President Trump: 'Most people would have taken that meeting'

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U.S. President Donald Trump, who is fighting off allegations of ties between his election campaign and Moscow, said he would invite Russian President Vladimir Putin to the White House but that now was not the right time for that.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell did the same on Tuesday. We know this not because Mr. Putin has confessed to any wrongdoing (he hasn't, of course), but because there's a mountain of testimony from experts in the United States, including many on the federal payroll, who say just the opposite is true - the heads of the Central Intelligence Agency and Federal Bureau of Investigation among them.

Trump, however, has continued to cast doubt on whether Russian Federation was behind the election interference, which included hacks of the Democratic National Committee's email system and Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta's emails.

The White House disclosed in March that Kushner met with Kislyak at Trump Tower in December 2016, in addition to seeing Kislyak when he attended an April 2016 campaign speech in Washington.

"For me this was opposition research, they had something, you know, maybe concrete evidence to all the stories I'd been hearing about", he said.

USA intelligence agencies concluded that Russian President Vladimir Putin approved a mass effort to tilt the election in Trump's favor, including hacking and leaking embarrassing emails from Democrats.

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A special counsel is investigating the matter, along with several ongoing investigations within the Congress. Tuesday was no different, despite attempts by minority Democrats to stoke outrage.

"I think we saw that there were places of shared interest that we can work together", Sanders said Monday. "It was such a nothing, there was nothing to tell [my father]", Trump Jr. "He tells it like it is", I heard again and again. "They're in no mood to do him any favors, so this makes it even more hard for the president to pass his agenda". He said he was willing to subpoena him if he refused to testify.

Democrats were predictably furious.

Trump Jr. released emails this week from 2016 in which he appeared eager to accept information from the Russian government that could have damaged Hillary Clinton's campaign. The five-member commission's three Republicans said they could not support moving forward because not all the facts were available. Some believe Russia's aggressive cyberattacks could not have been done "independently" and doubt Russian Federation could have "known where to specifically target.to which high-impact states and districts in those states", a source told McClatchy. If we assume the question wasn't rhetorical, it may have something to do with Trump trying to weaken sanctions, isolate the United States diplomatically, fracture Western alliances, diminish the influence of the State Department (which is now led by Putin's closest American ally), and ignore Russia's attack on the USA elections - all of which serve Moscow's strategic goals. Luther Strange, who faces a primary challenge August 15, recently told a county GOP executive committee.

Trump's latest comments set off another round of chatter among the political class online - especially on Twitter. And that's why I say 'why would he want me?' Because from day one I wanted a strong military. But he added, "there's no reason to jump to conclusions here". "I have very little time for watching TV", he tweeted.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., who ran against Trump in the election, was characteristically blunter. Music promoter Rob Goldstone, who arranged the meeting, emailed the candidate's son that this is what Veselnitskaya would bring, but he was clearly wrong, intentionally or not.

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