US President Trump pardons 15 people, including Republican allies, a 2016 campaign official ensnared in Russia probe, and former Blackwater contractors convicted in 2007 Baghdad massacre.
US President Trump's pardon of Flynn, which could be the first of several after his loss of the 2020 presidential election to Democrat Joe Biden, drew condemnation from Democrats and other critics.
George Papadopoulos was sentenced on September 7 this year following an investigation that was triggered by an admission he made during a conversation he had with an Australian diplomat while allegedly drunk.
Talking about the ongoing Russian probe, US president tells reporters there was "no collusion" between his campaign and the Russians, then tweeted, "nothing to hide!"
If Trump Jr agrees to appear before the judiciary committee, he would be the highest member of the president's inner circle of relatives and White House aides to testify in Congress about the Russia allegations.
Breaking with the president, Christopher Wray, the lawyer Donald Trump picked to lead the FBI declares he does not believe a special counsel investigation into possible coordination between Russia and the Trump election campaign is a "witch hunt".
James Comey is expected to be questioned about the circumstances of his firing and allegations that Trump has tried to stifle the agency's investigation.
James Comey told lawmakers within the past few days that he had asked the justice department for additional manpower for the investigation into Russia's involvement with the 2016 presidential election, according to a congressional source.
FBI director James Comey explained to the Senate Judiciary Committee about announcing the renewed probe on Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton's emails as well as Russia meddling in the US elections.
Devin Nunes sparked a controversy last week when he said he had seen documents at the White House that indicated President Donald Trump may have been caught in incidental intelligence collection before the inauguration.
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