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ABC News(WASHINGTON) — House Speaker Paul Ryan says it’s “important” investigators “get to the bottom” of Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with a Russian lawyer, declaring “it is absolutely unacceptable that Russia — or any other country — but Russia meddled in our elections.”

“We have a special counsel that’s doing an investigation over at Justice Department. We have an investigation here in the House. We have an investigation in the Senate,” Ryan, R-Wis., said during a press conference Wednesday on Capitol Hill. “I think it’s very important that these professionals in these committees do their jobs so that we can get to the bottom of all of this.”

On June 9, 2016, after being told a Russian lawyer had incriminating information on Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump Jr. — along with Donald Trump Sr.’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and then–campaign chairman, Paul Manafort — met at Trump Tower in New York with the attorney, Natalia Veselnitskaya.

Ryan refused to weigh in on whether he would accept a meeting under similar circumstances.

“Look, I’m not going into hypotheticals, only because I think it’s important that we get to the bottom of all of this,” Ryan said.

Ryan said he supported former FBI Director Robert Mueller’s appointment as special counsel in May.

“I think we need to let him and his team and our investigators here do their jobs and follow these leads … wherever they may go, and follow the facts,” Ryan said.

He said that he believes “in strong, bold Russian sanctions” but that the delay in the House on a new sanction bill is due to “a procedural concern” by Democrats.

Ryan and other House GOP leaders are pointing to Democrats for blocking unanimous consent to send the bill to the Senate. Democrats say Republicans are undermining their minority rights and the institutional power of Congress by crafting the language to empower only the majority — a shift from other sanction bills, according to Democrats.

“We’ve never moved a bill on blue-slip issues on a partisan way. I want to keep that bipartisan,” Ryan said.

Ryan hinted that the sanction bill may not come to the floor without changes, due to “some policy issues with respect to making sure we don’t actually inadvertently help Russian oligarchs and oil firms.”

An aide to Ryan did not immediately specify his concerns.

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Scott Clarke / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — Serena Williams is at home this year instead of playing at Wimbledon, where she could have tied Margaret Court’s record of 24 Grand Slam titles with a win.

Williams, who is pregnant with her first child, said it is actually “pretty fantastic” to be on the sidelines as other players, including her sister, Venus Williams, march toward the trophy.

“I’m actually coping well, I mean I have the best reason to not play,” Williams, 35, told ABC News. “I wouldn’t have it any other way.”

Williams said she will likely not be watching Thursday as Venus Williams, 37, plays in the semi-finals against the U.K.’s Johanna Konta because she does not like to watch matches live. That is not to say she is not keeping an eye on her older sister and the rest of the women’s tour.

“I am actually enjoying watching the footage,” said Serena Williams, who won the Australian Open in January and later revealed she was in her first trimester of pregnancy at the time.

Williams and her fiancé, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, announced her pregnancy in April, but have not hinted at the baby’s gender. The baby is due in the fall.

Williams, who is used to living on planes and in hotels, sounded content to be enjoying her time at home while pregnant.

“I’ve never had this time off before, or if I have I’ve been injured and it’s really different to be injured as opposed to be expecting,” she said. “I’ve been really enjoying my time off and getting ready for this new massive chapter in my life.”

Williams, who is based in Florida, revealed that her biggest luxury while being pregnant is getting quality sleep. She is partnering with Tempur-Pedic, including appearing in TV ads, after using the company’s mattresses for more than 10 years.

“I’m usually more of a night person but with my pregnancy I wake up in the morning a lot earlier and I go to bed really early, like 9 or 10 p.m., which is really crazy for me,” she said. “I’ve been really trying to indulge in my sleep.”

Williams, known for bringing a new level of strength to women’s tennis, described being able to sleep at home on her own Tempur-Pedic mattress as a source of power.

“That’s why I love being at home,” she said. “I think I spend most of my time on the road so this has been a really great way to really get my sleep and turn it into power.”

Williams plans to return full-time to her professional tennis career after giving birth but said only “we’ll see” when asked if she has a specific time frame in mind.

She said she is taking her pregnancy “one day at a time” and “not really getting too far ahead of myself” when it comes to preparing.

“I still have a little time left,” said Williams, who won her first Grand Slam nearly 20 years ago.

“I’ll be enjoying lots of family time in the next few months and resting as I prepare for the baby,” she said. “And like I said, just getting as much sleep in now as I can because I understand when the baby comes you won’t sleep as much.”

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“How to Get Away with Murder” Emmy Winner Viola Davis — ABC/Image Group LA(LOS ANGELES) — Nominees for the 69th Emmy Awards will be announced Thursday morning beginning at 8:20 a.m. Pacific via live streamed video on Emmys.com.

Some Emmy perennials, like Game of Thrones, didn’t have new seasons eligible this year, which may open the door for new nominees. But several long time favorites are likely to be nominated again including HBO’s political comedy Veep and its star Julia Louis-Dreyfus.

Other longtime Emmy favorites likely to receive nominations include How to Get Away with Murderactress Viola Davis and Transparent actor Jeffrey Tambor.

With no Game of Thrones, new shows could make hay like Netflix’s Queen Elizabeth bioseries The Crown, and its lead actress Claire Foy; Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale and it’s lead, Elisabeth Moss; and HBO’s Westworld.

And while the drama category has been dominated by cable shows for a decade, one new network series, NBC’s This Is Us, is likely to earn a number of nominations, including one for star Sterling K. Brown. Of course there’s also the pop phenomenon that was Netflix’s Stranger Things.

Another new show — Atlanta — and its star — Donald Glover — are likely to receive nominations in the comedy categories.

In the Limited Series category, eyes will be on big names like Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidmanand their HBO series Big Little Lies, though FX’s Fargo is also a perennial contender, and there’s speculation that there will be nominations for this season’s stars Ewan McGregor and Carrie Coon.

McGregor, Witherspoon and Kidman aren’t the only movie stars in the running: There’s Robert DeNiro, who played fraudster Bernie Madoff in HBO’s The Wizard of Lies, Kevin Spacey in House of Cardsand John Turturro who appeared in HBO’s The Night Of.

We’ll know later today who the nominees are, then we can start speculating about the winners.

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Chatham County Sheriff’s Office(GEORGIA) — Shia LaBeouf is apologizing after video emerged of the actor making racist statements about a black police officer while he was being booked on charges of public drunkenness, disorderly conduct and obstruction in Savannah, Georgia last Saturday.

“I am deeply ashamed of my behavior and make no excuses for it,” the actor wrote Wednesday on Twitter.

LaBeouf continued, “…I am certain that my actions warrant a very sincere apology to the arresting officers, and I am grateful for their restraint. The severity of my behavior is not lost on me.”

“My outright disrespect for authority is problematic to say the least, and completely destructive to say the worst. It is a new low. A low I hope is a bottom,” he wrote. “I have been struggling with addiction publicly for far too long, and I am actively taking steps toward securing my sobriety and hope I can be forgiven my mistakes.”

LeBeouf was arrested in the early morning hours of July 8 after an encounter with police.

The Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department claims the 31-year-old actor “became disorderly, using profanities and vulgar language in front of the women and children present,” during an encounter with a police officer when he wasn’t given a cigarette.

LaBeouf also allegedly became “aggressive toward the officer.” When the officer tried to arrest LaBeouf, he reportedly ran to a nearby hotel, where his disorderly behavior continued, said the police report.

On Wednesday TMZ posted footage from inside a police station where LaBeouf in which the actor tells a black officer, “You’re going to hell, straight to hell, bro.” When another officer asks why, LaBoeuf responds, “‘Cause he’s a black man.”

In the video the actor also can be heard accusing the police of racism saying the arrested him “for being white.”

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Ulrich Baumgarten via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — President Trump will reemerge in public Wednesday evening for the first time since Saturday as he heads to Paris to celebrate Bastille Day.

It’s his third trip abroad as president, and despite its brevity, it is an important one. As Trump celebrates America’s oldest ally’s most important national holiday, he will also face an array of tough issues.

Trump lands in Paris Thursday morning, where he will meet with French President Emmanuel Macron, hold a joint press conference, and attend Bastille Day festivities that also commemorate the 100th anniversary of the U.S. entering World War I and feature American troops.

Here’s what you need to know:


As President Trump was returning from the G-20 summit in Germany last weekend, news was breaking back home of his son Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with a Russian lawyer. When he arrived at the White House, he smiled and waved at reporters, but said nothing. Since then, he has not held any public events.

That means that his press conference alongside President Macron will be the first time he faces cameras and takes questions about that meeting and much more. His and his inner circle’s alleged ties to Russia have dogged his presidency since the start, and with a Justice Department and two Congressional investigations, even a trip overseas won’t bring reprieve.

Trump’s position on Putin may also face scrutiny from the French press — and the French leader. While Trump wants to work with Putin and has not criticized his rule of Russia, Macron has had a more muscular approach to Russia, criticizing its support for the Assad regime in Syria and its treatment of gay men and trans people in Chechnya. Macron may try to firm up Trump’s stance as Western powers seek solutions to the crisis in Ukraine and Syria where Russia has been heavily involved.


At their first one-on-one meeting, it was the handshake seen around the world — a six-second, iron-gripped shake with jaws clenched and faces tightened. Many took it as a sign of icy relations between the 71-year old American and the 39-year old Frenchman, who have different views on seemingly everything, especially after Trump praised Macron’s opponent Marine Le Pen in the French presidential election.

Macron has signaled that he doesn’t dwell on the past, so despite some awkwardness, deepening their relationship will be crucial for both during the brief trip. A senior Trump administration official said, “Their chemistry is quite positive and very good.”

While Macron will look to forge a stronger bond with Trump, there may be someone else who can’t: The city of Paris. Trump has insulted the city on a handful of occasions, often referring to his friend Jim who apparently no longer travels to the City of Lights after years of vacationing there.

“Paris is no longer Paris,” Trump said at the Conservative Political Action Conference in February. The comments had raised the ire of Paris’s mayor and France’s foreign minister in the past, and just 14% of France has confidence Trump would do the right thing in world affairs, according to Pew Research Center.


In terms of issues on the agenda, there is plenty for the two men to discuss, but no topic divides them more than climate change. The U.S. was ostracized from a G-20 statement expressing support for the Paris climate accord, but Macron may push to change Trump’s mind.

“Sometimes Trump makes decisions we don’t like, such as on climate, but we can deal with it in two ways: we can say, ‘We are not going to talk to you,’ or we can offer you our hand to bring you back into the circle,” government spokesman Christophe Castaner told French news channel LCI.

A senior administration official said it’s possible Macron will bring up the issue, “And if he does, the President has spoken on the issue a number of times, and he’ll be ready to engage on that as well.”

Climate change isn’t the only area of difference. Macron, an unapologetic globalist, doesn’t agree with Trump’s nationalist, anti-trade stance, and the young pro-European Union president differs with Trump’s closed borders, anti-refugee positions. It’s doubtful he can change Trump’s mind on anything, but they’ll likely take both issues head on.


One area where the two leaders will seek greater cooperation between their countries is counterterrorism efforts. France has been a key partner to the U.S.’s efforts to defeat ISIS and taken the lead on efforts to fight Islamist terrorism in Africa, with troops in Mali, Chad, Burkina Faso, Niger, and Mauritania.

A victim of several terrorist attacks itself, France also has close intelligence ties to the U.S. as both countries try to root out terror networks and prevent future plots on their soil.

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Win McNamee/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — The Senate Intelligence Committee has begun interviewing White House and Trump campaign staffers for its Russia investigation but it is already expanding its roster of interviewees amid revelations that Donald Trump Jr. met during the campaign with a Russian lawyer purporting to have damaging information about Hillary Clinton.

“It was in black and white that it was part of a Russian government effort to help Trump discredit Clinton,” Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., the ranking member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said of the meetings, adding that he was sure Trump Jr. would come before the panel, as well as the other Trump officials who attended the meeting, including then-campaign manager Paul Manafort and Trump’s son-in-law and adviser, Jared Kushner.

While the committee has not confirmed that they have invited or plan to invite Trump Jr. to testify, Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, the number-two Senate Republican and a Senate Intelligence Committee member, told reporters Tuesday that he “can’t imagine a world” in which he does not.

Meanwhile, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said in a statement that she wants Trump Jr. and others to testify before her panel in an open setting.

Judiciary chairman Chuck Grassley said he plans to invite Manafort to speak before the committee -– and subpoena him if he does not cooperate –- first on failure to register as a foreign agent despite consulting for foreign entities including Ukrainian political figures.

Neither Warner nor Intelligence Committee chairman Richard Burr have confirmed that they have or will ask Trump Jr. to testify. Kushner agreed last month to speak to the committee, and congressional investigators had also previously requested documents from Manafort.

Interviews with Trump officials began this week and the committee has given no indication how long they will continue –- but the scope of the investigation widens with new revelations about Trump team members’ alleged ties to the Russian government.

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Credit: whitehouse.gov(WASHINGTON) — The White House brushed aside the effort Wednesday by two Democratic congressmen to introduce an article of impeachment against President Donald Trump, calling the attempt “ridiculous.”

The resolution introduced by Reps. Al Green, D-Texas, and Brad Sherman, D-Calif., is based on one passed by the House in 1974 related to obstruction of justice as it pertained to then-President Richard Nixon. The article claims Trump “sought to use his authority to hinder and cause the termination” of the investigation into Russian election interference and the possibility of collusion with the Trump campaign.

“I think that is utterly and completely ridiculous and a political game at its worst,” said White House principal deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders at Wednesday’s press briefing. She did not add any additional comment.

Sherman recognized the improbability of Trump’s impeachment at this point, saying in a statement that it is “a very long road,” but expressed hope that the resolution “will inspire an ‘intervention’ in the White House.”

“If impeachment is real, if they actually see articles, perhaps we will see incompetency replaced by care,” said Sherman in the statement. “Perhaps uncontrollable impulses will be controlled. And perhaps the danger our nation faces will be ameliorated.”

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Netflix(NEW YORK) — Lucy Liu is stepping behind the camera to lend her talents to Netflix’s Marvel superhero series Luke Cage.

According to Variety, the actress will direct the Season 2 premiere of the hit series, starring Mike Colter as the bulletproof “Hero for Hire.”

“What a thrill to collaborate with Marvel and Netflix, two industry titans, who paint our world with inspiring stories and beguiling characters,” Liu said in a statement. “It is such an honor to work with such a passionate and fearless team.”

In June, the actress was spotted with Colter in Harlem on set of the series, prompting rumors that she was somehow involved. Liu, known for her roles in Charlie’s Angels and Kill Bill, made her directorial debut with the 2011 short film Meena.

The second season of Luke Cage will be available in 2018.

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ABC News(WASHINGTON) — Despite the trickle of details about Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting last year with a Russian lawyer during his father’s presidential campaign, there are still a number of unanswered questions.

Trump Jr. and others have addressed some of the particulars, but the information is based only on the accounts given by those in the room during that June 9, 2016, meeting in Trump Tower in New York City, leaving many details unknown.

Here is a look at what we know and don’t know about the meeting:

How did the meeting get arranged?

According to the emails that Donald Trump Jr. released on Tuesday, the first he heard of the meeting was when Rob Goldstone, a music promoter and acquaintance of Trump Jr.’s, reached out to him on June 3, which included an offer “to provide the Trump campaign with some official documents and information that would incriminate Hillary and her dealings with Russia.”

The email chain appeared to go from there into logistics of setting up a meeting with “The Russian government attorney.”

The attorney wasn’t named in the emails, but has been identified as Natalia Veselnitskaya. Speaking to ABC News, she described the mysterious circumstances by which she became involved in the meeting. She said she received a call from a Russian-speaking person who told her that members of Trump’s campaign team would see her.

Who is actually responsible for saying the Russians had dirt on Clinton?

This remains unclear.

Scott Balber, an attorney for Goldstone’s client Emin Algalarov — a pop singer and the son of Russian billionaire Aras Agalarov, both of whom have ties to Trump — released a statement to ABC News and it appears to suggest that there is a discrepancy between what Veselnitskaya, whom Balber described as an acquaintance, wanted to achieve in the meeting and what Goldstone said to Trump in setting up the meeting.

“Natalia wanted an introduction made to the Trump team. Our understanding was the purpose of the meeting was to talk about the Magnitsky Act which has been an issue that she’s been pursuing,” Balber said in the statement.

“Rob Goldstone is a promoter who was acting on behalf of Emin. So the introduction was made for that purpose. At no point did we think the purpose of the meeting was to convey information about Hillary Clinton or the campaign,” he said.

Goldstone released a statement pointing to Emin Agalarov as the source of his understanding on the reason for the meeting.

“I was asked by my client in Moscow — Emin Agalarov — to help facilitate a meeting between a Russian attorney [Veselnitzkaya] and Donald Trump Jr. The lawyer had apparently stated she had some information regarding illegal campaign contributions to the [Democratic National Committee], which she believed Mr. Trump Jr. might find important. I reached out to Donald Trump Jr. and he agreed to squeeze us into a very tight meeting schedule,” Goldstone said in the statement obtained by ABC News on Monday.

For her part, Veselnitskaya denies ever having any damaging material about Clinton or implying that she did to anyone involved.

“I have never had compromising materials on Hilary Clinton. I have never pronounced such a word,” she told ABC News.

She said that she thinks Trump did not have a clear understanding of the information she was interested in sharing – about the Magnitsky Act – though she did not explain how she thinks Goldstone got the impression or why he decided to suggest to Trump that she had information about Clinton.

“I think he [Trump] misunderstood it, from the very beginning he was expecting it very much and when he did not get it,” she said to ABC.

Why did Trump accept the meeting?

Trump has maintained in his more recent statements that he was interested in attending the meeting because “the information they suggested they had about Hillary Clinton I thought was Political Opposition Research,” as he said in a statement released on Twitter Tuesday.

He reiterated the statement on Sean Hannity’s Fox News show Tuesday night.

“For me this was opposition research, they had something, may be concrete evidence to all the stories I had been hearing about but were probably unreported for years, not just during the campaign, so I think I wanted to hear it out,” Trump Jr. said on Hannity’s show Tuesday night.

What did Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort know about the meeting before going into it?

In Trump’s first two statements about the meeting, he said that he “asked Jared and Paul to stop by” and then “I asked Jared and Paul to attend but told them nothing of the substance,” respectively.

According to the email chain he released via Twitter on Tuesday, however, Trump contradicted his own narrative. The chain appears to show that he forwarded the chain to Kushner and Manafort on June 8, the day before the meeting, with a logistical update. But, in forwarding the chain, the rest of the email exchange also would have been forwarded, including Trump’s back-and-forth with Goldstone about the nature of the meeting.

That said, Manafort maintains he didn’t know about the substance, according to a source close to him.

A source close to Manafort told ABC News though the former campaign chairman was forwarded the email chain between Don Jr and Rob Goldstone, Manafort never read the full exchange.

Kushner referred reporters to his brother-in-law’s attorney for any questions.

How long did Kushner stay in the meeting?

While he did attend, the developing narrative around the meeting has Kushner leaving not long after it started.

This weekend, Kushner counsel Jamie Gorelick released a statement on her client’s behalf, saying that Kushner “briefly attended [the meeting] at the request of his brother-in-law.”

And Veselnitskaya told NBC’s “Today” on Tuesday that the man she believed to be Kushner “left the meeting after about seven to 10 minutes.”

Kushner is the only one of the three Trump team members in the meeting who currently has a security clearance and works in the White House as a senior adviser to the president.

What was discussed?

Trump has described the meeting several times in his multiple statements.

“After pleasantries were exchanged, the woman stated that she had information that individuals connected to Russia were funding the Democratic National Committee and supporting Ms. Clinton. [Veselnitskaya’s] statements were vague, ambiguous and made no sense. No details or supporting information was provided or even offered. It quickly became clear that she had no meaningful information,” Trump said in his second statement to ABC News this weekend. “She then changed subjects and began discussing the adoption of Russian children and mentioned the Magnitsky Act. It became clear to me that this was the true agenda all along and that the claims of potentially helpful information were a pretext for the meeting.”

Goldstone described a similar scenario.

“At the meeting, the Russian attorney presented a few very general remarks regarding campaign funding and then quickly turned the topic to that of the Magnitsky Act and the banned U.S. adoption of Russian children — at which point the meeting was halted by Don Jr., and we left,” Goldstone said in the statement obtained by ABC News on Monday.

Who is the ‘Crown prosecutor’? And did they give documents to Aras Agalarov?

It remains unclear whom Goldstone was referring to in the initial email in the email chain released by Trump when he wrote, “The Crown prosecutor of Russia met with [Aras Agalarov] this morning and in their meeting offered to provide the Trump campaign with some official documents and information that would incriminate Hillary.”

Goldstone did not name this alleged government official, and that title does not directly match any positions in Russia.

Russia does have a prosecutor general, which is roughly the equivalent of the attorney general in the United States.

No information has emerged to suggest whether or not any government official attempted to pass information through Aras Agalarov.

Who in the Russian government might have been pushing it to Emin Agalarov and his father?

The email chain between Goldstone and Trump started with the premise that “the Crown prosecutor of Russia met with his father Aras [Agalarov] this morning and in their meeting offered to provide the Trump campaign with some official documents and information.”

It remains unclear if this happened, and if so, who was involved.

What are the other Russian government efforts to help Trump’s campaign?

One of the emails shared by Trump Jr. on Twitter suggests that there was more going on in Russia on behalf of the Trump campaign than any alleged motivation for this meeting.

In the email chain released by Trump, Goldstone wrote, “This is obviously very high level and sensitive information but is part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump – helped along by Aras and Emin.”

The nature of that purported “support” has not been detailed any further by anyone involved in this meeting.

While all of the U.S. intelligence agencies have released reports about how Russia attempted to interfere in the U.S. election, it remains unclear if their findings are related or the same as the efforts referenced in the Trump Jr.-Goldstone emails.

Why wasn’t the meeting disclosed initially?

Kushner’s attorney Gorelick said that the meeting was one of many that were accidentally left off his disclosure forms.

“As we have previously stated, Mr. Kushner’s SF-86 was prematurely submitted and, among other errors, did not list any contacts with foreign government officials,” Gorelick said in a statement. “The next day, Mr. Kushner submitted supplemental information stating that he had had “numerous contacts with foreign officials” about which he would be happy to provide additional information. He has since submitted this information, including that during the campaign and transition, he had over 100 calls or meetings with representatives of more than 20 countries, most of which were during transition. Mr. Kushner has submitted additional updates and included, out of an abundance of caution, this meeting with a Russian person, which he briefly attended at the request of his brother-in-law, Donald Trump Jr.”

She did not release the specific dates when the previously omitted meetings — including this one — were added onto his disclosure forms.

What other Russian meetings did Trump Jr. have?

During his interview on Hannity on Tuesday, Trump Jr. suggested that there may have been other similar meetings to this one, though the specifics about any of those hypothetical meetings remains unknown.

When asked if he met with any other people from Russia, Trump Jr. said “You know, I don’t even know. I’ve probably met with other people from Russia.” Hannity then clarified that he meant specifically during the campaign, and Trump Jr. said “not in the context of actual — a formalized meeting or anything like that because why would I?”

What did the president know and when?

During an audio-only briefing Monday, White House principal deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that the president learned about the meeting only “in the last couple of days.”

President Trump’s outside legal team confirmed that he was not present for the meeting and said he had not been aware of it.

The Russian government also denied any knowledge of the meeting before this week.

“No, we do not know who it is, and, of course, we cannot track the meetings of all Russian lawyers, both inside the country and abroad,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters today when asked if the meeting was coordinated with Russian authorities.

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ABC News(WASHINGTON) — President Donald Trump said he did not know of his son’s meeting with a Russian attorney in which Donald Trump Jr. expected to hear incriminating information about Hillary Clinton until “a couple of days ago,” echoing the claim made by Trump Jr. in his recent defenses of the encounter.

In an interview with Reuters Wednesday, Trump Sr. seemed to dismiss the controversy swirling around his eldest son. After The New York Times first reported last weekend that Trump Jr. met with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya in June 2016, he released screenshots of emails Tuesday that showed the organization of the meeting, including his interest in damaging information about Clinton.

“I think many people would have held that meeting,” said the president to Reuters while maintaining that he was unaware of its occurrence at the time.

“I didn’t know until a couple of days ago when I heard about this,” said Trump Sr.

The Reuters interview further included additional details about the Trump Sr.’s meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin during last week’s G-20 summit. While administration advisers have commented that Trump Sr. discussed Russian interference in last year’s presidential election with Putin, officials from the two countries offered diverging claims about whether or not the president accepted the Russian leader’s denial of involvement.

“I said, ‘Did you do it’? And he said, ‘No, I did not. Absolutely not,'” Trump told Reuters Wednesday. “I then asked him a second time in a totally different way. He said, ‘Absolutely not.'”

Reuters further reported that the discussion about the election comprised “the first 20 or 25 minutes of his more than two-hour meeting.”

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