Situational awareness: Piers Morgan interviewed President Trump today. The interview will air on British channel ITV.
President Trump's royal welcome was overshadowed today by his own Justice Department, as the Mueller investigation charged 12 Russians with hacking Democrats during the 2016 elections — and this comes just three days before Trump's meeting with Vladimir Putin.
The big picture: The Mueller investigation's charges today directly tie the Russian government to 2016 election hacking, charging 12 Russian intelligence officers with hacking U.S. Democratic candidates and organizations. The charges also include conspiracy and money laundering.
Just hours before the indictments came down, Trump blasted the Mueller investigation while overseas:
What they're saying:
Be smart: These indictments are unlikely to ever put Russians in U.S. prisons, but they will up the political pressure and could mean frozen assets for those with money overseas.
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Today's Axios PM Friday beach read ... "The Bone and Sinew of the Land: America's Forgotten Black Pioneers and the Struggle for Equality," by Anna-Lisa Cox (PublicAffairs):