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U.S. Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman brushed off calls to step down after President Donald Trump’s Helsinki summit, writing that “the fragile nature of this moment” compelled him to remain in Moscow.
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In an op-ed posted Saturday night in The Salt Lake Tribune, which his brother owns and publishes, the former Utah governor emphasized that his diplomatic staff was too focused on issues like nuclear weapons, Ukraine and Syria “to obsess over politics.” 📷 @gettyimages
New documents related to the wiretapping of Carter Page – the former Trump campaign adviser at the center of the Russia investigation and bias allegations at the FBI — were released by the Trump administration on Saturday. Page served as a foreign policy adviser to the Trump campaign before he came under scrutiny for a trip to Moscow, where he interacted with a senior Russian government official.
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“The F.B.I. believes Page has been the subject of targeted recruitment by the Russian government,” the document states, to “undermine and influence the outcome of the 2016 U.S. presidential election in violation of U.S. criminal law.”
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President Donald Trump on Saturday bashed his longtime lawyer, Michael Cohen, for secretly recording their conversation about payments to a former Playboy model two months before the 2016 election. But he also criticized the April FBI raid on Cohen's office and residence that led to law enforcement officials' seizure of the tape. 📷 @gettyimages
The Republican National Committee has officially selected Charlotte, North Carolina, as the site of its 2020 Republican National Convention. The decision, made Friday at the group’s annual summer meeting in Austin, Texas, marks the end of a yearlong search for the site at which the party will likely tap President Donald Trump for a second term. 📷 @apnews
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said NATO's relationship with the United States is "under pressure" and that the EU allies of the U.S. are "not used to the current situation with Trump."
Michael Cohen, the longtime lawyer of President Donald Trump, secretly recorded a 2016 conversation between the pair about payments to a former Playboy model, Rudy Giuliani confirmed to the New York Times on Friday.
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The talk took place two months before the presidential election, the Times reported. FBI officials, who are investigating Cohen's role in providing hush payments to women who claim they had affairs with Trump, took the recording into custody during a raid on the lawyer's office. 📷 @gettyimages
Mitch McConnell has a warning for Democrats demanding copious documents on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh: Be careful what you wish for. The Senate majority leader privately told senior Republicans on Wednesday that if Democrats keep pushing for access to upwards of a million pages in records from President Donald Trump’s high court pick, he’s prepared to let Kavanaugh’s confirmation vote slip until just before November’s midterm elections, according to multiple sources. 🔸

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President Donald Trump said Thursday that he will be Russian President Vladimir Putin’s “worst nightmare” if the pair’s budding relationship falters, unlike former President Barack Obama, who Trump said was a “patsy” for Russia. “I think he knows that,” Trump said. “I’ll be his worst nightmare. But I don’t think it’ll be that way. I actually think we’ll have a good relationship.”
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Trump, in an interview with CNBC’s “Squawk Box” that was taped Thursday and aired Friday, reiterated the argument that he and his allies have regularly made, that unlike his predecessor’s, the Trump administration has been tough on the Kremlin.
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Sen. Lindsey Graham told reporters Thursday that this has been a bad week when it comes to Russia and that President Trump misjudged Putin.
President Trump has had quite a week when it comes to Russia. How does it compare to other presidents? POLITICO cartoonist Matt Wuerker takes a look in his latest.
Arizona’s Deciders in their own words: Hispanic voters over 50 weigh in on President Trump, the midterms and immigration policy. Check out our new series “The Deciders” which takes a look at America’s most reliable voters—the older ones— by clicking the link in our bio. 📷 @shadowdetails for @politicomag
Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats explained on Thursday he felt obligated to “correct the record” when he issued a statement backing up U.S. intelligence findings that Russia meddled in the 2016 presidential election. “I was just doing my job,” Coats said at the Aspen Security Forum. “I just felt that at this point in time that what we had assessed and reassessed and reassessed and carefully gone over still stands and that it was important to take that stand on behalf of the Intelligence Community and on behalf of the American people,” Coats said. Tap the link in bio to read more. 📷 @gettyimages