Red curtain falls: Trump Jr emails show Russia ties | The minute

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Got a minute? Trump Jr leapt at offer of ‘ultra sensitive’ ‘official documents and information’… from a ‘Russian government attorney’… and everything in US politics. By Tom McCarthy

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Under pressure from the New York Times, Donald Trump Jr released emails containing shocking revelations of ties between Russia and the Trump campaign, feeding suspicions of foul play in the presidential election.

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In the emails, an intermediary offers Trump Jr a meeting with a “Russian government attorney” to pass “ultra sensitive” information as “part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr Trump”. Trump Jr replies: “If it’s what you say I love it.”

Full text of the emails

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Trump Jr says nothing came of the meeting. Earlier, he said he went into the meeting not knowing what it was about. Previously, he repeatedly denied any contact with Russians. Who to believe?

Trump camp denied Russian involvement at least 20 times

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FLASHBACK: Don Jr. July 24, 2016. On the Clinton campaign’s claims that the Russians were helping Trump: “It’s disgusting. It’s so phony.” pic.twitter.com/xnD386ewMq

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“Life’s tough. Its even tougher if you’re stupid” John Wayne

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My son is a high-quality person and I applaud his transparency.

– President Donald Trump

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.@DonaldJTrumpJr posted these emails after being informed that The New York Times was doing a story on them https://t.co/CgdD1xUIgt https://t.co/3SQWSccyZC

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Stocks drop after Donald Trump Jr. posts emails on twitter https://t.co/Xccv8FHMQU pic.twitter.com/WcmXSpc6Gy

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Republicans were quiet as the email fallout spread, but Democrats came out swinging. Former vice-presidential nominee Tim Kaine was not alone in using the word “treason”.

Dems come out swinging

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Just about every single member of the Republican congress has signed on to a coverup without knowing what they’re covering up.

Whoops.

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Holy crap. If this is what NYT has, can you imagine what @TheJusticeDept has collected? https://t.co/0f0uSir9oA

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Like, I absolutely understand why you would trust this guy to serve as an intermediary with the Russians. He’s a pro. pic.twitter.com/WmgaTZpZFZ

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Obamacare wont be repealed
There will be no tax cut
GOP sold its soul for 1 Scotus justice & temporary rollback of some EPA regs. https://t.co/Ig3SXy35uR

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Congress hasn’t done anything on health care or taxes or the budget, but the House will vote to rename a post office for Merle Haggard

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