Jul 10, 2017

Axios PM

1 big thing: Trump Jr. hires a new lawyer

Donald Trump Jr. has retained defense attorney Alan Futerfas, who opened his own firm in 1994, to represent him on issues relating to the Russia probe, per a Karen Freifeld scoop for Reuters.

His statements since this morning, delivered via Twitter:

  • "Obviously I'm the first person on a campaign to ever take a meeting to hear info about an opponent... went nowhere but had to listen."
  • "No inconsistency in statements, meeting ended up being primarily about adoptions. In response to further Q's I simply provided more details."
  • And in response to Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) calling on him to appear before the Senate Intelligence Committee: "Happy to work with the committee to pass on what I know."

And at the White House, deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the "the only thing inappropriate" about the meeting is "the people who leaked" details.

Go deeper: Axios' Shane Savitsky introduces the figures in Trump's meeting.

What you missed
  1. The GOP majority on media, college: 85% of Republicans think the national news media has a negative effect on the country, compared to 46% of Democrats. The chart.
  2. Where Medicaid cuts hit hardest: New report on how the Senate health bill would affect children with special conditions, such as cystic fibrosis, autism, and Down syndrome. Details.
  3. Border wall standoff: The House Freedom Caucus is poised to fight over border wall funding. Preview.
  4. The Comey memos: Today was marked by back-and-forth after a report claiming multiple Comey memos contained classified information. The latest.
  5. The Senate plans to release a revised health bill on Thursday, with the hopes of a vote later next week.
1 neat thing

Teddy Fischer, a sophomore high schooler in Washington state, called Defense Secretary James Mattis after his number was leaked in the press. To his surprise, Mattis called him back.