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Donald Trump Jr. would not tell House investigators Wednesday what he and his father discussed after reports surfaced about a June 2016 meeting he had in Trump Tower with Russians, citing attorney-client privilege because of the presence of attorneys during the exchange with his father.

President Donald Trump and his son had a conversation this summer after Trump Jr. produced emails about his involvement in the Trump Tower meeting, according to Rep. Adam Schiff, a California Democrat and the committee’s ranking member who attended the Wednesday session. At the classified hearing, Trump Jr. acknowledged speaking with senior White House aide Hope Hicks to help craft a response to the initial reports, sources said.

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— Revelations about Michael Flynn raise new questions about what Pence knew

— More charges could be coming against former Trump aide Rick Gates (corrected)

“Trump’s Russian Schizophrenia” Reply


POLITICO

“The United States should send arms to Ukraine to help in its “self-defense” against Russian aggression. It should hold Russia accountable for its illegal “occupation” of territory there, and push for international peacekeepers. Russian President Vladimir Putin bears the blame for this conflict in Europe, and he will be the “decision-maker” on whether to end it too.

At least, that’s according to Ambassador Kurt Volker, the Trump administration’s special envoy charged with ending the war in Ukraine. If this sounds like a perfectly reasonable American policy toward Russia, that’s because it is, and more or less one that either party would pursue. But of course, there’s just one big problem with this: It almost certainly does not fully reflect what the president of the United States actually thinks.” MORE

“More Russia Bombshells To Drop As Mueller Is Pursuing Meeting And Contacts Unknown To The Public”


POLITICUS USA

“Mueller’s investigators are also still actively mapping out all the attempts by Russian nationals and people with ties to Russian President Vladi­mir Putin’s government to connect with and possibly infiltrate the Trump campaign. So far, at least nine people in Trump’s orbit had contact with Russians during the campaign or the transition to the White House, according to Mueller’s charging documents and interviews and records obtained by The Washington Post.” MORE

“Infowars peddled stories from a Russian propaganda outlet for years”


SALON

“National security experts have asserted that RT is a propaganda arm of the Russian government. A report by the U.S. Office of the Director of National Intelligence argued that RT played an influential role in the 2016 presidential election, sowing distrust in Hillary Clinton while portraying Donald Trump as a martyr.” MORE

“Journalists also have a “duty to warn”: Are we starting to do our jobs?”


SALON

“In the much-discussed new book “The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump (Salon review here), mental health professionals act on their “duty to warn” of the imminent danger the Trump presidency represents. As explained in its prologue, “Collectively with our coauthors, we warn that anyone as mentally unstable as Mr. Trump simply should not be entrusted with the life-and-death powers of the presidency.” MORE

“It’s a Crime If Bannon Is Advising Trump to Defund Mueller on Behalf of Breitbart”


POLITICUS USA

Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon is reportedly pressuring President Trump to “defang” Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Trump Russia probe by defunding it instead of firing him, according to a Politico report. MORE

“As Russia Probe Heats Up, Conservatives Call For Special Counsel Mueller To Quit”


HUFFINGTON POST

“Shortly before a federal grand jury reportedly filed the first charges in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, conservatives were renewing their calls for the attorney to resign.

Mueller, who is leading the Justice Department’s investigation as special prosecutor, is a former FBI director, which critics say creates a conflict of interest in the case.” MORE

“Clinton, the DNC and the making of the ‘Trump dossier’ — what we know”


CNN

“(CNN) – The long probe into Russia’s meddling in the 2016 presidential election took another turn this week when it was revealed that Hillary Clinton’s campaign helped fund the creation of the controversial Trump dossier.

Like with so much else attached or adjacent to the Russia investigation — from President Donald Trump’s campaign and its associates to Clinton and hers — separating the noise from the news can be an exhausting endeavor. This latest round of new details poses all the usual complications.” MORE

“Rachel Maddow Drops A Bomb: Russia Findings So Damning They Have To Hide Them From Trump”


POLITICUS USA

As Donald Trump and his team continue to insist that the Russia scandal is “fake news,” reporting produced each day shows otherwise.

“WATCH: Is Vladimir Putin’s big collapse coming soon?”


SALON

Author Richard Lourie talks about how Putin’s failure to wean Russia off oil will destroy the nation’s economy