the president in the more than 50,000 texts they exchanged with each other. Published April 26, 2018

Screen capture from the DEA's official website for the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, slated this year for Saturday, April 28. (

Battle looms over cost of disposing unused prescription drugs

Gun buyback programs have proven so popular that the government is trying the same approach with drugs, asking people to turn in unused opioids, hoping to get them out of people's medicine cabinets before they are used to feed someone's addiction. Published April 26, 2018

President Donald Trump's lawyer Michael Cohen appears in front of members of the media after a closed door meeting with the Senate Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Michael Cohen to plead Fifth in Stormy Daniels lawsuit

Michael Cohen, President Trump's personal attorney, said in court papers Wednesday he will assert his Fifth Amendment right to avoid self-incrimination in an investigation involving his payment of hush money to porn star Stormy Daniels. Published April 25, 2018

Paul Manafort departs Federal District Court for a hearing, Thursday, April 19, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) ** FILE **

Prosecutors defend search of Manafort’s storage locker

A search of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort's storage locker was legal because a business associate who signed a lease for the unit allowed the FBI inside, prosecutors from special counsel Robert Mueller's office said in court filing late Monday night. Published April 24, 2018