President Trump called the ongoing probe into the interference a “disaster for our country.” He added, after his summit with Vladimir Putin, that the autocrat gave him a “very powerful” denial. “I don’t see any reason why” Russia would have interfered, he said.
Current and former U.S. officials were staggered by the spectacle, with some accusing Trump of having crossed a line into betrayal of his country.
House Speaker Paul D. Ryan said “the president must appreciate that Russia is not our ally.” 
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Time and again, in the face of strong and direct questions by two American reporters, the president refused to stand up for the country he was elected to represent and protect.
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Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) and Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) made the request of the inspector general on Monday, according to a letter obtained by The Post.
Maria Butina is accused of developing relationships with U.S. politicians and a “gun rights organization,” none of which are named in the affidavit supporting the criminal complaint.
The Massachusetts senator is honing her pitch in a reelection campaign that could be a tuneup for a presidential run. But is her brand of pugilistic populism what Democratic voters want in their next presidential candidate?
Philip Van Cleave was among several public figures pranked by Sacha Baron Cohen for his TV series. On the show, Van Cleave holds a "Puppy Pistol" toy and says, "Just remember to point Puppy Pistol’s mouth right at the middle of the bad man."
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