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Intercepts suggest Sessions discussed Trump campaign matters with Russia envoy

Jeff Sessions discussed campaign with Russian envoyRussia's ambassador to the U.S. told his superiors in Moscow that he discussed campaign-related issues with Jeff Sessions, who is now the attorney general, The Washington Post reported Friday.

Russian envoy Sergey Kislyak's accounts of two conversations with Sessions, who was then a GOP senator from Alabama, were intercepted by U.S. spy agencies that monitor Russian communications, according to the Post, which cited current and former U.S. officials.

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Russian man at Trump Jr meeting had partner with Soviet intelligence ties

Russian at meeting had ties with intelA Russian participant in the notorious meeting held by Donald Trump’s son at Trump Tower last year had a business partner who was linked by US authorities to former Soviet intelligence officials.

Irakly Kaveladze was identified this week as the eighth attendee of the June 2016 meeting, which has become central to questions over Russian interference in last year’s presidential election.

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Trump lawyers asking about presidential pardon powers: report

Trump lawyers asking about pardonsPresident Trump's lawyers are looking into the president's authority to grant pardons in connection with the special counsel investigation into Russia's role in the 2016 presidential election, The Washington Post reported Thursday.

Trump himself has talked to advisers about his ability to pardon his aides, family members and himself in the investigations, according to the Post, though one adviser cautioned that the president's inquiries were made in curiosity, rather than in connection to the Russia probes.

“This is not in the context of, ‘I can’t wait to pardon myself,'” the adviser said.

TVNL Comment:  Too blood-chilling for words....

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What we know about the Trump legal team shakeup

Ty Cobb new legal adviser to TrumpPresident Donald Trump is shaking up his outside legal team that is charged primarily with responding to the federal probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

John Dowd, who joined the legal team in mid-June, is replacing Trump's longtime personal lawyer, Marc Kasowitz, as lead attorney representing the president, Dowd confirmed to ABC News.

The newest lawyer in the group, Ty Cobb, will take the lead in managing the team's external response to the Russia probe.

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Financier Anthony Scaramucci accepts Trump offer to head White House communications

John ScaramucciProminent Wall Street financier Anthony Scaramucci has accepted the position of White House communications director offered to him by President Donald Trump, sources confirm to ABC News.

Scaramucci is replacing Mike Dubke, who resigned in May only three months after being hired. Axios first reported the planned hiring of Scaramucci.

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Sean Spicer quits as White House press secretary

Sean Spicer quitsSean Spicer quit his job as White House press secretary Friday after President Trump decided to tap Anthony Scaramucci as the White House communications director, according to news reports.

Spicer objected to the hiring, according to The New York Times and Associated Press. He had taken on the communications director duties after the resignation of Mike Dubke back in May.

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Trump Aides, Seeking Leverage, Investigate Mueller’s Investigators

MuellerPresident Trump’s lawyers and aides are scouring the professional and political backgrounds of investigators hired by the special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, looking for conflicts of interest they could use to discredit the investigation — or even build a case to fire Mr. Mueller or get some members of his team recused, according to three people with knowledge of the research effort.

The search for potential conflicts is wide-ranging. It includes scrutinizing donations to Democratic candidates, investigators’ past clients and Mr. Mueller’s relationship with James B. Comey, whose firing as F.B.I. director is part of the special counsel’s investigation.

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