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DC Daily: Donald Trump Jr. confirms meeting with Russian lawyer

Posted: 8:39 AM, Jul 10, 2017
Updated: 2017-07-10 11:56:08-04
DC Daily: Donald Trump Jr. confirms meeting with Russian lawyer

What's happening in the political world:

President's son facing scrutiny over Russia revelation
-- Donald Trump Jr. has brought even more attention to the White House after he admitted to meeting with a Russian lawyer during the 2016 presidential election.

Trump Jr. spoke about the June 2016 meeting in response to a New York Times report. He said he took the meeting with a Kremlin-linked lawyer because he believed he would be receiving information about possible connections between Russia, the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton.

According to The New York Times' report, Trump Jr. was "promised damaging information about Hillary Clinton" before agreeing to the meeting. Trump Jr., the president's then-campaign manager and son-in-law Jared Kushner were all at the meeting, it was reported.

Trump Jr. tweeted about the report:

When the Times' report was first published, Trump Jr. said the meeting was regarding a Russian adoption program.

Meanwhile, the president's outside legal team said he did not know about the meeting.

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Trump defends daughter's presence at G20 meeting
-- President Trump hit back at those critical of his decision to have daughter Ivanka Trump briefly sit in for him at a table the G20 summit over the weekend.

A Russian delegate tweeted a photo of Ivanka summit in Hamburg, Germany, Saturday, sparking criticism from those who felt the move was inappropriate.

Social media reacted to the now-deleted photo:

The president responded Monday:

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Conway: Comey shared classified info
-- Kellyanne Conway, counselor to President Trump, told CNN that former FBI Director James Comey leaked classified information by sharing his memos detailing his conversations with President Trump.

Conway made the claims in an interview with CNN's Chris Cuomo on Monday morning. In the interview, Conway said "the big bombshell of the day" was Comey sharing classified information, citing a report she said she read on The Hill website.

In response to The Hill's report and Conway's statements, the president tweeted:

During his testimony in June, Comey testified that he gave his memos to a friend so it can be leaked to the media.


McCain: GOP health care bill "probably" will die
-- Republican Sen. John McCain said Sunday that he thought his party's health care bill was on course for failure.

"My view is it's probably going to be dead," the Arizona Republican said on CBS's "Face the Nation."

Last month, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell unveiled a bill that had been written behind closed doors by a group of Republican senators. McConnell decided not to call a vote on the measure before the Senate's break for the July Fourth holiday as it appeared not to have enough Republican support.

McCain was critical of the process and said the Republicans should "go back to the beginning" and include both parties in the deliberations, letting Democrats have amendments considered to the bill.

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CNN contributed to this report