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RNC Has Spent $400K on Trump Family's Legal Bills

This doesn't affect political work, RNC says

(Newser) - The Republican National Committee has admitted spending more than $400,000 to cover Russia-related legal bills for members of the Trump family—but it says the legal fees won't take a dime away from election spending. The RNC says it has paid more than $230,000 to two members... More »

Secret Service Reportedly Has One Less Trump to Protect

Seeking privacy, president's son ditched Secret Service protection as of last week

(Newser) - Donald Trump Jr. wants his privacy so much that, as of last week, he's given up his Secret Service protection, sources tell the New York Times and CNN . It's not clear whether his wife, Vanessa, and five children are also giving up their protections (though Fox News says... More »

Trump Jr. Gives Congress New Reason for Russia Meeting

He says he wanted to determine Clinton's 'fitness' for office

(Newser) - Donald Trump Jr. now says he took last June's meeting with a Kremlin-connected lawyer promising damaging information on Hillary Clinton because he felt it was important he determine Clinton's "fitness" for office. The New York Times received a copy of a statement Trump gave to the Senate... More »

White House: Trump Helped With Son's Russia Statement

'Like any father would'

(Newser) - Seemingly contradicting the president's own lawyer, Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Tuesday that President Trump "weighed in" on his son's misleading statement regarding a 2016 meeting with a Russian attorney, Politico reports. Trump's lawyer, Jay Sekulow, has said Trump "was not involved in the drafting of... More »

Trump 'Personally Dictated' Misleading Don Jr. Statement

Sources say he went against advice of aides

(Newser) - Father knows best? President Trump rejected the advice of aides and personally dictated a statement for Donald Trump Jr. when news of the younger Trump's meeting with a Russian lawyer during the 2016 campaign first surfaced, sources say. According to the Washington Post's sources, advisers with Trump at... More »

Kushner: I Faked Call to Get Out of Dumb Russia Meeting

President's son-in-law releases statement ahead of congressional testimony

(Newser) - Jared Kushner appears before not one but two congressional panels this week in regard to his contacts with Russian officials, but he makes the case in a statement released Monday morning that he doesn't have much of value to offer. "I did not collude, nor know of anyone... More »

8th Attendee of Trump Jr. Meeting Has Been ID'd

Lawyer appears to confirm special investigation is looking into meeting

(Newser) - The eighth—and potentially final—attendee of a June 2016 meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and a Russian lawyer promising information harmful to Hillary Clinton has been identified as Ike Kaveladze, the Los Angeles Times reports. The 52-year-old was born in the republic of Georgia under the Soviet Union and... More »

Russian Prosecutor Who Sullies Foes Tied to Trump Jr. Meeting

Yuri Chaika an expert at 'kompromat': 'NYT'

(Newser) - It isn't clear what incriminating information on Hillary Clinton, if any, was provided to Donald Trump Jr. during his meeting with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya in June 2016. What is known, however, is that the man believed to have been the source of the information promised is an expert... More »

Stephen Colbert Skewers Trump on 'Russia Week'

He appears on Russian show, seeks help for his own supposed run in 2020

(Newser) - President Trump will want to avoid Stephen Colbert's show more than ever this week. The CBS host launched "Russia Week" on Monday night following his visit to the country, per the Hollywood Reporter . Colbert will be airing pieces from his trip all week, and his first was on... More »

Secret Service Denies Vetting Trump Jr. Meeting

Agency rejects Trump lawyer's claim

(Newser) - The Secret Service has hit back against a member of the Trump legal team's suggestion that they would have prevented Donald Trump Jr.'s meeting with a Russian lawyer if something "nefarious" was going on. The agency says the Trump son was not under its protection at... More »

Trump's Lawyer Says Nothing 'Nefarious' in Russia Meeting

Trump's lawyer made the Sunday rounds to defend the president

(Newser) - A prominent member of Donald Trump's legal team made the rounds of the Sunday news shows, insisting there was nothing "nefarious" in the meeting between Trump's son and a Russian lawyer during the 2016 campaign. Jay Sekulow appeared on ABC's This Week With George Stephanopoulos and... More »

Trump: 'Fake' Stories Are 'DISTORTING DEMOCRACY'

He defends his son, criticizes Hillary Clinton

(Newser) - President Trump was on Twitter Sunday morning defending his eldest son and taking aim at two of his favorite targets: Hillary Clinton and the media. In a series of posts starting around 6am, Trump wrote , "HillaryClinton can illegally get the questions to the Debate & delete 33,000 emails... More »

Reported Attendees at Trump Jr. Meeting Increases to 8

CNN adds translator and family representative to list

(Newser) - The number of people who attended a meeting in which Donald Trump Jr. had been promised damaging information about Hillary Clinton continues to grow. CNN reports there were at least eight people at the June 2016 meeting—two more than previously believed. A source says the unreported attendees were a... More »

Another Russian Attended the Trump Jr. Meeting

Rinat Akhmetshin reportedly worked in Soviet counterintelligence

(Newser) - Another intriguing detail to Donald Trump Jr.'s meeting with a Russian lawyer: We already knew that he, Natalia Veselnitskaya, Jared Kushner, and Paul Manafort were in the room. Now comes word that Veselnitskaya brought along a Russian-born lobbyist described by NBC News as a "former Soviet counterintelligence... More »

Amid Trump Jr. Mess, 2 Big Stories Got Underplayed

Mosul and the slaying of an NYPD officer, writes Peggy Noonan

(Newser) - Three big stories unfolded this week, writes Peggy Noonan in the Wall Street Journal . The problem is that while one of them—the Donald Trump Jr. saga —got wall-to-wall coverage, the other two didn't get anywhere near the attention they deserved. The first is the recapturing of Mosul... More »

US Spies Heard Russians Discussing Trump Aides in 2015

Pre-campaign recordings are again under review

(Newser) - Investigators are re-examining overheard conversations in which Russian government officials discuss dealings with Donald Trump's associates, given confirmation of Donald Trump Jr.'s meeting with a Russian lawyer, US officials say. Though the conversations were recorded by US intelligence in early 2015, months before Trump announced his campaign... More »

Trump Fuming About More Leaks Over Russia Story

White House trying to figure out who's got it out for Trump Jr.

(Newser) - President Trump returned to a familiar phrase Wednesday morning in tweeting about the Russia investigation that has now enveloped his oldest son . He tweeted that the inquiry is "the greatest Witch Hunt in political history" and said Donald Trump Jr. was "open, transparent and innocent" after the younger... More »

Trump Jr.: I'd Do Things a 'Little Differently' Now

And he says he didn't tell his father about the meeting

(Newser) - Donald Trump Jr. admitted to Sean Hannity on Tuesday night that he "probably would have done things a little differently" if he had known his meeting with a Russian lawyer claiming to have information on Hillary Clinton would cause such an uproar. It was "pre-Russia fever," the... More »

Sources: Justice Dept. Special Counsel Will Probe Trump Jr.

As part of its broader investigation into alleged Russian meddling, sources say

(Newser) - The Donald Trump Jr. Russia email controversy will, according to a US official who spoke to CNN , be probed by Justice Department Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigators. The investigators will look into Trump Jr.'s emails with a Russian lawyer during the 2016 US presidential election as part... More »

Trump Praises His Son as Critics See 'Smoking Gun'

Newly released emails ramp up the Trump-Russia story

(Newser) - President Trump has weighed in for the first time on the unfolding story involving son Donald Trump Jr. and his meeting with a Russian lawyer. "My son is a high-quality person, and I applaud his transparency," the president said in a statement read by deputy press chief Sarah... More »

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