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Retired Lt. Gen Michael Flynn walks through the lobby at Trump Tower on Nov. 17, 2016, in New York.
Retired Lt. Gen Michael Flynn walks through the lobby at Trump Tower on Nov. 17, 2016, in New York. (Carolyn Kaster / Associated Press)

President Trump’s lawyer downplayed the guilty plea and promise of cooperation from former White House national security advisor Michael Flynn on Friday, arguing in a statement that “nothing about the guilty plea or the charge implicates anyone other than Mr. Flynn.”

In fact, Flynn’s attorney suggested in court that his cooperation would result in exposure for at least one higher-up within Trump’s orbit.

Trump’s lawyer, Ty Cobb, downplayed Flynn’s role in the administration in his statement, pointing out that he was “at the White House for 25 days during the Trump Administration, and a former Obama administration official.” Flynn was among Trump’s closest advisors throughout his campaign.

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  • Immigration
Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, right, is led into a courtroom by San Francisco public defender Jeff Adachi on July 7, 2015
Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, right, is led into a courtroom by San Francisco public defender Jeff Adachi on July 7, 2015 (Michael Macor / Associated Press)

President Trump lashed out in multiple tweets against the acquittal of Jose Ines Garcia Zarate on murder and manslaughter charges, brushing aside the pleas of Kate Steinle’s family, who have asked to end the public battle over their daughter’s death.

Trump had tweeted at least three times on the verdict by Friday morning, including one in which he blamed the “weakly protected Obama border” for the “travesty of justice” and demanded “BUILD THE WALL!”

“The Schumer/Pelosi Democrats are so weak on Crime that they will pay a big price in the 2018 and 2020 Elections,” Trump wrote in another tweet.

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The Treasury Department’s inspector general has launched an inquiry into whether the department hid an analysis of the Republican tax bill — or even did one at all.

Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin has said economic growth stimulated by the bill’s large tax cuts would offset lost revenue and indicated his department would produce an analysis proving it.

But no analysis has been released as the Senate prepared to vote on its version of the tax legislation. The House approved its tax bill on Nov. 16.

Alex Brandon / Associated Press
Alex Brandon / Associated Press

Paul Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign manager, may soon gain some freedom to travel as he awaits trial in federal court.

Since his arrest Oct. 30 on charges of conspiracy, money laundering and fraud, the once powerful GOP operative and international consultant has been confined to his condominium in Alexandria, Va., outside Washington, where he’s under GPS monitoring. 

His lawyers now have reached an $11.6-million bail agreement with the special counsel’s office, which is pursuing the criminal case against Manafort, according to a motion filed Thursday.

(Cliff Owen / Associated Press)

Buffeted by multiple reports that President Trump will replace Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in another of the top-level shakeups that have roiled the administration, the State Department struggled Thursday to portray business as usual.

Trump is considering replacing Tillerson with CIA Director Mike Pompeo by Jan. 20, a year after Trump’s inauguration, a source close to the administration told The Times, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss internal workings at the White House.

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), who is close to Trump, would replace Pompeo at the top of the CIA, the source said.

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), left; Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), left; Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. (J. Scott Applewhite / Associated Press)

The Senate Republican tax bill would increase the federal budget deficit by $1 trillion over the next decade even when taking into account increased economic growth, according to a congressional analysis released Thursday.

The so-called dynamic score from the Joint Committee on Taxation estimated that the tax cuts and other changes in the bill would boost the nation’s economic output by an average of 0.8% over the 10-year period.

That would reduce the bill’s earlier estimated $1.5-billion deficit impact, which was calculated without taking into account potential economic growth, by about $408 billion.

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) speaks to reporters in the Capitol.
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) speaks to reporters in the Capitol. (J. Scott Applewhite / Associated Press)

Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions dodged questions about whether President Trump tried to interfere with the investigation into Russian interference in last year’s campaign, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee said Thursday.

“I asked the attorney general whether he was ever instructed by the president to take any action that he believed would hinder the Russia investigation, and he declined to answer the question,” Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) told reporters after a closed-door meeting with Sessions.

His remarks were reported by the Hill

Tom Steyer's drive to impeach President Trump includes a billboard in New York's Times Square.
Tom Steyer's drive to impeach President Trump includes a billboard in New York's Times Square. (Spencer Platt / Getty Images)

From its very founding, California has been a land of reinvention. The creed is practically written in the state Constitution: If you don’t like who you are, or your place in life, start over.

Gold was the first lure. Since then, countless have sought fame. Others, acceptance.

Tom Steyer has no end of wealth, a measure of fame and a seeming appetite for political office.

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  • Congress
U.S. Rep. John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.)
U.S. Rep. John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.) (Alex Brandon / Associated Press)

A woman who alleges she was fired because she rejected Detroit Rep. John Conyers' sexual advances broke a confidentiality agreement Thursday to tell NBC's "Today" show that the longest-serving member of the U.S. House subjected her to years of sexual harassment.

The Democratic congressman also was hospitalized Thursday in Detroit, according to political consultant Sam Riddle, who said he'd talked with Conyers' wife. Riddle said he didn't know why Conyers went to the hospital or his condition.

Marion Brown, 61, said the Democratic congressman propositioned her for sex multiple times over more than a decade. She said she stayed on the job because she needed to support her family and found the work rewarding.