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US attorney general Jeff Sessions: Thought to be the highest-ranking Trump administration official to be interviewed by Mr Mueller’s team. Photograph: Tom Brenner/The New York Times

There are signs that the investigation into Russian interference in the US election is advancing rapidly, following confirmation that attorney general(...)

US president Donald Trump en route to Nashville, Tennessee where he told delegates that “the American Dream is roaring back to life”. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

The US crackdown on immigration intensified on Monday as the Department of Homeland Security announced that 200,000 immigrants from El Salvador should(...)

Recy Taylor photographed in 2010. Her rape by six white men in 1944 drew national attention in the US. Photograph: AP Photo/Phelan M Ebenhack

Recy Taylor, a 24-year-old African-American sharecropper, was walking home from church in Abbeville, Alabama, on the night of September 3rd, 1944, whe(...)

Copies of  ‘Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House’ by  Michael Wolff  at the Book Culture bookstore in New York on Friday. Photograph: Shannon Stapleton/Reuters

As a cold spell descended on Washington DC this week, another political drama was gripping the city. Just days into 2018 the White House was plunged(...)

Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon (left) at a meeting between US president Donald Trump (background right) and congressional leaders in the White House in Washington last February. File photograph: Carlos Barria/Reuters

US president Donald Trump on Wednesday blasted former White House adviser Steve Bannon as having “lost his mind” in the fallout over damaging comments(...)

US president Donald Trump. Photograph: Mike Theiler/Pool via Bloomberg

US president Donald Trump has said he believes Robert Mueller, the special counsel in the Russia investigation, will treat him fairly, contradicting s(...)

Former NBA basketball player Charles Barkley campaigning in support  of Democratic Alabama senate candidate Doug Jones during a rally at Old Car Heaven in Birmingham, Alabama. Photograph: Marvin Gentry/Reuters

The night before Alabamans went to the polls to elect a new senator last week, Charles Barkley took the mic at a campaign rally for the Democratic Par(...)

Republican senator John Cornyn: said that he has confidence in Robert Mueller, the former FBI director who is leading an investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Photograph: Joshua Roberts/Reuters

John Cornyn, the US Senate’s number two Republican, came to the defence of Robert Mueller, saying it “would be a mistake” for US president Donald Trum(...)

Salma Hayek: “Why do we have to fight tooth and nail to maintain our dignity?” Photograph: Ian West/PA Wire

Jaws drop and drop and drop. Until it seems it will never stop. You would think we would get numb at some point. But no. There are just too many numbs(...)

Taking a hike? Speculation is rife that House speaker Paul Ryan is preparing to step down from the post. Photograph: Jim Lo Scalzo /EPA

Even by the usual standards of Donald Trump’s presidency, it was a busy week in Washington as the political world prepared for next week’s Christmas r(...)

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