Best of AP — Honorable Mention


Sources: Trump liaison banned from Justice Department


Justice reporter Mike Balsamo and White House reporter Zeke Miller delivered a widely read scoop after working their sources to confirm a curious rumor: An official serving as President Donald Trump’s eyes and ears at the Department of Justice was banned from the building after pressuring Justice Department staffers to reveal insider information about ongoing cases and the department’s work on election fraud.

Heidi Stirrup, an ally of top Trump adviser Stephen Miller, had also extended job offers to political allies for positions at some of the highest levels of the DOJ without consulting senior department officials or the White House counsel’s office, and also attempted to interfere in the hiring process for career staffers, a violation of the government’s human resources policies, a source told the AP.

For the week, the story was second in AP readership only to Balsamo’s scoop on Attorney General William Barr’s comments.

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