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.
What you missed
- 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.
- 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.
- Border wall standoff: The House Freedom Caucus is poised to fight over border wall funding. Preview.
- The Comey memos: Today was marked by back-and-forth after a report claiming multiple Comey memos contained classified information. The latest.
- 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.