“Everyone around Trump” pushed him to take a strong stand against Putin over Russia’s interference in the 2016 U.S. elections. He ignored the advice.
“Do you really believe that someone acting from the Russian territory could have influenced the United States?” Putin asked in a wide-ranging interview with Fox News Channel’s Chris Wallace.
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Putin grew irritated with the journalist pressing him — and it showed.
The two presidents omitted key facts while answering questions about Russia's interference in the 2016 U.S. election.
On the same day Trump called the Russia investigation “a disaster,” two Republicans asked the Justice Department to investigate Rosenstein.
Two Democratic senators are now talking openly about it, and Trump and Putin are offering a similar denial.
Obama returns to the continent to help shape the future of African politics
Some Republicans were quick to join Democrats in their criticism of Trump’s statements. “Shameful,” tweeted Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.).
The Russian president claimed he was not aware of Trump’s past visits to Moscow. But top officials in his government knew about a 2013 trip.
Concord Management and Consulting argued that the Mueller case should be thrown out.
The Office of Special Counsel's guidance for federal employees warns them against any communications promoting a political candidate, including displaying any items with Trump's 2016 campaign materials.
The NRA, the GOP and Russia.
Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) and Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) made the request of Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz on Monday.
At a Helsinki summit, the U.S. president refused to denounce Russian interference in the 2016 election and called the Mueller probe a disaster for our country.”
“The damage inflicted by President Trump’s naivete, egotism, false equivalence, and sympathy for autocrats is difficult to calculate,” said Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), one of several lawmakers sharply criticizing Trump on Monday.
Trump’s defense of Putin was the most striking example yet of his desire to embrace the Russian autocrat despite warnings he should be viewed as an adversary not a friend.
Even amid protests and Trump’s harsh criticism, May viewed the visit as the best one yet with the U.S. president.
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Putin did want Trump to defeat Hillary Clinton in the election.
New York congressional nominee Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez will be traveling with El-Sayed as he campaigns in the Democratic primary for Michigan governor.
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A C-SPAN caller just thanked Russia for interfering in the 2016 presidential election.
The intelligence community’s role is to provide the “best information and fact-based assessments possible for the President and policymakers,” Coats said in a statement after President Trump’s news conference with Putin.
The Helsinki news conference was the most memorable of the Trump presidency — which is saying something.
The Massachusetts senator hones her pitch in a reelection campaign that could be a tuneup for a presidential run.