Trump: Democrats Are Overplaying 'Russia Card' and Face Backlash from Voters

Donald Trump Jr. Posts Emails About Meeting With Russian Lawyer Who Allegedly Promised Incriminating Dirt On Hillary Clinton!

Rancor at White House as Russia Story Refuses to Let the Page Turn

In what could be construed as a criticism of his Democrat campaign rival Hillary Clinton, Trump said Putin would have been much happier if she had won and become president because she would not have spent as much on the US military as he plans to.

Browder told CNBC Wednesday he knows Veselnitskaya, and described her dogged efforts to meet with government officials or anyone with influence to try to work on behalf of the Russian government for repeal of the Magnitsky Act, which is named for Sergei Magnitsky, who died in a Russian prison in 2009 after bringing up information about an alleged fraud.

Actually, if we want to get super technical, it's been eight days since Donald Trump has made a public appearance in the U.S. The last time the 71-year-old came before the Americans was during the Fourth of July holiday celebrations, when he gave a speech on the White House's South Lawn for a military appreciation event.

Trump Sr. showed his fondness for Emin Agalarov on Twitter in 2013 after the Miss Universe pageant in Moscow, sending him a direct tweet that said, "Emin, your performance at Miss Universe was fantastic - you are a STAR!"

Trump Jr., 39, said in a statement that he released the emails "to be totally transparent" about the June 9, 2016, meeting with Russian attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya.

The lawyer in question has denied links to the Kremlin; the Trump team says the meeting was a bust; and the president's fans are dismissing the episode, alternatively, as a non-story, or evidence of a double-standard against Trump, or a Democratic setup. Instead, they're dismayed that the White House has failed to come up with a Russia story it can stick to-one that G.O.P. politicians can defend publicly without having to fear, every day, that it is about to be debunked by the Times or the Washington Post. Most are short of that and the target is not ironclad. White House aide Sebastian Gorka on Thursday said the president could decide to reverse a punishment President Obama imposed on Russia in December when he shuttered two Russian-owned compounds in the United States and expelled the inhabitants as Russian spies. His supporters, like CNN pundit Jeffrey Lord, have said that he was merely collecting opposition research, a normal part of any campaign.

"We're going to be exporting energy - he doesn't want that".

"There's a difference between dealing with the embassy and dealing with a covert intelligence operation", Wittes said.

Ryan, the top-ranking Republican in Congress, told a news conference he supported that.

See the video here. There was no immediate word about whether Manafort, who had previously offered to testify in a closed session, would agree to answer questions about the sit-down, or whether he would take the Fifth. Negotiating is way out of a brown paper bag, for one. Trump has largely stayed on the sidelines of the policy negotiations on the measure but has still publicly pressed GOP senators to fulfill one of the party's central promises to voters.

According to the report, Alexandra Chalupa, a consultant for the Democratic National Committee from 2004 to 2016, worked to expose ties between Mr. Manafort and Russia with help from officials at the Ukrainian Embassy.

In an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network's Pat Robertson, Trump expounded at length on this theory.

Trump is clearly seeking to exploit his supporters' continued doubts about Russian hacking in the 2016. Then Eric Trump, his younger brother, tweeted in response, "This is the EXACT reason they viciously attack our family!" He argued that short of giving a address similar to Richard Nixon's infamous "Checkers speech", wherein the then-vice presidential candidate admitted to the existence of his slush fund established by his political backers, there is little that Trump can do to assuage the predicament he now faces. He had a different view of the investigations, including special counsel Robert Mueller's probe, than the man who nominated him. This "very high level and sensitive information" would be from "the Crown prosecutor of Russia", an apparent reference to Russia's prosecutor general. But he's the leader of Russia.

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