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Donald Trump Jr. to testify privately to Senate committee Thursday: aides

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President Donald Trump’s oldest son, Donald Trump Jr., on Thursday will testify privately to the Senate Judiciary Committee, which is looking into allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election, Senate aides said on Wednesday.

Trump Jr. had been invited to testify in public in a hearing in July, but reached an agreement to speak privately with committee staff.

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“We look forward to a professional and productive meeting and appreciate the opportunity to assist the committee,” Alan Futerfas, a lawyer for Trump Jr., said in a statement.

Russia has loomed large over the first six months of the Trump presidency. U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded that Russia worked to tilt last year’s presidential election in Trump’s favor.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller is leading an investigation, which is also examining potential collusion with Russia by the Trump campaign. Several congressional committees are also looking into the matter.

Moscow has denied any meddling. Trump denies any collusion by his campaign, while regularly denouncing the investigations as political witch hunts.

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(Reporting by Patricia Zengerle, Jonathan Landay and Karen Freifeld; Writing by Patricia Zengerle; Editing by Jeffrey Benkoe)


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‘Criminal and impeachable’: Watergate prosecutor says Mick Mulvaney damaged Trump with admission

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White House acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney admitted to a "stunning" amount of wrongdoing during a Thursday briefing at the White House.

For analysis, "Deadline: White House" guest host John Heilemann interviewed former Watergate prosecutor Jill Wine-Banks.

"Jill Wine-Banks, we have seen this week the story this week has been kind of the story of all the president’s men being assembled," Heilemann said. "We’ve seen John Bolton put in the middle of this thing, although maybe on the right side of history. We’ve seen Rudy Giuliani’s role expanded. We’ve seen Mick Mulvaney -- who previously had no complicity in any of this -- suddenly go from being an outlying figure to being a central figure."

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Republican Lisa Murkowski ‘concerned’ about Mick Mulvaney’s admission of Trump’s quid pro quo

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Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) told reporters that she was "concerned" after hearing chief of staff Mick Mulvaney admit President Donald Trump bribed Ukraine.

“Did he [Trump] also mention to me the corruption related to the DNC server? Absolutely, no question about that,” said Mulvaney, who also serves as the director of the Office of Management and Budget. “That’s it, and that’s why we held up the money.”

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Trump’s lead counsel disavows Mulvaney’s admission the president engaged in Ukraine quid pro quo

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On Thursday, White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney stunned reporters by effectively admitting President Donald Trump demanded a quid pro quo from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky for foreign aid appropriated by Congress.

According to CNN's Jim Acosta, Mulvaney's speech was so out of left field that the president's chief attorney immediately disavowed it.

"Mulvaney's performance blindsided the president's outside legal team, as the president's lead attorney, Jay Sekulow, said on the record to CNN, the legal team was not involved in the acting chief of staff's press briefing," said White House correspondent Jim Acosta. "That is pretty telling when the chief counselor to the president is saying, we did not have anything to do with this."

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