White House Infighting in Overdrive Following Latest Russia Controversy:

White House Infighting in Overdrive Following Latest Russia Controversy:

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Donald Trump, Trump Jr., and Jared Kushner before they were cast in House of Cards. Photo: Patrick McMullan/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images

On Tuesday, Donald Trump Jr. released emails in which an acquaintance tells him the Russian government wants to swing the U.S. presidential election in his father’s favor and would like to present him with some incriminating information about Hillary Clinton. Trump Jr.’s response: “I love it.”

This digital “smoking gun” raises complex legal questions about potential violations of federal election law and criminal conspiracy law, and what that means for the ongoing probe into Russia’s election meddling. But if you’re just here for juicy tales of White House backstabbing, it was still a pretty monumental day. One outside Trump ally told the Washington Post that the situation in the White House is like a “Category 5 hurricane” right now, and last night yielded about a week’s worth of leaks about the turmoil within the White House (or what might be a year’s worth of gossip in a previous administration). Here are the most intriguing reports.

President Trump Signed Off on Trump Jr.’s Initial Statement
When the New York Times broke the story about Trump Jr.’s meeting with a Kremlin-connected lawyer on Saturday, he responded with a short statement saying they “primarily discussed a program about the adoption of Russian children.” On Tuesday night, the Times revealed that this statement — which was “so incomplete that it required day after day of follow-up statements, each more revealing than the last” — was crafted by a group of Trump advisers on Air Force One as they returned to Europe.

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