Kristine Phillips, USA TODAY

Kristine Phillips

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Recent articles by Kristine:

House panel, weighing 'whether to recommend articles of impeachment,' sues to force Donald McGahn to testify

The House Judiciary Committee filed a lawsuit for information from former White House counsel Donald McGahn, a key witness to potential obstruction. → Read More

Justice Department ends probe of hush-money payments in final months of Donald Trump's campaign, judge says

A federal judge said prosecutors had concluded their investigations of possible campaign finance violations involving Michael Cohen. → Read More

After Mueller report, House panel subpoenas former Trump White House Counsel Don McGahn

The House Judiciary Committee asked former White House counsel Don McGahn, who took a starring role in the Mueller report, to testify May 21. → Read More

Attorney General William Barr faces a political firestorm after release of the Mueller report

President Trump's new attorney general is facing sharp criticism for his handling of the release of the special counsel's final Trump-Russia report. → Read More

The Mueller report becomes public Thursday. Here are six things to look for.

Special counsel Robert Mueller's report is the product of an investigation that spanned two years and left many unanswered questions. → Read More

Michael Avenatti charged with stealing millions from clients to pay for his coffee business and jet

The Justice Department announced 36 charges of fraud and embezzlement against the combative lawyer who became an antagonist to President Donald Trump. → Read More

DOJ: Alabama prisoners exposed to horrifying violence, rape; murders a 'regular' occurrence

The Justice Department said conditions in Alabama's prisons deteriorated so badly they probably violate the Constitution's prohibition of cruel and unusual punishment. → Read More

Congressional Democrats question AG William Barr's decision that Trump didn't obstruct justice

William Barr's determination that President Donald Trump didn't obstruct justice drew immediate scrutiny. The special counsel drew no conclusion. → Read More

Mueller report: Conclusions of investigation into Russia, Trump campaign to be delivered Sunday to Congress

Attorney General William Barr expected to deliver the findings of special counsel Robert Mueller's probe of Russia and Trump's campaign to Congress Sunday. → Read More

Mueller report: Here's what we know and still don't know (and may never know)

Robert Mueller finished his investigation into Trump's campaign and Russian election interference. Now, the world awaits the Mueller report. Here's what we know. → Read More

Manafort's bad day underscores the peril in sprawling Trump probes, some beyond the president's control

The former Trump campaign chairman was sentenced to another 3.5 years in prison, faced new criminal charges in N.Y. and lost his Trump Tower condo. → Read More

From political operative to ‘humiliated’ inmate, Ex-Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort to be sentenced again

Paul Manafort, President Trump's former campaign chairman, will be sentenced for the second time on Wednesday. He faces another 10 years in prison. → Read More

Turpins plead guilty to abusing and imprisoning 12 of their children, could serve life sentences

A California couple could face life in prison after pleading guilty to starving, abusing and torturing their 12 oldest children over the course of several years, the Riverside County District Attorney's Office said Friday. David and Louise Turpin each entered guilty pleas on 14 felony counts, which included one count of torture. Officials say the couple repeatedly beat, choked and tied up their… → Read More

A college student’s cutesy ‘Banana Plug’ app was actually a way to sell meth, police say

The California teenager was caught during an undercover sting, authorities say. → Read More

Florida sixth-grader charged with misdemeanor after refusing to recite Pledge of Allegiance

School officials said the student was punished for being disruptive, not for refusing to recite the pledge. → Read More

Man who kills five in warehouse shooting spree was being fired from his job, Illinois police say

Five police officers were injured. → Read More

Australian cattle survived years of drought. Then came the deadly rains.

Officials estimate that more than 300,000 herd cattle were killed, though that number could rise. → Read More

A woman crept into an abandoned house to smoke pot. She found a caged tiger instead.

“We questioned them as to whether they were under the effects of the drugs or they actually saw a tiger.” → Read More

Rob Lowe deletes tweet saying Elizabeth Warren would redefine the term ‘Commander in ‘Chief’

The actor said “some peeps got upset” at his joke. → Read More

‘Pure evil’: Southern Baptist leaders condemn decades of sexual abuse revealed in investigation

“We must admit that our failures, as churches, put these survivors in a position where they were forced to stand alone and speak, when we should have been fighting for them,” J.D. Greear, president of the Southern Baptist Convention, said. → Read More