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Aide confirms Trump-Sondland call about Ukraine investigations

A US ambassador told President Donald Trump that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky "loves your ass" and that Ukraine was going to move forward with the investigation Trump had asked Zelensky for a day earlier, according to new testimony from a US official in Kiev who overheard the phone conversation.

READ: State Department investigation into Clinton server emails

An investigation by the State Department released on Friday said there was no "persuasive evidence" of widespread mishandling of classified information in the controversy surrounding Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while she was secretary of state.

Watchdog group warns State of security for diplomats

A federal watchdog group is telling the State Department -- again -- to prioritize the safety of its diplomats overseas by fully implementing several recommendations to address significant security gaps, particularly for soft targets such as residences and schools.

US cutting off aid to El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras

The United States is cutting off aid to the Northern Triangle, otherwise known as the Central American countries of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, the State Department told CNN Saturday, one day after President Donald Trump said they had "set up" migrant caravans for entry into the United States.

State Department bars press corps from Pompeo briefing

The State Department on Monday said it would not be distributing a transcript or list of attendees from a briefing call with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo held that evening -- a call from which the department's press corps was excluded and only "faith-based media" allowed.

Pompeo says more sanctions on Venezuela to come

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that the United States would take further action to pressure embattled Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro after several people were killed in clashes with the country's military blocking humanitarian aid from entering the country.

Leaked emails focus on political vetting allegations at State

Days after lawmakers called for one of former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's top staffers to be disciplined for allegedly refusing to comply with a State Department investigation into claims of political vetting and retaliation, CNN has obtained emails that appear to shed more light on an alleged attempt to remove a career employee from her role.

State Dept. not consulting with Congress on Russia sanctions

The US State Department is continuing to punt on its congressionally mandated obligations to hold Russia accountable for poisoning an ex-spy in the United Kingdom, and despite its continued insistence that it would consult with Congress on the matter, multiple Hill sources tell CNN no such consultations have occurred.

US opted against fortifying threatened diplomatic outpost

In 2017 and 2018, the State Department planned to spend millions on security improvements for the US consulate in Basra, Iraq --- but despite indications that the money was available, there is no record of the work ever being done, according to an analysis of federal procurement databases.