2016

Trump Accuses Voting Officials of Hiding Something
At first vote commission meeting, accusations surround data claims

President Donald Trump speaks while flanked by Kansas Secretary of State, Kris Kobach, left and Vice President Mike Pence during the first meeting of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump kicked off the first meeting of a panel he has tasked with probing his own voter fraud claims by questioning why some states are refusing to turn over voting data to his administration.

“I’m pleased that more than 30 states have already agreed to share the information with the commission and the other states that information will be forthcoming,” Trump said. “If any state does not want to share this information, one has to wonder what they’re worried about.”

Analysis: Senate Health Care Failure Another Blow to Trump
Aides had described POTUS as ‘active’ behind the scenes to find 50 votes

President Donald Trump speaks while flanked by House Republicans in May after they passed legislation aimed at repealing and replacing the 2010 health care law. A Senate measure that Trump had lobbied for behind the scenes died Monday night due to lack of GOP support. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images file photo)

The inability of Senate Republicans to agree on a measure to repeal and replace Barack Obama’s 2010 health care law is another blow to Donald Trump’s still-young but embattled presidency.

The president took to Twitter shortly after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., pulled the measure after the third and fourth GOP senators announced their opposition — two more than he could spare. Trump’s message in a late-night tweet and then one on Tuesday morning was forward-looking.

Was President at Trump Tower When Son Met Russian Lawyer?
Legal expert: Mueller will probe whether Trump knew of meeting in June 2016

Trump Tower was the site of a meeting between a Russian lawyer and President Donald Trump’s eldest son, his son-in-law and his then-campaign chairman in June 2016. (Courtesy Epicgenius/Wikimedia Commons CC BY-SA 4.0)

Updated at 5:43 p.m. A review of open-source data indicates then-candidate Donald Trump was inside Trump Tower last year when his eldest son and at least two other top aides huddled with a Russian lawyer they believed had Kremlin-supplied information that could hurt presidential rival Hillary Clinton.

White House and Trump campaign officials, along with the president’s private legal team, have not disputed as of publication time that he was at his Manhattan steel-and-glass haven. That means Trump was nearby — though likely on a different floor — when his son and associates believed they were about to receive information from the Kremlin intended to ding another candidate for the country’s highest office.

What’s Tim Ryan Doing in New Hampshire?
Democratic rising star also plans to visit Indiana, Kentucky, West Virginia, and Alabama

Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, is heading to New Hampshire and also has plans to visit Midwestern and Southern states. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Trump Defends Eldest Son During Chummy Day with Macron
'Most people would have taken that meeting,' U.S. president declares

French President Emmanuel Macron (left) welcomes U.S. President Donald Trump prior to a meeting and joint press conference at the Elysee Presidential Palace on Thursday in Paris. (Photo by Thierry Chesnot/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump on Thursday uttered his first verbal public defense of his eldest son’s decision to take a meeting with what was described to him as a “Russian government attorney” to discuss dirt on Hillary Clinton.

His comments came during a remarkably chummy day with new French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris. The two slapped backs and exchanged numerous handshakes and laughs in front of journalists, vowing enhanced counterterrorism cooperation during a joint press conference.

Is Russia Friend or Foe? White House Won't Say
Congressional GOP has no problem labeling as adversary

Russian President Vladimir Putin (left) shakes hands last Friday with U.S. President Donald Trump at a G-20 summit in Germany. (Wikimedia Commons)

The White House refuses to say if Russia and Vladimir Putin are ally, enemy or something in between.

Three times this week, Principal Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders has been asked by reporters to describe the official position of President Donald Trump on Russia. Each time, she has declined to describe how the president views relations with Moscow, a nuclear-armed global power with whom relations soured under the George W. Bush and Barack Obama administrations.

Meng Asks FEC For Investigation After Trump Jr.'s Emails Revealed
Calls the nature of offer of information from Russian ‘unacceptable encroachments’

Rep. Grace Meng, D-N.Y., is seeking a Federal Election Commission investigation in light of Donald Trump Jr.'s emails about meeting with a Russian lawyer. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

President Declares Donald Trump Jr. 'Innocent' Despite Russia Emails
Eldest son to Fox's Hannity: I should have 'done things a little differently'

Donald Trump Jr. on Tuesday told Fox News host Sean Hannity that he probably would have handled a meeting about potentially damaging information on Hillary Clinton “a little differently.” (Fox News Channel)

Updated at 9:43 a.m.President Donald Trump defended his eldest son Wednesday morning, declaring him “innocent” despite an email showing him enthusiastically welcoming campaign assistance he was told was straight from the Kremlin.

The president’s defense came in a morning tweet, and seemed largely a reaction to an interview Donald Trump Jr. conducted Tuesday night with Fox News Channel host Sean Hannity after he tweeted what he said is the full email exchange with a family business associate who was offering dirt on Hillary Clinton provided to other Trump associates by Russia’s top prosecutor.

Donald Trump Jr. Emails Detail Apparent Kremlin Offer of Help
White House: Obtaining negative information is what campaigns do

Donald Trump Jr. published what he said was the full email chain in the lead-up to his meeting with a Russian lawyer about Hillary Clinton during the 2016 campaign. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 1:46 p.m. | A middleman told Donald Trump Jr. during the 2016 presidential election that a senior government official in Moscow wanted to share potentially damaging information about Hillary Clinton that the intermediary said was “part of Russia and its government’s support” for his father’s presidential campaign.

Trump Jr. on Tuesday tweeted what he said was the entire email exchange with a former Russian business partner of his father, President Donald Trump, that shows the son enthusiastically accepting the man’s offer to pass the alleged Kremlin-provided dirt on Clinton to the Trump campaign.

Trump Calls Out Putin Over Election Meddling, Putin Denies It
Tillerson says U.S. and Russia work out cease-fire in Syria

President Donald Trump arrives for the first day of the G-20 summit Friday in Hamburg, Germany. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Updated 9:27 p.m. President Donald Trump pressed Vladimir Putin over Moscow’s alleged meddling in the 2016 U.S. election on Friday, but the Russian president denied involvement each time, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said.

“They had a very robust and lengthy exchange on the subject,” Tillerson said from Hamburg, Germany, where Trump and 19 other world leaders are attending the G-20 summit. “The president pressed President Putin on more than one occasion regarding Russian involvement. President Putin denied such involvement.”