Today in 5 Lines
Donald Trump Jr. released copies of his emails with Rob Goldstone, a music publicist and acquaintance, in which they arranged a meeting with a “Russian government lawyer,” who had potentially damaging information about Hillary Clinton. Democrats and Republicans in Congress expressed alarm over the email exchanges. In a statement, President Trump said his son is a “high-quality person and I applaud his transparency.” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell postponed the start of the chamber’s summer recess until the third week of August. A Marine Corps spokesman confirmed that 15 Marines and a Navy corpsman were killed in a plane crash in Mississippi.
- President Donald Trump came to the defense of his eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., after emails revealed he was offered damaging information on Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in June 2016 from a Russian lawyer. Following Trump Jr.’s interview on Fox News, the president said his son “was open, transparent and innocent.” (The New York Times)
- Christopher Wray, Trump’s nominee to lead the Federal Bureau of Investigation, is scheduled to be on Capitol Hill today for what could be a tough Senate confirmation hearing over issues like the Russia investigation and morale of FBI agents. (The Wall Street Journal)
- Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who canceled the Senate’s first two weeks of August recess, said revised text for the leadership-backed health care bill will be introduced Thursday. He said his goal is for the Congressional Budget Office to score the measure early next week before proceeding to a vote that same week. (The Hill)
- The House Appropriations Committee introduced legislation that would fund Trump’s border wall, a provision that could spark a government shutdown fight if the bill makes it to the Senate intact. Senate Democrats are likely to object to including the provision in a government spending bill for fiscal 2018, which begins on Oct. 1. (Politico)
- A plurality of registered voters (40 percent) said North Korea is the top threat to the United States, according to a new poll. Thirty percent said the Islamic State terror group is the biggest threat, while 16 percent said it’s Russia. (Morning Consult)