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Even as the White ...
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U.S. President Donald Trump's defense of the Helsinki summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin did nothing to quell furor on Capitol Hill, where lawmakers on Wednesday demanded answers from the administration and pressed punitive legislation aimed at Moscow.
"Americans and the members of this committee deserve to know what the president and foreign autocrats are agreeing to behind closed doors," said the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Bob Menendez of New Jersey.
Menendez expressed consternation over Russian statements signaling a willingness to launch security cooperation agreements Trump and Putin allegedly agreed to during their encounter.
"Pro-Kremlin media at this moment are putting out more information … than anything that I know as the senior-most Democrat on this committee, than any member of the committee knows, and that the American people know," the senator said.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is expected to testify before the committee next week. The panel's chairman, Tennessee Republican Bob Corker, said Democrats are not alone in demanding answers.
"I take a back seat to no one on challenging what happened at NATO, what happened in Helsinki," Corker said in response to Menendez. "I look forward to working with you in putting whatever pressure we need to put on the administration to make sure we find out [details of Trump's trip]."
One day after insisting he misspoke during Monday's press conference with Putin in which he did not defend U.S. intelligence conclusions that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election, Trump blasted critics of his performance in Helsinki and proclaimed the summit a success.
Of his closed-door meeting with the Russian leader, Trump wrote on Twitter that he and Putin "discussed many important subjects" and added: "Big results will come!"
Democrats' suspicions of Trump have risen to new heights, prompting an unprecedented demand that the U.S. interpreter who attended the Trump-Putin meeting testify as to what was said.
The Senate's Democratic minority leader, Chuck Schumer of New York, noted that Trump excluded all members of his national security team from the private chat with Putin.
"President Trump wanted no one else in the room. So, to have the translator come testify and tell what happened there is an imperative," Schumer said. "It is rare for translators to come before Congress, but in this case, it's warranted."
Republican leaders did not echo the call, but some Republican lawmakers reaffirmed their backing for bipartisan legislation to further sanction Russia if it meddles in U.S. midterm elections in November, and to protect the special counsel in the Justice Department's Russia probe, Robert Mueller, a frequent target of Trump's ire.
"The only thing that Vladimir Putin understands is deterrence," Florida Republican Senator Marco Rubio said, advocating the DETER Act that he and Maryland Democrat Chris Van Hollen introduced in the chamber. "Sanctions will go into effect immediately if the Director of National Intelligence … determines that Russia is once again interfering in our elections. So that before he [Putin] even does it [orders meddling], he has a very clear understanding of what the price is going to be."
Separately, Arizona Republican Jeff Flake told reporters he is working with Democrats to craft a Senate resolution affirming support for America's intelligence community and demanding the administration fully brief lawmakers on Trump's discussions with Putin in Helsinki.
Flake has said he was "floored" by the Trump-Putin news conference, calling it "shameful."
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, on Tuesday did not rule out Russia-related votes, saying, "There's a possibility that we may well take up legislation related to this."
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Rep. Matt Gaetz, Florida Republican, expressed regret Wednesday over appearing on the program hosted by Infowars publisher and right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones.
"I would not go back on Alex Jones's show," Mr. Gaetz told The Hill.
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ATLANTA (AP) - A judge on Wednesday upheld the disqualification of a Georgia House candidate over citizenship requirements.
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ATLANTA (AP) - President Donald Trump has endorsed Secretary of State Brian Kemp over Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle for Georgia governor, just days before the contentious Republican runoff is decided.
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The GOP-controlled House passed a resolution Wednesday putting the chamber on record in support for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which has become a whipping post for the left-wing of the Democratic Party.
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Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer said Wednesday Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh should recuse himself from any case dealing with the special counsel's probe involving President Trump if he's confirmed to the high court.
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A Russian woman accused of working as a covert foreign agent was in regular contact with operatives from Moscow and offered sex in exchange for a job, prosecutors said Wednesday in newly filed court papers.
Those claims are part of the Justice Department's argument that the woman, Maria Butina, should ...
The House passed a resolution Tuesday expressing support for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, as a growing number of liberals in the Democratic Party call for the abolishment of the agency that enforces federal immigration laws.
President Trump, just as he was moving to quell the raging controversy over his press conference with Vladimir Putin, touched off a new one Wednesday when he appeared to deny Russia is still targeting the U.S. – prompting another White House clarification.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders blasted “media hysteria” on Wednesday, accusing reporters of confusing a Russian spy with a National Security Council employee simply because they both have red hair.
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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas' governor says a state lawmaker and fellow Republican who was arrested after authorities said he didn't file an income tax return for 15 years should resign from the House.
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U.S. President Donald Trump said Wednesday he does not believe Russia is continuing to target the United States with cyberattacks, a direct contradiction of an assessment last week by Dan Coats, his director of national intelligence.
Trump, meeting with his cabinet at the White House, shook his head and said "no" when asked whether Russia was still attempting to interfere in U.S. elections.
Coats had told a Washington think tank that "the digital infrastructure that serves this country is literally under attack," and singled out Russia as the "most aggressive foreign actor, no question."
Republican Senator Lindsey Graham immediately cited the wide gap between Trump's and Coats' views of Russia.
He said "a BIG discrepancy between President Trump's statement and DNI Coates' warning. It's imperative we get to the bottom of what is going on so we can be prepared to protect ourselves in advance of the 2018 elections. My personal view: the Russians are at [it] again."
Trump told reporters, "We're doing very well, probably as well as anybody has ever done with Russia. And there's been no president ever as tough as I have been on Russia."
Earlier, in a string of predawn Twitter comments, Trump boasted again about his Monday summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The president's Twitter comments came hours after he said he accepted the U.S. intelligence community's conclusion that Russia meddled in the 2016 presidential election, walking back his Monday comments embracing Putin's denial that Moscow had interfered.
"I accept our intelligence community's conclusion that Russia's meddling in the 2016 election took place," Trump told reporters at the White House Tuesday.
But he then added: "Could be other people also. A lot of people out there," an assessment of the possibility that other countries tried to interfere in the U.S. election that was not part of the intelligence community's finding.
The U.S. holds congressional elections in November, when the entire 435-member House of Representatives is being contested and a third of the 100-member Senate.
On Twitter Wednesday, Trump wrote that his meeting with Putin could be more successful than the NATO summit in the long-term.
Trump's revision of the comments he made as he stood alongside Putin at a news conference at the end of their summit came after a torrent of criticism from Republican and Democratic lawmakers alike, who said the U.S. leader appeared to be weak compared to his Russian counterpart.
Only a handful of Republican colleagues of Trump praised his performance.
Trump said that after he reviewed a transcript of his Helsinki remarks, he realized he misspoke.
"In a key sentence in my remarks, I said the word 'would' instead of 'wouldn't.' The sentence should have been ... 'I don't see any reason why it WOULDN'T be Russia" — that Russia interfered in the election, Trump said.
But he added that the Russian actions had no impact on the outcome of his victory over Democrat Hillary Clinton, a former U.S. secretary of state, and reiterated his frequent statement denying that there was any collusion between his campaign and Russian operatives.
U.S. special counsel Robert Mueller is continuing his 14-month criminal investigation of Russian interference.
Trump said his administration will do everything it can to thwart any Russian efforts to interfere with November's U.S. congressional elections.
"We will stop it, we will repel it," Trump vowed.
Before back-tracking, Trump said on Twitter he had a great summit with Putin and gave no ground in changing his statements about accepting Putin's denial of interference in the U.S. election two years ago.
On Capitol Hill, House Speaker Paul Ryan, a Wisconsin Republican, responded to Trump's initial rosy assessment.
"Let's be very clear: Russia meddled in our election," Ryan said. "We know they interfered with our elections, and we have passed sanctions on Russia to hold them accountable."
When asked about election meddling during the joint news conference with Putin on Monday, Trump said, "President Putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial today."
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President Trump said Wednesday that Russia isn't targeting the U.S. any longer, and said he's been tougher on Moscow than any of his predecessors.
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President Donald Trump's tumultuous trip across Europe, historians say, smashed the conventions of American leaders on the world stage.
Trump's "America First" approach to foreign policy had him seeming to accept the word of a hostile power over his own intelligence agencies, insulting allies and sowing doubts about his commitment to the NATO alliance.
"We've never had a president go abroad and not only lecture to our NATO allies, but also to embarrass them," said Russia expert William Pomeranz, deputy director of the Kennan Institute at the Wilson Center. "We've never had our president go on a foreign tour and categorize our allies as foes. And we've never had our president hold a joint news conference with a Russian leader where he assigned blame, from his perspective, to both parties, but in fact dedicated most of his time to blaming the U.S. Justice Department and intelligence services."
While past presidents have had difficult foreign trips and been criticized for their summits with Soviet leaders, Trump's behavior has few parallels, in the view of presidential historians and longtime Russia watchers.
Franklin Roosevelt was accused of "selling out" to Joseph Stalin at the Yalta Conference in 1945; John F. Kennedy and his aides admitted that he'd been unprepared for his 1961 Vienna summit with Nikita Khrushchev; the Reykjavik summit between Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev in 1986 was seen at the time to have ended in failure; and George W. Bush was mocked for telling reporters in 2001 after meeting with Putin that he had "looked the man in the eye" and "found him to be very straightforward and trustworthy."
Trump's trip was seen as different.
"Frankly, I don't think those U.S. presidents at any point came off as not pursuing U.S. security interests, as being taken in by the Soviet leader they were meeting with," said Alina Polyakova, a foreign policy fellow at the Brookings Institution. "I think even President George W. Bush's meeting, where he had that famous quote about looking into Putin's eyes and seeing into his soul — this summit dwarfs that by a factor of a thousand."
Indeed, even before he departed Washington, Trump had made clear that he was itching for a fight. He criticized members of NATO, the decades-old military alliance, for failing to spend enough on defense and suggested he might not be interested in "paying for Europe's protection" any longer.
In his first appearance at a pre-summit breakfast in Brussels, he went after German Chancellor Angela Merkel, claiming Germany was "totally controlled" by Russia and later asked on Twitter, "What good is NATO." The summit ended in a whiplash-inducing proclamation from the president that NATO was stronger than ever, as he claimed he'd secured new commitments to defense spending, which those present later disputed.
The drama continued as Trump headed to his next stop, the U.K. His first official visit was overshadowed by fallout from the rhetorical grenade he'd lobbed at British Prime Minister Theresa May before arriving. In a tabloid interview, he criticized May's Brexit plans, said he might no longer be open to a trade deal with the U.K., and said one of May's political rivals would be an excellent prime minister, undermining her at a time when her government is in turmoil.
Then came yet another interview, this one from one of his golf courses in Scotland, in which Trump categorized the European Union as a top geopolitical "foe."
Nothing, however, had quite prepared the world for Trump's comments in Helsinki after hours of meetings with Russian President Vladimir Putin, whose government, U.S. intelligence officials have concluded, meddled in the 2016 election, hacked Democratic Party emails and disseminated them in an effort to help Trump win.
Standing on stage with the man accused of complicity in an attack on American democracy, Trump said his intelligence people "think it's Russia. I have President Putin. He just said it's not Russia. I will say this: I don't see any reason why it would be." He also went after his Justice Department, calling its investigation into Russia's efforts and potential collusion with Trump's campaign a "disaster for our country."
It was a stunning comment from an American president — one that he partially tried to walk back 24 hours later by blaming a grammatical glitch. But he did not retreat from a number of his other comments giving credence to Putin's denials of election interference.
"Trump 0 - Putin 1," blared the front page of Finland's Kauppalehti newspaper.
Douglas Brinkley, a presidential historian and professor at Rice University, compared Trump to "a bull carrying his own china shop around with him."
"Just standing and selling your country downriver on foreign soil in front of your adversary — there's no precedent for such disgraceful and irrational behavior," Brinkley said.
Pomeranz said Trump had done himself political damage by suggesting both sides were to blame for the Russia probe that has hurt U.S. relations with Moscow — just as Trump did when he blamed both sides when responding to violent white supremacist protests in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Pomeranz said the damage Trump did by describing the E.U. as a foe and lecturing his NATO allies was significant.
"I think that is what's going to be remembered from this week," he said.
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WASHINGTON- The body of a Secret Service agent who died in Scotland during President Donald Trump's overseas trip was being returned to the United States on Wednesday.