Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 9:40 p.m. EST
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says in an Oval Office address that there is a “growing humanitarian and security crisis” at the U.S.-Mexico border, though crossings have fallen in recent years. The president says all Americans are hurt by uncontrolled illegal immigration. He says it strains public resources and drives down jobs and wages. He asserts that the government remains shut down because Democrats won’t fund border security.
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says the president has “chosen fear” in making the case to the American people for the border wall and Democrats “want to start with the facts.” Pelosi said in a rebuttal to President Donald Trump’s Oval Office address that “we all agree that we need to secure our borders.” She noted that the House passed legislation to reopen government on Day 1 of the new Congress. But Trump rejects that legislation because it doesn’t have funding for his border wall.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A new court filing says former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort shared polling data with an associate accused of having ties to Russian intelligence during the 2016 presidential campaign and lied to federal investigators about it. The allegation marks the first time prosecutors have accused Trump’s chief campaign aide of sharing information related to the election with his Russian contacts. The information was accidentally revealed Tuesday in a defense filing that was meant to be redacted.
WASHINGTON (AP) — What to do with hundreds of foreign Islamic State fighters captured in Syria has become a critical and growing problem for the Trump administration as it prepares to pull out U.S. troops. A senior administration official said Tuesday that resolving the fate of these prisoners is a top priority as the government lays the groundwork with allies to comply with President Donald Trump’s Dec. 19 order to withdraw the 2,000 American troops from Syria. The official spoke on condition of anonymity.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina elections investigator spent weeks in 2010 probing whether the man at the center of a current scandal was among a group of local political operatives allegedly buying votes. The investigation into Leslie McCrae Dowless Jr. came nearly a decade before concerns about absentee ballot fraud in rural Bladen County clouded the results of a heated 2018 congressional race. However, the investigator said he was unable to build a strong enough case to support criminal charges.