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Senators: Kushner Didn’t Disclose Emails On WikiLeaks, ‘Russian Overture’

NPR Enlarge this image White House Senior Adviser Jared Kushner listens as President Trump speaks during a meeting with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington in September. Alex Brandon/AP hide caption toggle caption Alex Brandon/AP Senior White House adviser and son-in-law to the president, Jared Kushner, failed to hand over to Senate investigators emails concerning contacts with WikiLeaks and a “Russian backdoor overture,” according to a letter sent by two senior lawmakers. The letter, released Thursday by Sen. Chuck Grassley, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and its ranking...

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Rand Paul Returns To Senate After Being Injured In Attack By Kentucky Neighbor

NPR Enlarge this image Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington on Monday. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP hide caption toggle caption Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP Sen. Rand Paul, who was allegedly tackled by a neighbor at his Kentucky home earlier this month causing him to break several ribs, returned to the Senate Monday for the first time since the attack. Enlarge this image This photo provided by the Warren County Regional Jail shows Rene Boucher, who has been arrested and charged with assaulting and injuring U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky. AP hide caption toggle caption AP He...

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Donald Trump Jr. Had Direct Contact With WikiLeaks During Campaign

NPR Enlarge this image Donald Trump Jr. is interviewed by host Sean Hannity on the Fox News Channel television program, in New York in July 11, 2017. Richard Drew/AP hide caption toggle caption Richard Drew/AP During the 2016 presidential campaign, Donald Trump Jr. was in direct contact with WikiLeaks at the same time the muckraking website was publishing hacked emails from Democratic officials that proved damaging to the Clinton campaign, according to several major publications. Following the reports, Trump Jr. acknowledged the contact in a tweet detailing one exchange with the radical transparency organization. The Atlantic, The Wall Street...

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McCain Derides Trump For Taking Putin’s Word On Russian Election Interference

NPR Enlarge this image President Trump and Russia’s President Vladimir Putin talk during the family photo session at the APEC Summit in Danang, Vietnam on Saturday. Jorge Silva/AP hide caption toggle caption Jorge Silva/AP Arizona Sen. John McCain stepped up his criticism of the White House over the weekend, blasting President Trump for seeming to accept Russian leader Vladimir Putin’s assurances that the Kremlin didn’t interfere in U.S. elections. “There’s nothing ‘America First’ about taking the word of a KGB colonel over that of the American intelligence community,” McCain said in a written statement, referring to Trump’s stated foreign...

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Sen. Flake: GOP Must Stand Against Trump’s Behavior ‘Or Lose That Chance’

NPR Enlarge this image Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., accompanied by his wife Cheryl, leaves the Capitol in Washington on Tuesday after announcing he won’t seek re-election in 2018. Andrew Harnik/AP hide caption toggle caption Andrew Harnik/AP Sen. Jeff Flake, the Arizona Republican who announced his retirement in a withering speech aimed at President Trump, tells NPR that he is “deeply saddened” to leave the Senate, but that lawmakers must take a stand now against the administration’s behavior or “lose that chance.” Addressing his Senate colleagues on Tuesday, Flake — who has sparred with the president for months — called...

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McCain Takes Swipe At President For Vietnam ‘Bone Spur’ Deferment

NPR Enlarge this image Sen John McCain, R-Ariz., returns to his office after a series of votes at the Capitol in Washington, on Thursday. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption toggle caption J. Scott Applewhite/AP In a week that saw two of President Trump’s predecessors issue thinly veiled warnings about where the country is heading under his leadership, Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain fired off what appeared to be a long-delayed riposte to the man who once mocked his war record. In an interview broadcast Sunday on C-SPAN, McCain spoke on the 50th anniversary of his being shot down over...

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CIA Backs Off Director’s Claim That Russian Meddling Didn’t Swing Election

NPR Enlarge this image CIA Director Mike Pompeo speaks during the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) National Security Summit in Washington, on Thursday. Carolyn Kaster/AP hide caption toggle caption Carolyn Kaster/AP The CIA on Thursday was forced to walk back an assertion by Director Mike Pompeo, who incorrectly said that U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded that Russian efforts to influence the outcome of the 2016 presidential election were unsuccessful. Asked at a security conference in Washington, D.C., on Thursday whether he could say with absolute certainty that the November vote was not skewed by Russia, Pompeo replied: “Yes....

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In Speech, Sen. McCain Decries ‘Half-Baked Spurious Nationalism’ – NPR

GOOGLE NEWS Enlarge this image Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., receives the Liberty Medal from Chair of the National Constitution Center’s Board of Trustees, former Vice President Joe Biden in Philadelphia, on Monday. Matt Rourke/AP hide caption toggle caption Matt Rourke/AP In what appeared to be a thinly veiled reference to politics in the Age of Trump, Sen. John McCain on Monday warned Americans against “half-baked, spurious nationalism,” calling the abandonment of U.S. global leadership “unpatriotic.” Speaking in Philadelphia, where he was being honored with the Liberty Medal by the National Constitution Center, McCain did not mention the president by...

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