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(...)

US president Donald Trump with attorney general Jeff Sessions during a graduation ceremony at the FBI’s headquarters in  Quantico, Virginia, on Friday. Photograph: AP Photo/Evan Vucci

Tensions between Donald Trump and the FBI escalated on Friday as the US president described the behaviour of the agency as “disgraceful” as he departe(...)

Deputy US attorney general Rod Rosenstein waits for a hearing of the House Judiciary Committee on Oversight on Capitol Hill  in Washington, DC, today. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

Deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein has rejected calls by Republican politicians for special counsel Robert Mueller to be removed from the Russia i(...)

US attorney general Jeff Sessions pauses as he testifies before a House Judiciary Committee. Photograph: Yuri Gripas/Reuters

US attorney general Jeff Sessions has denied misleading the US Senate over his knowledge of contacts between the Trump campaign team and Russia during(...)

Donald Trump’s decision to fire the acting attorney general Sally Yates has Democrats vowing an all-out fight against the nomination of the person he wants for the post - Republican Senator Jeff Sessions. Photograph: Stephen Crowley/The New York Times.

Donald Trump’s decision to fire the acting attorney general Sally Yates has Democrats vowing an all-out fight against the nomination of the person he(...)

The FBI wants Apple to help it hack into  encrypted iPhone belonging to one of the San Bernardino shooters. Photograph: EPA

The US department of justice filed a motion on Friday seeking to compel Apple to comply with a judge’s order to unlock the encrypted iPhone belonging(...)

Minister for the Diaspora Jimmy Deenihan has said he did not think Republicans, who control the US Congress following their victories in November’s midterm elections, would be able to stop US president Barack  Obama’s orders shielding four million illegal immigrants from deportation. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Government is still trying to clarify whether illegal Irish will be able to return home outside of emergencies under President Barack Obama’s rece(...)

Photos of Edward Snowden, a contractor at the US National Security Agency (NSA). Photograph: Bobby Yip/Files/Reuters

A bill to end the government’s bulk collection of telephone records got a unanimous go-ahead today from a second US congressional committee, advancing(...)