Good Friday morning.
Here’s what is on the president’s agenda today:
- The president and first lady have dinner with the vice president and the second lady
I have a condensed version of The Briefing for you this morning as we finish off what I call “Fourth of July week.”
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Nunes is also calling for testimony from two other Fusion GPS associates, Edward Baumgartner and Rinat Akhmetshin. Both worked with Fusion GPS on a project aimed at undermining the Magnitsky Act, a sanctions law vehemently opposed by the Kremlin. Some of Fusion GPS’s research for the project ended up in the hands of Russian general prosecutor Yuri Chaika.
Akhmetshin, a former Soviet military officer, also has the distinction of being a member of the Russian delegation that met with Trump campaign officials in Trump Tower in June 2016. Akhmetshin has testified before the House Intelligence Committee as well as a grand jury impaneled by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
Akhmetshin’s link to both Fusion GPS and the Trump Tower meeting marks one of the stranger wrinkles in the Trump-Russia saga. He attended the Trump Tower meeting as part of the same anti-Magnitsky Act project that Fusion GPS was working on. The link has generated speculation that Akhmetshin provided information that ended up in the Steele dossier. But both Akhmetshin and Fusion GPS’s Glenn Simpson have claimed that Simpson was unaware of that meeting until it was reported last July.
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Historical picture of the day:
Mick Jagger, left, and Keith Richards, members of the rock group Rolling Stones, are shown during an evening concert at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas, on Sunday, July 6, 1975. The crowd attendance was estimated at 50,000 fans. (AP Photo)
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And that’s all I’ve got, now go beat back the angry mob!