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On Tuesday, President Donald Trump's son released emails in which he was told that the Russian government was working to elect Trump - something USA intelligence services long ago concluded.

President Donald Trump said his son Donald Trump Jr.'s meeting a year ago with a Russian lawyer was uneventful and that "most people in politics" would have agreed to it.

It's something that you don't like talking about, but again we are the most powerful country in the world, and we are getting more and more powerful because I'm a big military person. It's that kind of hypocrisy, those kind of lies, and what's worse than that it's happening is that so many people don't care. Trump's enthusiasm may also have communicated to the Kremlin that the Trump camp would welcome Kremlin election meddling.

President Trump and Macron took questions from reporters in Paris amid a swirl of controversy over his oldest son's meeting with a Russian lawyer.

McConnell gave similar responses when asked whether he still trusts the president on Russian Federation issues, and whether he himself regrets not taking action after getting briefed last fall, along with other high-level House and Senate lawmakers of both parties, about Russia's attempted meddling in the US election. Trump Jr. responded by writing, "If it's what you say I love it especially later in the summer".

But he insisted that nothing came out of the meeting of use to the Trump campaign, and he did nothing to collude with Russian Federation or cooperate with the Kremlin in any effort to damage Clinton's election prospects.

In the complaint, the groups argued that Trump Jr.'s actions meet the definition of solicitation under the law because he requested and helped arrange the meeting.

The two exchanged a series of emails back and forth - including one in which Trump gave Goldstone his cell phone number for Emin - until, at 3:43 p.m. ET, Goldstone wrote that Emin was "on stage in Moscow but should be off within 20 Minutes so I am sure can call". "For me, this was opposition research" that he had hoped might yield "concrete evidence" against Clinton.

That Russia was behind a wave of election-year cyberattacks against Democratic institutions and individuals - and that those attacks were meant to aid Trump's candidacy - has been the assessment of the US intelligence community for months, a conclusion the president himself has been hesitant to accept whole-heartedly.

The Republican chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee said Thursday that he would call on Trump Jr.to testify amid investigations into Russian meddling in last year's election and would subpoena him if necessary.

Trump asked: "What do you do?"

"Look. Something happened and we have to find out what it is, because we can't allow a thing like that to happen to our election process". So we need to consider the possibility that he actually didn't know about it at the time but only learned about it in recent weeks.

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During that session, he cast doubts on Russia's culpability in last year's election meddling, despite the views of USA intelligence agencies.

Trump equivocated on whether he felt he could trust Putin. Pictures from the meeting show the leaders praying for the president. In fact, Russia Today, which the USA considers a state-run propaganda arm, paid for Flynn to take a 2015 trip to Moscow.

The two leaders were asked about their respective nations' relations with Russian Federation. It is the second most powerful nuclear power on Earth.

But does that, as Kaine and others like Democratic congressman Seth Moulton have suggested, constitute treason against the United States?

Putin had said it seemed to him that Trump had "agreed" but added "it's better to ask him about his attitude".

"There was zero coordination".

"And from day one I want fracking and everything else to get energy prices low and to create tremendous energy".

Defence lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya, who represents Russian state-owned corporations, said: "I have never acted on behalf of the Russian government and have never discussed any of these matters with any representative of the Russian government". "We have a very important relationship", Trump said.

Trump also disputed that Putin ever claimed Trump had accepted his denials, insisting Putin "didn't say that".

Because of those major differences, Trump said he wonders whether Putin really did support him over Clinton in the election.

Trump was asked about his son's meeting a day after Christopher Wray, his nominee to head the Federal Bureau of Investigation, told the Senate Judiciary Committee at his confirmation hearing that he would advise politicians that "any threat or effort to interfere with our election from any nation state or any non-state actor is the kind of thing the Federal Bureau of Investigation would want to know".

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