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TIME

Don Jr. on the cover of TIME, where David Von Drehle writes: "The most pressing question of our time might be: How bad is it?"

  • "This much is now clear, thanks to Trump Jr.'s Twitter stream: whether the Trumps teamed up with the Russians or not, they certainly wanted to."
  • On whether Jared Kushner read the emails: "Kushner maintains that he failed to read to the bottom of the email invitation to the meeting, so he did not understand the Russian promise it contained. 'It was on the fourth page of a forwarded conversation,' said a source familiar with Kushner's knowledge."
  • "The #FakeNews defense won't work when the Trump family is the one tweeting the potentially incriminating emails. And all of Washington has awakened to the fact that the Russia issue has spiraled beyond anyone's control."

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