5 things you need to know now
5 things you need to know now
  • Jared Kushner denies collusion after appearing before Senate

  • In morning tweetstorm, Trump lashes out over Russia probe

  • Scaramucci announces the return of televised briefings

  • Democrats unveil the party's 2018 economic agenda

  • Taliban claims deadly Kabul car bomb attack

After a closed-door meeting Monday with the Senate Intelligence Committee, Jared Kushner, President Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, delivered a brief statement outside the White House reiterating his innocence. "Let me be very clear: I did not collude with Russia nor do I know of anyone else in the campaign who did so," Kushner said. Early Monday, Kushner released an 11-page statement to the House and Senate intelligence committees detailing what he described as "perhaps four contacts with Russian representatives out of thousands during the campaign and transition," insisting that he "did not collude." Kushner will speak privately with members of the House Intelligence Committee on Tuesday about his role in Trump's campaign and its ties to Russia.

Source: CNN, The Associated Press

President Trump kicked off his week by tweeting about Russia. On Monday morning, Trump took a quote from Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) criticizing Hillary Clinton for blaming her loss on outside factors as a suggestion that it's time to move on from the Russia investigation since "after one year of investigation" there's been "zero evidence" found. "Chuck Schumer just stated that 'Democrats should blame ourselves, not Russia,'" Trump wrote. He then questioned why investigators and "beleaguered" Attorney General Jeff Sessions aren't "looking into Crooked Hillary's crimes." In a separate tweet, Trump proposed a change to his signature campaign phrase: "Drain the Swamp should be changed to Drain the Sewer — it's actually much worse than anyone ever thought, and it begins with the Fake News!"

Source: Donald J. Trump

On Monday, newly minted White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci announced the return of televised briefings. "The TV cameras are back on," Scaramucci tweeted. In his introductory appearance at Friday's press briefing following the news that Sean Spicer was resigning as White House press secretary, to be succeeded by Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Scaramucci said he'd "have to talk to the president" about resuming on-camera briefings; on CNN on Sunday, he said his "personal opinion" was that "we should put the cameras on." There were no on-camera briefings from the White House from June 29 until July 21, the day Spicer resigned and Scaramucci and Sanders held a briefing addressing the news.

Source: The Washington Post, Washington Examiner

On Monday, House and Senate Democratic leaders rolled out the Democratic Party's newly developed economic agenda, "A Better Deal: Better Jobs, Better Wages, Better Future." The agenda is a response to Democrats' disappointing performance in 2016; Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) has admitted "the number one thing that we did wrong is we didn't tell people what we stood for." The middle class-focused agenda prioritizes fighting corporate overreach and proposes an extensive infrastructure plan, paid family leave, more federal funding for job training, and an independent agency to monitor prescription drug prices. Democratic leaders unveiled the agenda in Berryville, Virginia, the county seat of a district Democrats need to win back to gain control of the House.

Source: Politico, The Washington Post

At least 24 people were killed and dozens more injured after a car bomb exploded in Kabul on Monday morning, the Afghan Interior Ministry said. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, claiming it was aimed at the Afghan intelligence service and its employees. A bomb-laden Toyota Corolla rammed into a minibus carrying government employees at the mines and petroleum ministry, and it destroyed the bus and three other cars, plus nearby shops, Kabul police spokesman Basir Mujahed said. "The bomber attacked at one of the busiest times of the day," and several children were among the wounded.

Source: CNN, The Associated Press
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