5 things you need to know now
5 things you need to know now
  • Report: U.S. intel suggests Sessions talked Trump campaign with Russia

  • Trump renews call for Clinton investigation

  • Sean Spicer resigns as White House press secretary, Sarah Sanders to step in

  • Trump Jr. makes deal for private Senate testimony

  • Minneapolis police chief resigns after fatal shooting of unarmed woman

Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak told Moscow he discussed campaign matters on two occasions with Attorney General Jeff Sessions, then a senator and Trump campaign surrogate, during the 2016 election, The Washington Post reported Friday night, citing U.S. intelligence intercepts of Kislyak's communications. Sessions initially said he "did not have communications with the Russians," claiming he did not remember any such meetings, and then later said the talks were not about campaign matters. President Trump expressed regret over his appointment of Sessions in an interview Wednesday, before the Post report. "A new INTELLIGENCE LEAK from the Amazon Washington Post,this time against A.G. Jeff Sessions.These illegal leaks, like Comey's, must stop!" Trump tweeted Saturday morning, again suggesting his 2016 rival, Hillary Clinton, should be subject to investigation instead of his team.

Source: The Washington Post, CNN

President Trump was up and tweeting early Saturday, offering his thoughts on a range of topics centrally including his desire to see Hillary Clinton under federal investigation instead of his own team. Trump began by objecting to The Washington Post's Friday night report that Attorney General Jeff Sessions did discuss campaign matters with the Russian ambassador last year, contrary to Sessions' account. After a detour to discuss his plans for the day and blame The New York Times for Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi still being alive, Trump got back to the subject of investigations. "So many people are asking why isn't the A.G. or Special Council looking at the many Hillary Clinton or Comey crimes. 33,000 e-mails deleted?" he wrote.

Source: Donald J. Trump, The Hill

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer resigned Friday, telling President Trump he "vehemently disagreed with the appointment" of Wall Street financier Anthony Scaramucci as communications director earlier Friday. Trump reportedly asked Spicer to stay on, but Spicer declined, calling Scaramucci's selection a major mistake. The communications job has been open since Mike Dubke's brief tenure ended in May. Spicer will remain in the White House through August, at which point White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders will replace him. Scaramucci has a history of criticizing Trump, but the president claimed Saturday he was a very early campaign supporter.

Source: The New York Times, Axios

Donald Trump Jr. and former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort have reached an agreement with the Senate Judiciary Committee to testify behind closed doors about their 2016 meeting with Kremlin-linked lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya. The committee's leadership threatened the pair with subpoenas if they did not testify voluntarily for the Senate investigation of Russian election meddling running in parallel with Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe. President Trump's adviser and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, who was also at the meeting, will testify before the Senate and House Intelligence Committees for their Russia inquiries this coming week.

Source: ABC News, Fox News

Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau resigned from her post Friday at the request of the city's mayor, Betsy Hodges. The Minneapolis Police Department has come under heavy criticism after an officer fatally shot an unarmed Australian woman, Justine Damond, who called 911 to report a suspected crime near her home. Though the officers involved were wearing body cameras, they were turned off at the time of Damond's death. Hodges said in a statement it is "clear [Harteau] has lost the confidence of the people of Minneapolis" after multiple high-profile cases of police violence in Minnesota's Twin Cities since 2015.

Source: Star Tribune, Los Angeles Times
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