President Trump offered praise for his "high quality" son in his first remarks on Donald Trump Jr. in the four days that the younger man has been at the center of a media storm for his meeting with a Russian lawyer.
Trump on Don Jr: "My son is a high quality person and I applaud his transparency" (Sarah Huckabee Sanders read the statement)
In saluting his son for transparency, Trump was alluding to Donald Jr.'s release hours earlier of a chain of emails written in the days before his June 9, 2016, meeting with the lawyer — emails that the son disclosed only after he'd learned from the New York Times that it was about to publish them.
The chain of emails began with a message from Rob Goldstone, a music promoter with business dealings in Russia who is a friend of Trump Jr.’s. Goldstone offered to set up a meeting with a Russian government attorney who had “official documents and information" that would “incriminate” Hillary Clinton “and be very useful to your father."
Donald Trump Jr. published his emails with music publicist Rob Goldstone, showing he was told the Russian government had information that could "incriminate" Hillary Clinton and her dealings with Russia. We've annotated the exchanges.
The first page is Trump Jr.'s memo. After that, it might help to read the emails in chronological order, from bottom to top.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) announced Tuesday that he will delay the start of the traditional August recess as Republicans have made scant progress on President Trump's agenda, including the GOP's stalled Obamacare repeal.
In a potential breakthrough to a crisis roiling the Persian Gulf, the United States announced Tuesday that it had signed an agreement with Qatar to fight terrorism and eliminate money for terror groups.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the "memorandum of understanding" was weeks in the making and set out steps both countries would take to "interrupt and disable" the flow of terror financing and "intensify counterterrorism activities" globally.
"Together, the United States and Qatar will do more to track down funding sources, will do more to collaborate and share information, and will do more to keep the region and our homeland safe," Tillerson said.
Before this week, few people in Russia — let alone the United States — had heard of Natalia Veselnitskaya, the Russian lawyer at the center of a controversial meeting last year with President Trump’s son Donald Trump Jr.
She is listed as a managing partner in a Moscow law firm called Kamerton Consulting.
But her work took her to the United States and placed her in the middle of a dispute between the U.S. and Russian governments over the Magnitsky Act, a law passed by Congress in 2012 to blacklist Russians suspected of human rights abuses.
President Trump made the first move Monday night to put his stamp on the Federal Reserve, announcing he intended to nominate investment-fund manager Randal Quarles to a key post overseeing the central bank’s regulatory efforts, the White House said.
The nomination, if confirmed by the Senate, would fill one of three vacancies on the Fed’s seven-member board of governors with a veteran of Washington and Wall Street who is expected to be friendlier toward the banking industry than recent Democratic appointees.
Quarles could become a key ally for the Trump administration and congressional Republicans as they seek to roll back some of the stricter regulations enacted after the 2008 financial crisis.
Senate Republicans announced plans to vote next week on their Obamacare repeal, hoping that a push from President Trump -- and backing from conservative groups -- will bring along the votes to approve an overhaul of the Affordable Care Act.
But the Republican whip, Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, told reporters that the leadership hopes to have a new draft ready later this week, which would allow the Congressional Budget Office to analyze it over the weekend, clearing the way for votes later next week.
The White House on Monday flatly denied that any Trump campaign officials colluded with the Russian government to influence the election, while referring most questions about Donald Trump Jr.'s meeting with a Kremlin-backed lawyer to outside attorneys.
Deputy White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders instead pointed to what she said was a matter of public record — that the Democratic National Committee worked with Ukraine's embassy in Washington to coordinate opposition research.
"The only thing I see inappropriate about the meeting was the people that leaked the information on the meeting after it was voluntarily disclosed," she said.