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Trump admits to advance knowledge of infamous June 2016 Trump Tower meeting

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During his Wednesday, May 22 press conference in the White House rose garden, President Donald Trump spent a lot of time attacking Democrats for their response to special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation — stressing that he refuses to work with Democrats on infrastructure bills as long as multiple investigations of him continue in Congress. But one part of the press conference that hasn’t receive as much attention is Trump’s reference to the controversial June 9, 2016 Trump Tower meeting discussed his Mueller’s report.

Alex Thomas, in an article for the IJR Blue website, notes that during the press conference, Trump “suggested that an opposition research firm was behind the Trump Tower meeting.” And the president, Thomas points out, told reporters that his son Donald Trump, Jr. “called me, and he had the meeting after.”

Thomas goes on to describe the president’s statement as “just another revelation in the long string of disclosures about that meeting,” recalling that “at first, President Trump told Reuters that he didn’t know about the meeting until the New York Times broke a story on it.” Thomas reports in his article that the press conference marked “the first time that the president said that he talked to Donald Trump, Jr. before he went into” the June 9, 2016 meeting.

President Trump himself did not attend that Trump Tower meeting three years ago. In addition to Donald Trump Jr., those in attendance included Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort (who has been convicted of multiple felonies in federal court), Jared Kushner (Trump’s son-in-law) and Russian attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya. Trump Jr. and others attended the meeting in the hope of getting some dirt on Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

Michael Cohen, Trump’s former personal attorney, has alleged that the president knew about the June 9, 2016 meeting in advance.

Mueller’s report makes it clear that Russian government officials went to great lengths to interference in the 2016 presidential election. Nonetheless, Mueller concluded that the Trump campaign’s interactions with Russians did not rise to the level of a full-fledged criminal conspiracy.

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Trump’s ‘no collusion’ lie is finally falling apart — but will Americans actually notice?

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Although the Mueller Report has been in the public domain for nearly two months, there’s still a ton of confusion and disinformation around it. The confusion is specifically due to two things: Very few voters have actually read it, and Donald Trump is delighted to exploit that fact. It doesn’t help that Robert Mueller has been more than a little cryptic about his findings — refusing to answer questions or to appear for congressional testimony to clear the air.

Consequently, the president and his Red Hat loyalists continue to repeat the “NO COLLUSION!' lie with very little push-back. The all-caps falsehood gains momentum every time Trump repeats it. Likewise, Bill Barr’s March 24 letter and his subsequent public remarks erroneously confirmed Trump’s lie before anyone, including Congress, was allowed to actually read the report.

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Trump calls himself a rock star as he tries to drum up interest in his Orlando rally: ‘Going to be wild!’

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President Donald Trump compared himself to a rock star ahead of his campaign kickoff rally in Orlando, where hundreds of supporters camped out a day ahead of the Florida event.

Supporters waited in line more than 40 hours before Tuesday night's rally at the Amway Center, and the president claimed that showed he was as popular as musicians who pack arenas for rock concerts.

"The Fake News doesn’t report it," Trump tweeted, "but Republican enthusiasm is at an all time high. Look what is going on in Orlando, Florida, right now! People have never seen anything like it (unless you play a guitar). Going to be wild - See you later!"

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Republican lawmakers ask judge to destroy smoking gun documents proving GOP’s white supremacy

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Republicans on Monday sought a court order to block damning documents from being used against them in a lawsuit.

"North Carolina Republican lawmakers on Monday asked a court to make sure the files of the now-deceased GOP strategist Tom Hofeller are destroyed, or at least kept secret, instead of being used in a high-profile gerrymandering lawsuit," the Raleigh News & Observer reported.

"The filing comes after the groups behind the lawsuit, including Common Cause, accused Republican lawmakers of making false statements in court in a previous gerrymandering case, when the state’s 2011 maps were ruled unconstitutional," the newspaper noted. "That blockbuster accusation made national headlines and was, it said, based on Hofeller’s files which had been secret until recently."

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