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Mike Pence distances himself from Trump campaign as Don Jr’s emails threaten several insiders

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Vice President Mike Pence distanced himself from the president and his campaign team after Donald Trump Jr. released emails showing he accepted an offer of help from a “Russian government lawyer.”

Pence has repeatedly denied that any Trump campaign associates had met with Russians — but the president’s son revealed that he scheduled a June 9, 2016 meeting, along with Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort, with a Kremlin-linked lawyer who had damaging information about Hillary Clinton.

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The emails show he knew the information came from the Russian government, and that the Kremlin favored Donald Trump in the election — and Pence put some distance between himself and the chief executive.

“The vice president is working every day to advance the president’s agenda,” Pence said in a statement. “He was not aware of the meeting. He is also not focusing on stories about the campaign — especially those pertaining to the time before he joined the campaign.”

The former Indiana governor joined the campaign July 15, 2016, and he oversaw the presidential transition starting three days after the election.

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Republicans will ‘be punished harshly in November’ for ignoring Trump’s latest impeachable offense: columnist

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In a column for Bloomberg, longtime political observer Jonathan Bernstein said there is not much more Donald Trump could do as president that would be more impeachable than his commutation of associate Roger Stone's sentence for lying for him -- and that Republicans who are either staying silent or cheering on the president will face the wrath of voters in November.

With only Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) taking the president to task for the commutation of the convicted felon's sentence in a tweet, labeling it, "Unprecedented, historic corruption: an American president commutes the sentence of a person convicted by a jury of lying to shield that very president,” Bernstein said other Republicans should expect to be judged by their silence on such flagrant corruption.

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Trump’s ‘full-on racism’ will ‘go way uglier’ as election nears: Ex-White House official

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On MSNBC Saturday, former White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci warned that President Donald Trump's toxicity on race relations will only worsen in the run-up to the election in November.

"You were in charge, for a brief time, but for communications from this White House, and it does seem that Trump is going there because that's where he thinks he has to go," said host Joy Reid. "92 percent of African-Americans, not surprisingly, disapprove of Donald Trump's handling of race. But even 57 percent of white Americans disapprove of his handling of race relations. There's a lot of white marchers out there, marching for Black Lives Matter. Has he miscalculated and misread white people, at least the majority of them, in this moment?"

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Trump leveled in brutal Never-Trumper Republican ad accusing him of turning US into a ‘banana republic’

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In an ad released by Republicans Voter Against Trump, the president was accused of turning the U.S. into a "banana republic" after he commuted the sentence of Roger Stone who was convicted of multiple felonies.

Coming just hours after the president handed Stone a get-out-of-jail-card that kept him from turning himself into jail later this month, the dissident Republican group posted their new ad to Twitter which accused Stone of "lying under to oath" to protect Trump, while also noting that Stone was looking at three years in jail.

The ad also notes that a "criminal who lies to protect Trump goes free."

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