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Trump keeps conflating Russian meddling and collusion, and experts worry it could have a devastating effect on national security

President Donald Trump has a habit of conflating Russian election interference and Russian collusion. Experts worry that his trademark response that there was "no collusion" also translates to an unwillingness to address Russia's continuing attacks on the US electoral system.
President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin shake hands during a joint press conference in Helsinki, Finland.

Trump reportedly fawned over Putin after their meeting and told aides the Russian leader was strong, smart, and cunning

President Donald Trump was reportedly surprised at the backlash over his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki last week. Trump reportedly thinks highly of Putin, specifically admires how he is "strong, smart and cunning" and enjoyed connecting with Russia, a powerhouse nation.

‘Totally unheard of & perhaps illegal’: Trump erupts amid news that Michael Cohen may have secretly recorded a conversation with him

President Donald Trump said on Saturday that it was "inconceivable" that the "government would break into" the office of his former longtime lawyer Michael Cohen. He added that it was "totally unheard of & perhaps illegal" for a "lawyer to tape a client."

We just witnessed the 10 most disastrous days of Trump’s presidency

From the NATO summit, to President Trump's visit to the UK, to his surreal press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin, to his comments here in the US, the last week and a half has been one of the worst since Trump took office.

Prominent GOP congressman and former CIA agent says Trump is being manipulated by Putin

GOP Rep. Will Hurd wrote that "by playing into Vladimir Putin’s hands, the leader of the free world actively participated in a Russian disinformation campaign that legitimized Russian denial and weakened the credibility of the United States to both our friends and foes abroad."

‘It would be unprecedented’: Republicans balk at possibility of interviewing interpreter who was in room with Trump and Putin

After some Democratic lawmakers called for a hearing to question the American interpreter who sat in on President Donald Trump's nearly two hour-long meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, the proposal appears to be going nowhere.
Maria Butina.

29-year-old Russian suspect Maria Butina viewed trading sex for favors as a ‘necessary aspect of her activities’ in the US, DOJ says

The Department of Justice says Maria Butina gained access to an "extensive network" of influential US individuals through a person denoted in a document as "US Person 1," widely believed to be the GOP strategist Paul Erickson.
Maria Butina.

Indicted Russian national Maria Butina once reportedly tried to quiz a left-leaning civil rights group about its cyber vulnerabilities

Maria Butina, the Russian gun rights activist charged with being a Russian agent, reportedly tried to interview a left-leaning civil rights group in 2017 about its cyber vulnerabilities. Butina's reported outreach could be indicative of Russia's continued efforts to infiltrate US politics.
Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) speaks during a House Foreign Affairs Europe, Eurasia and Emerging Threats Subcommittee hearing.

Pro-Russia congressman thinks the indictment of Maria Butina is part of a ‘deep state’ plot against Trump

California Rep. Dana Rohrabacher called the indictment of a Russian national linked to the National Rifle Association "ridiculous" and part of a "deep state" attempt to undermine President Donald Trump's credibility.
Maria Butina.

Grand jury indicts Maria Butina, a Russian national with deep ties to the NRA, for conspiracy and acting as a Russian agent

A grand jury indicted Maria Butina, a Russian gun rights activist with deep ties to the National Rifle Association. Butina is charged with conspiracy against the US and acting as an unregistered agent of the Russian government.