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TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-THE LATEST

The Latest: Trump’s son releases messages Twitter messages

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence’s spokeswoman says he was unaware of Donald Trump Jr.’s contacts with WikiLeaks when he issued a denial that the Trump campaign was in cahoots with the hacking group.

Pence’s press secretary, Alyssa Farah, says Pence “was never aware of anyone associated with the campaign being in contact with WikiLeaks. He first learned of this news from a published report earlier tonight.”

President Donald Trump’s son released screenshots Monday of his conversations with the group, in which he appears to inquire about the group’s promised “leaks” from inside the Hillary Clinton campaign. The U.S. intelligence community has alleged Russian intelligence was behind the 2016 hacks.

Pence was asked about the campaign’s coordination with WikiLeaks in October 2016. He said, “Nothing could be further from the truth.”

ATTORNEY GENERAL-SPECIAL COUNSEL

Sessions raises prospect of special counsel on GOP concerns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Jeff Sessions is leaving open the possibility that a special counsel could be appointed to look into Clinton Foundation dealings and a uranium deal during the Obama administration.

In a letter to the House Judiciary Committee, a Justice Department official says Sessions has directed senior federal prosecutors to evaluate concerns raised by Republican lawmakers.

The letter says the prosecutors will recommend whether an investigation is merited, whether any matters currently under investigation require more resources and whether it is necessary to appoint a special counsel.

The letter from Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd comes one day before Sessions is to appear before the House Judiciary Committee for a Justice Department oversight hearing.

IRAN-IRAQ EARTHQUAKE

Rescuers dig through debris after Iran-Iraq border quake

SARPOL-E-ZAHAB, Iran (AP) — Rescuers are digging through the debris of

Article source: https://wtop.com/national/2017/11/update-on-the-latest-news-sports-business-and-entertainment-at-1220-a-m-est-5/

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