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Don Jr. tells House intel panel he spoke with Hope Hicks about misleading Trump Tower statement — but not his father

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Donald Trump Jr. told the House Intelligence Committee he did not speak directly with his father, Donald Trump, about a response to a news report regarding his clandestine June 2016 Trump Tower meeting, and instead communicated with top White House aide Hope Hicks, CNN reports.

Trump Jr. crafted his response to a New York Times report that he met with a Russian lawyer while aboard Air Force One. Reports indicate Trump “personally dictated” Trump Jr.’s statement—which had to be revised three times as more information surrounding the meeting surfaced.

CNN reports that Trump Jr. told investigators Hicks “was speaking with Trump while the statement was being crafted.” According to Trump Jr., Trump was debating between a longer and shorter response, which was sent out through the Trump Organization.


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Former FBI Director James Comey outlines the burning questions he’d ask Robert Mueller

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Former FBI Director James Comey has written a lengthy post at the Lawfare blog outlining the most important questions that Democrats need to ask of former special counsel Robert Mueller.

Although many of the questions outlined by Comey are simply asking Mueller to rehash the findings of his final report on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, he does ask some questions designed to get Mueller to offer up his own analysis of President Donald Trump's actions, such as, "Did you find substantial evidence that the president had committed obstruction of justice crimes?" and "Did you reach a judgment as to whether the president had committed obstruction of justice crimes?"

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Republican running against Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez had lavished praise on her great leadership

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Only one year after her historic victory over Rep. Joe Crowley, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez might face a challenger.

The New York Daily News reports that a Queens Republican who used to support AOC is mounting an election bid to unseat Ocasio-Cortez.

Scherie Murray is a Jamaican immigrant who lives in Queens. She runs an advertising company and identifies as a Republican, the News reports. Murray, in announcing her challenge, accused Ocasio-Cortez of seeking fame at the expense of her constituents.

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Ivanka bashed by CNN guest for jumping into Trump’s racism scandal late and trying to make herself look good

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Appearing on CNN, the author of a piece in The Atlantic on Ivanka Trump's disappearing act whenever her father, President Donald Trump, does something offensive, said the first daughter likes to pick her spots when she can be "part of the show."

Speaking with CNN host Ana Cabrera, journalist Elaina Plott said Ivanka's influence on her father has been overstated since the beginning of his presidency and she moves into the public eye when it benefits her.

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