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US attorney general William Barr: A full vote on the floor of the House will now be scheduled, and the issue of contempt is ultimately likely to end up in court. Photograph: Reuters/ Jonathan Ernst

The House Judiciary Committee voted to hold attorney general William Barr in contempt of Congress on Wednesday, the latest escalation in the battle be(...)

 Chuck Schumer speaks to the media after the meeting with Donald Trump at the White House. Photograph: EPA/Jim Lo Scalzo

Democratic leaders said on Tuesday they reached agreement with US president Donald Trump about a $2 trillion (€1.78 trillion) infrastructure plan, tho(...)

US congresswoman Ilhan Omar discussed the problem of Islamophobia and described “the discomfort of being a second-class citizen” in a speech last month. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/AFP/Getty Images

The White House escalated its assault on the Muslim American congresswoman Ilhan Omar on Sunday, after Donald Trump repeatedly tweeted video footage o(...)

US president Donald Trump described Robert Mueller’s investigation as an “illegal takedown that failed”. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

US president Donald Trump claimed “complete and total exoneration” after US special counsel Robert Mueller concluded there was no conspiracy between t(...)

 Storm clouds gathering: An American Airlines Boeing  737 Max 8 aircraft approaches  Miami International Airport in  Florida amid darkening conditions  on Tuesday.  Photograph: Scott McIntyre/Bloomberg

The US Senate Commerce Committee plans to hold a hearing into the fatal crashes of two Boeing Co 737 MAX 8 jets since October as a growing number of p(...)

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders: President Donald Trump is “doing his job. He’s doing what Congress should be doing.” Photograph: Doug Mills/New York Times

A new front in the battle over a proposed border wall has opened up as US president Donald Trump requested $8.6 billion (€7.6 billion) in new funding (...)

Pressure continues to mount on US president Donald Trump.  Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

The US trade deficit jumped to $621 billion last year, in a significant blow to US president Donald Trump, who made addressing the massive imbalance a(...)

Jerry Nadler  chairman of the House judiciary committee. Photorgraph: Tom Brenner/The New York Times

Pressure has intensified on US president Donald Trump after Democrats sent dozens of letters to government agencies and individuals demanding document(...)

US president Donald Trump. A White House statement said the allegations were ‘absurd’.   Photographer: Kevin Dietsch/Pool via Bloomberg

A former staffer on Donald Trump’s presidential campaign has filed a federal lawsuit against the president, claiming he kissed her without consent. A(...)

 Venezuela’s defence minister Vladimir Padrino Lopez at a news conference in Caracas on Tuesday. Photograph:   Manaure Quintero/Reuters

Venezuelan troops will remain stationed along the country’s borders to prevent territorial violations, the defence minister said on Tuesday, ahead of(...)

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