Trump allies pushing RNC to cover legal fees of Russia investigations

Kremlin compares Trump Jr. email saga to soap opera

"It seems to me that what has been meant by collusion since this controversy began has been some agreement or understanding that the Russians would in some way assist (Donald) Trump's electoral prospects and would be rewarded in some way by Trump as president acting favorably toward Russia", Lowenstein said.

Privately, people close to the vice president are saying he's "just not going to address" the news about Trump Jr.'s meetings and emails. "It's called opposition research, or even research into your opponent", Trump said.

In a clear sign that the Kremlin's brief honeymoon with Trump is ending, the Russians are now threatening to expel 30 US diplomats - delayed retaliation for President Obama's purge of Russian emissaries and seizure of two diplomatic dachas in December.

The optics of a first lady visiting sick children around the world-speaking their native languages, drawing butterflies and wishing for their full recoveries-are an asset to an embattled Trump administration, and reflect her genuine interest in children's futures.

Asked at his weekly news conference about Grassley's letter and whether Trump Jr. should testify, House Speaker Paul Ryan didn't object to the move. The U.S. intelligence community has concluded that Russian intelligence services, acting at Russian President Vladimir Putin's direction, interfered in last year's U.S. presidential election, and Russia is suspected of having been behind a hack of Macron's campaign weeks before France's recent election.

"But it's more likely that Veselnitskaya, the tenacious and ambitious lawyer who could pull every string in the Moscow Region, did so to get her pet issue - the repeal of the Magnitsky Act, which was getting her major client in trouble - in front of some important Americans".

Later this month, a meeting will take place between the Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov and US Under Secretary of State Thomas Shannon, with the hope of reaching a compromise.

The RNC does keep a legal defense fund that predates the Trump-Russia investigation, but it is typically used for legal defenses for the party itself rather than individual members.

Mr. Trump's comments come as he once again defended his son, Donald Trump Jr.

"He said absolutely not, twice", according to Trump.

President Trump insists Russia wanted Clinton, not him, to win the election.

Virginia Sen. Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate intelligence committee, has also said he'd like to hear from Trump Jr. and said the panel has requested documents from him.

But, no. Despite the sensitivity, email offered something irresistible to the participants.

Marc Kasowitz, pictured in 2005, as a lawyer for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey in the civil case involving the 1993 World Trade Center Twin Tower bombings. No. He said, I think he accepted it, but you'd have to ask him.

"Neither Mr. Trump nor Mr. Manafort were involved in those sort of deals", Gordon claimed.

Also Thursday, the Justice Department released a heavily redacted page from Attorney General Jeff Sessions' security clearance application in response to a government watchdog group's lawsuit.

The two leaders were asked about their respective nations' relations with Russia.

On Wednesday, the president added, "One of the things with the wall is you need transparency".

"He took a meeting with a Russian lawyer, not a government lawyer, but a Russian lawyer", he said. On Sunday, however, he acknowledged that he agreed to the meeting because he was told that Veselnitskaya "might have information helpful to the campaign".

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