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Bannon Asserts Trump Met with Russians

“The chance that Don Jr. did not walk these Jumos up to his father’s office of the 26th floor is zero.”

— Steve Bannon, quoted in Michael Wolff’s “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” about the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting with a Russian lawyer. Trump has denied ever meeting the Russian participants.

Poetic Justice

One Loose Bannon

The Trumpian White House loyalty code, well, Bannon broke it.
If we thought Trump was already mad, well, Bannon stoked it.
Now Trump’s lawyers want him to desist and cease
Exercising his right to free speech.
It’s clear to us Bannon didn’t lose his mind — he just spoke it.

Enumerati

Nearly Half Believe Trump Colluded with Russians

47%

A new CNN poll finds that nearly half of Americans, 47%, say they approve of special counsel Robert Mueller’s handling of the probe into Russia’s involvement in the presidential race and the possibility of collusion with the Trump campaign. One third of Americans, 34%, say they disapprove.

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GOP Committee Members Seeking to Shut Down Committee

“Republican House members on our committee… are taking steps to shut us down.”

— Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), on MSNBC, accusing House Republicans of preparing to close down the House Intelligence Committee’s Russia investigation.

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Kislyak Won’t Name Trumpers He’s Spoken to

“First, I’m never going to do that. And second, the list is so long that I’m not going to be able to go through it in 20 minutes.”

— Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, saying that it would take him more than 20 minutes to name all of the Trump officials he’s met with or spoken to on the phone, CNBC reports.

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Clapper: Russia Stole the U.S. Election

“The Russians have succeeded beyond their wildest expectations.”

— Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, telling Politico that no matter how much President Trump rants about the “Russia hoax,” the 2016 hacking was not only real and aimed at electing Trump but constituted a major victory for a dangerous foreign adversary.

Enumerati

Trump Offers to Pay for Staff Legal Bills in Russia Probe

$430,000

President Trump has promised to spend at least $430,000 of his own money to defray legal costs incurred by campaign associates and White House staff due to the Russia investigations, Axios reports.

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Trump Thanks Putin for Expelling Diplomatic Staff

“I’m very thankful that he let go of a large number of people because now we have a smaller payroll.”

— U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday, thanking Russian President Vladimir Putin for ordering the United States to slash its diplomatic staff in Russia, breaking nearly two weeks of silence on Putin’s July 30 order cutting U.S. embassy and consulate staff by nearly two thirds, Reuters reports.

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Large Majority Say Trump’s Finances Fair Game for Mueller Investigation

70%

A new CNN poll finds that 70% of Americans believe the federal investigation into Russia’s efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election in the US should be able to look into President Trump’s finances.

Poetic Justice

2 Dumb 2 Collude?

Though Don Junior and Jared would appear to be screwed,
They’re testing a defense that is shrewd.
But if Kushner’s so wise
To give a president advice,
Will we believe that he’s too dumb to collude?