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    Jared Kushner’s Russia defense raises more questions than it answers
    Jul24

    Jared Kushner’s Russia defense raises more questions than it answers

    Maybe the Russians shouldn’t have gone to Jared. Jared Kushner really wants everyone to believe that he did nothing wrong. Donald Trump’s son-in-law and top aide released a public statement about the Russia scandal on Monday morning, a preview of what he’s going to say in closed-door congressional testimony this week. “I did not...

    Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, and why Trump is so afraid of it, explained
    Jul24

    Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, and why Trump is so afraid of it, explained

    President Trump is furious with Robert Mueller, the special counsel leading the probe into the Trump campaign’s alleged collusion with Russia. The president is so angry, in fact, that he’s hinted at a willingness to fire Mueller if he looks too closely at Trump’s personal finances. Such an investigation, Trump told the New York...

    Trump once said Jon Huntsman was “weak.” Now he’s picked him to be the Russian ambassador.
    Jul19

    Trump once said Jon Huntsman was “weak.” Now he’s picked him to be the Russian ambassador.

    He’s got his work cut out for him. Donald Trump once slammed former Utah governor and GOP presidential candidate Jon Huntsman as a “lightweight” and accused him of “[giving] away our country to China” when he was the US ambassador there. Now, Trump has decided to reward him with the toughest diplomatic gig in Washington today:...

    No collusion “yet,” says Kellyanne Conway to Fox News, holding up pieces of paper
    Jul13

    No collusion “yet,” says Kellyanne Conway to Fox News, holding up pieces of paper

    On Wednesday night, counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway told Sean Hannity on his Fox News show that there was not “yet” evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government, despite the recent revelation that Donald Trump Jr. met with a Kremlin-connected attorney during the campaign on the premise of being promised,...

    The Trump-Russia scandal: everything we know so far, explained
    Jul13

    The Trump-Russia scandal: everything we know so far, explained

    What the publicly known evidence currently shows about potential collusion. It now seems clear that top advisers to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign were aware of a Russian government effort to help Trump win the 2016 election — and that at least some of them were open to working with the Russians to that end. And we’ve long known...

    Vox Sentences: Trump’s pick for the FBI doesn’t agree with him about Russia
    Jul13

    Vox Sentences: Trump’s pick for the FBI doesn’t agree with him about Russia

    Vox Sentences is your daily digest for what’s happening in the world, curated by Ella Nilsen. Sign up for the Vox Sentences newsletter, delivered straight to your inbox Monday through Friday, or view the Vox Sentences archive for past editions. Brazil’s ex-president is sentenced on corruption charges; Trump’s FBI nominee...

    The blackmail factor: Trumpworld’s Russia lies are a major risk to national security
    Jul12

    The blackmail factor: Trumpworld’s Russia lies are a major risk to national security

    The Russians know the truth and Trump knows they know. The Trump team’s habit of lying in public about its contacts with various official and unofficial emissaries of the Russian government is problematic on its own terms, but especially troubling because it raises the possibility that American foreign policy could be influenced by the fear...

    President Trump is stalling Congress’s push to punish Russia for election interference
    Jul12

    President Trump is stalling Congress’s push to punish Russia for election interference

    While astonishing news is swirling around Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with a Kremlin-linked lawyer last June, the Trump administration is quietly trying to put the kibosh on bipartisan legislation to sanction Russia for election interference. The bill, co-sponsored by Sens. Ben Cardin (D-MD) and John McCain (R-AZ), would impose new sanctions...

    Ted Cruz literally will not answer simple questions on Trump’s ties to Russia
    Jul11

    Ted Cruz literally will not answer simple questions on Trump’s ties to Russia

    NBC’s Kasie Hunt pressed the senator in the wake of news of Trump Jr.’s meeting with a Russia-linked lawyer. Ted Cruz won’t answer straightforward questions about Trump’s relationship to Russia. Approached by MSNBC’s Kasie Hunt on the Hill this morning, the senator was asked a relatively simple question: “Is Russia...

    Donald Trump’s fishy behavior on Russia is bigger than possible email collusion
    Jul11

    Donald Trump’s fishy behavior on Russia is bigger than possible email collusion

    He keeps pushing a Moscow-friendly policy that almost nobody supports On June 18, 2013, when he was already well-known in political circles for his birther attacks on then-President Barack Obama, Donald Trump made an exciting announcement. “The Miss Universe Pageant will be broadcast live from MOSCOW, RUSSIA on November 9th,” he tweeted. “A big...

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