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Trump: ‘Sessions should have never recused himself’ from Russia investigation

President Trump criticized Attorney General Jeff Sessions for recusing himself from the Russia investigation Wednesday and warned special counselor Robert Mueller over alleged conflicts of interest in a New York Times interview published Wednesday. Trump slammed Sessions’ recusal as “very unfair to the president” and said he would have never appointed Sessions attorney general if he had known he would do so.  “How do you take a job and then recuse yourself?” Trump asked rhetorically. “If he would have recused himself before the job, I would have said, ‘Thanks, Jeff,…

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In Interview, Trump Expresses Anger at Sessions and Comey, and Warns Mueller

While the interview touched on an array of issues, including health care, foreign affairs and politics, the investigation dominated the conversation. He said that as far as he knew, he was not under investigation himself, despite reports that Mr. Mueller is looking at whether the president obstructed justice by firing Mr. Comey. “I don’t think we’re under investigation,” he said. “I’m not under investigation. For what? I didn’t do anything wrong.” Describing a newly disclosed informal conversation he had with President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia during a dinner of…

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Government Ethics Chief Urges Major Changes on His Way Out

A White House official dismissed the criticism, saying on Sunday that Mr. Shaub was simply promoting himself and had failed to do his job properly. Continue reading the main story “Mr. Schaub’s penchant for raising concerns on matters well outside his scope with the media before ever raising them with the White House — which happens to be his actual day job — is rather telling,” Lindsay E. Walters, a White House spokeswoman, said in a statement that misspelled Mr. Shaub’s name. “The truth is, Mr. Schaub is not interested…

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House Democrats launch effort to obtain Trump records, force floor votes on Russia

House Democrats on Friday announced that they’re launching a coordinated effort to try to obtain documents from the Trump administration and its ties to Russia and to force related votes on the House floor. A number of members are introducing resolutions of inquiry — legislative tools to seek factual information from the executive branch. If the relevant committees don’t take up the resolutions after 14 days, it would force a floor vote. “House Democrats are not going to let the Republicans off the hook for their complicity in this,” House…

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Trump trademarks get preliminary nod from Indonesia

Donald Trump has received preliminary approval for two trademarks from Indonesia’s intellectual property agency, more than two years after the applications were filed. Though the timing was in line with the agency’s guidelines for how long such approvals should take, the clearance of Trump trademarks by foreign governments has caused concern in the U.S. over potential conflicts of interest for the president. The database of the Directorate-General of Intellectual Property shows the “Trump” and “Trump International” trademarks will become eligible to be officially registered if no one files an objection…

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Europe Edition: Donald Trump Jr., Mosul, Wimbledon: Your Wednesday Briefing

“While this is a major moment for Iraq,” she wrote, “I doubt this fight is over.” _____ Photo Credit Krystian Maj/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images • Environmentalists in Poland, supported by the European Union, are fighting to prevent logging in the Bialowieza Forest, a Unesco World Heritage site. Continue reading the main story Poland’s environmental minister has dismissed concerns, saying the issue has become “some kind of a flagship for the left-wing-libertine movement of Western Europe.” Separately, new research found a “global epidemic” of steep declines in animal populations because…

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Report: Kushner sought deal for $500M bailout from ex-Qatari prime minister

White House aide and son-in-law to President Trump Jared Kushner sought and failed to obtain a half billion dollar bailout that he requested from an affluent Qatari businessman for a huge real estate project, The Intercept first reported. The Kushner Companies in 2007 bought 666 Fifth Avenue, a 41-story tower in Midtown Manhattan, for $1.8 billion in 2007. At the time of its purchase, it was the most expensive real estate deal ever in New York City. In 2015 and 2016, Kushner and his father Charles Kushner negotiated funds for refinancing…

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