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dibrova/iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Mark Corallo, the spokesperson for President Donald Trump's legal team working on the Russia probe has resigned, ABC News has learned.

Corallo has tendered his resignation, just one day after the president discussed the Russia probe in a wide-ranging interview with the New York Times.

Corallo did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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Credit: Architect of the Capitol(WASHINGTON) -- Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, is threatening to issue subpoenas to compel Paul Manafort and Donald Trump Jr. to testify before Congress if they do not cooperate with the panel’s ongoing investigation and appear for a public hearing next week.

“If they don’t voluntarily come, they will be subpoenaed,” Grassley told reporters Thursday morning.

On Wednesday, the panel formally invited both men to appear before the committee next Wednesday for a hearing on 2016 presidential election interference. Committee investigators also requested a litany of documents from both men related to campaign contacts with Russian officials.

Manafort, President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, and Trump Jr., the president’s eldest son, are still reviewing the Judiciary Committee's requests.

“Am I concerned? No,” said Dianne Feinstein, D-California, the committee’s top Democrat. “I’m not concerned because if they don’t they will be subpoenaed.”

Both men have come under increased scrutiny for a controversial meeting they had with a Russian lawyer in June of 2016 at Trump Tower.

Through an intermediary, Donald Trump Jr. set up a meeting with a “Russian government attorney” who had offered "official documents and information that would incriminate Hillary [Clinton]," according to emails Trump Jr. released from a conversations with Rob Goldstone, the publicist who offered to set up the meeting.

“If it’s what you say I love it especially later in the summer,” Trump Jr. wrote to Goldstone.

Trump Jr. invited Manafort and brother-in-law Jared Kushner, now a senior White House adviser, to meeting with Natalia Veselnitskaya, the Russian lawyer. Kushner is set to appear for an interview behind closed doors with the Senate Intelligence Committee next week.

The Senate Judiciary Committee has also invited Glenn Simpson, a political operative and founder of the research firm Fusion GPS, to appear for the hearing next week. Simpson’s firm was reportedly associated with a pro-Russian lobbying campaign in Washington and has also been connected to the dossier of unverified allegations against Trump collected by his political opponents during the presidential campaign.

Grassley has written to the Justice Department with concerns that Fusion GPS may have violated U.S. lobbying laws.

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ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- The White House did not refute comments made by President Donald Trump about special counsel Robert Mueller in a candid and wide-ranging interview Wednesday, reiterating Trump's claim that the investigation should not analyze Trump family finances outside the scope of the Russia probe.

"The point he's trying to make is that the clear purpose of the Russia investigation is to review Russia's meddling in the election and that that should be the focus of the investigation, nothing beyond that," said principal deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders at Thursday's White House Press briefing in one of her many responses to questions about Trump’s interview with three New York Times reporters in the Oval Office Wednesday.

Sanders added that Trump "has no intention" of pursuing Mueller's firing, even as Bloomberg reported Thursday that the special counsel is including business dealings in his review.

Warning to Mueller

In the interview with the Times, Trump said if former FBI Director Mueller started investigating his family's personal finances, specifically those unrelated to Russia, it would cross a line. One day later, the Bloomberg report said Mueller was doing just that.

“I think that’s a violation,” Trump told the Times Wednesday. "This is about Russia."

He wouldn’t go so far as to say he would fire Mueller over the matter, telling the Times that he "can’t answer that question because I don’t think it’s going to happen," but adding that if Mueller did investigate, the special counsel would find that Trump's finances are "extremely good."

Mueller was authorized in May to lead the probe into "any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the [Trump campaign]," according to the order naming him as special counsel. He may also look into "any matters that … may arise directly from the investigation," which could potentially include an inquiry into Trump's finances.

He is further granted "additional jurisdiction beyond that specified in his ... original jurisdiction," "or to investigate new matters that come to light" if the attorney general -- or Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, in this case, given Attorney General Jeff Sessions' recusal -- determines "whether to include the additional matters."

Regret about Sessions

Trump told the Times that he would not have nominated Sessions to be attorney general if he had known that he was going to recuse himself on the Russia probe. The president lamented that he ended up with a “second man, who’s a deputy,” referring to Rosenstein.

"Who is he?" asked Trump of the man he nominated in February for the Justice Department's No. 2 role.

On Sessions, Trump asked: “How do you take a job and then recuse yourself? If he would have recused himself before the job, I would have said, ‘Thanks, Jeff, but I can’t, you know, I’m not going to take you.’ It’s extremely unfair, and that’s a mild word, to the president."

On Thursday morning, Sessions responded to questions about whether he would remain in his position, given the president's comments.

“I have the honor of serving as attorney general, it's something that goes beyond any thought I would have ever had for myself," said Sessions. "We love this job, we love this department, and I plan to continue to do so as long as that is appropriate."

'Pleasantries' with Russian President Vladimir Putin

The president addressed his originally undisclosed G-20 dinner conversation with Putin, portraying it as a routine conversation. Trump told the Times that when he sat down to chat with Putin at the dinner attended by G-20 leaders and their spouses, it was because he wanted to say hello to his wife, Melania Trump, who was sitting next to Putin.

“She was sitting next to Putin and somebody else, and that’s the way it is," said President Trump. "So the meal was going, and toward dessert I went down just to say hello to Melania, and while I was there I said hello to Putin. Really, pleasantries more than anything else,”

Trump was originally seated next to first lady of Japan Akie Abe, but claimed that she spoke no English -- “like, not ‘hello,’” Trump said in the interview. Trump's claim about Abe’s English proficiency was later called into question when a video surfaced showing her delivering a 15-minute keynote address in English at an event in 2014.

The president did concede that at least part of the conversation with Putin strayed from “pleasantries.” He and Putin spoke about "Russian adoption," Trump said, the same topic the president's son Donald Trump Jr. originally claimed to have spoken about with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya at the June 2016 meeting that has come under scrutiny for the revelation that Trump Jr. believed he was attending in order to receive incriminating information about Hillary Clinton.

Arabella Kushner lightens the mood

During the interview -- which also included an attempt by Trump to discredit former FBI Director James Comey’s June testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee as well as discussion about the ongoing Republican efforts at health care reform -- two members of Trump's family made cameo appearances.

Ivanka Trump, with daughter Arabella Kushner in tow, entered the Oval Office and temporarily halted the conversation.

“His testimony is loaded up with lies, OK? But people didn’t — we had a couple people that said — Hi baby, how are you?” said Trump, pausing the discussion about Comey to greet his granddaughter. “She spoke with President Xi [Jinping of China],” Trump told the room.

"Honey? Can you say a few words in Chinese? Say, like, 'I love you, Grandpa,'" Trump said.

“Wo ai ni, Grandpa,” his granddaughter responded.

Trump described Arabella as “great,” “amazing,” and “unbelievable” before she left the room and the conversation reverted back to the stock market and then Russia.

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US Department of Justice(WASHINGTON) -- President Donald Trump's scathing rebuke of Attorney General Jeff Sessions in a recent interview is just the most recent public display of his displeasure with his pick to head the Department of Justice.

Trump's latest comments about Sessions' recusal from any Justice Department investigations related to Russian interference in the 2016 election show that Trump is still frustrated with Sessions' decision to step away from that particular duty.

Despite previously offering to resign so soon in his tenure, which Trump rejected, Sessions remained defiant Thursday, saying he plans to remain U.S. attorney general "as long as that is appropriate."

Here is a timeline of the ongoing relationship between Trump and Sessions and the developments that have contributed to its breakdown:

Feb. 28, 2016 -- Sessions endorses Trump

Sessions formally endorsed Trump's candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination days ahead of Super Tuesday, becoming the first sitting senator to do so. Trump's outsider bid continued to build momentum in the weeks leading up to the endorsement as the real estate mogul captured primary and caucus victories in three of the first four contests.

“I told Donald Trump, this isn’t a campaign, this is a movement,” Sessions said in a speech in Alabama announcing the endorsement.

Mar. 3, 2016 -- Sessions named chair of Trump's national security advisory council

Trump appointed Sessions to an official position on his campaign team, naming the Alabama senator the head of his national security advisory council.

"I am grateful for the opportunity to recommend and facilitate discussions among exceptional and experienced American military and diplomatic leaders to share insight and advice with Donald Trump, regardless of their political views," Sessions said in a release announcing the appointment.

April 27, 2016 -- Sessions and Russian ambassador attend Trump speech

In a moment that would later be heavily scrutinized, Sessions attended a foreign policy address given by Trump at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C. Also in attendance -- Russian Ambassador to the United States Sergey Kislyak. This year, as Kislyak's interactions with members of the administration -- including Sessions and national security adviser Michael Flynn -- became public, the White House pushed back on suggestions Kislyak met with Trump at the speech.

"To state they met or that a meeting took place is disingenuous and absurd," a senior White House official said in March 2017.

July 18, 2016, and Sept. 8, 2016 -- Sessions meets with Kislyak

Sessions met with Kislyak on at least two occasions last year. The first came during an event at the Republican National Convention hosted by the Heritage Foundation where the Russian ambassador was among a small group of diplomats with whom the Alabama senator spoke. The second was a meeting in Sessions' Washington, D.C., office that was also attended by staff members.

Though the Department of Justice would later categorize the meetings as routine, given Sessions' responsibilities as a senator, the encounters would play a role in Sessions' recusal as attorney general from all investigations related to Russian interference in the presidential election.

Nov. 18. 2016 -- Trump nominates Sessions to be attorney general

To the displeasure of some Democrats who questioned Sessions' record on civil rights and failed 1986 nomination to serve as a U.S. district court judge, Trump tapped Sessions to serve as his attorney general.

Jan. 10, 2017 -- Confirmation hearing comments

Sessions was questioned by Sen. Al Franken, D-Min., about what he would do as attorney general if evidence emerged that members of the Trump campaign communicated with Russia.

"Sen. Franken, I'm not aware of any of those activities," Sessions said. "I have been called a surrogate at a time or two in that campaign and I didn't have -- did not have communications with the Russians, and I'm unable to comment on it."

Mar. 2, 2017 -- Recusal from campaign-related investigations

After Sessions' meetings with Kislyak became public, he maintained that he did not answer Franken dishonestly because the discussions came in his capacity as a senator and not as a representative of the campaign.

Trump himself later said in a statement that Sessions "could have stated his response more accurately, but it was clearly not intentional."

As pressure built, however, Sessions announced that he would not participate in any ongoing or future inquiries into matters related to the presidential election.

"Let me be clear: I never had meetings with Russian operatives or Russian intermediaries about the Trump campaign," Sessions told reporters. "And the idea that I was part of a continuing exchange of information during the campaign between Trump surrogates and intermediaries to the Russian government are false."

Earlier in the day, Trump said he had "total" confidence in Sessions and didn't believe the attorney general should recuse himself. On March 3, Trump reiterated his earlier sentiments about Sessions' intentions and said that the "narrative is a way of saving face for Democrats losing an election that everyone thought they were supposed to win."

June 5, 2017 -- Travel ban frustration

Trump's frustration over his stalled plan to limit travel and immigration from a number of Middle Eastern and African countries boiled over as he unleashed a series of tweets seemingly blaming the Justice Department -- charged with defending the ban in court -- with the revised order's "watering down."

June 6, 2017 -- Sources say Sessions recently offered to resign

ABC News learns that Sessions had recently offered to resign as Trump continued to express frustration with the attorney general's decision to recuse himself from the election-tampering investigation.

During the day's White House press briefing, press secretary Sean Spicer, in response to questioning on whether Trump had confidence in Sessions, said, "I have not had that discussion with [President Trump]."

June 13, 2017 -- Sessions testifies in front of Senate committee

Sessions testified in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee, and issued a sweeping denial of any personal involvement in Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign.

"I have never met with, or had any conversation with, any Russians or any foreign officials concerning any type of interference with any campaign or election in the United States," Sessions told the Senate Intelligence Committee. "Further, I have no knowledge of any such conversations by anyone connected to the Trump campaign.”

Trump, apparently, was pleased with his performance. Principal deputy White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters that the president "wasn’t able to watch much of [Sessions' testimony] ... but what he did see, what he heard, he thought that Attorney General Sessions did a very good job, and in particular, was very strong on the point that there was no collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign.”

July 19, 2017 -- Trump slams Sessions in interview

Trump had a sit-down interview with The New York Times, during which he launched into a blistering rebuke of Sessions and his decision to recuse himself from anything relating to any presidential campaigns, including, most notably, the 2016 campaign.

"Sessions should have never recused himself, and if he was going to recuse himself, he should have told me before he took the job, and I would have picked somebody else," Trump said in the interview.

When asked whether Sessions gave the president a "heads up" before the recusal, Trump said: "Zero."

"So Jeff Sessions takes the job, gets into the job, recuses himself. I then have — which, frankly, I think is very unfair to the president. How do you take a job and then recuse yourself? If he would have recused himself before the job, I would have said, “Thanks, Jeff, but I can’t, you know, I’m not going to take you.” It’s extremely unfair, and that’s a mild word, to the president. So he recuses himself. I then end up with a second man, who’s a deputy," Trump said, referring to Rod Rosenstein.

July 20, 2017 -- Sessions responds, says he's staying

Asked Thursday for his reaction to Trump's comments, Sessions maintained that he will remain at his position "as long as that is appropriate."

"We in this Department of Justice will continue every single day to work hard to serve the national interest, and we wholeheartedly join in the priorities of President Trump," he said at a news conference today.

"I have the honor of serving as Attorney General, it's something that goes beyond any thought I would have ever had for myself,” he added. “We love this job, we love this department, and I plan to continue to do so as long as that is appropriate.”

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ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- The process of wrangling 50 Republican votes both for the Senate's proposed replacement health care plan as well as a straight repeal of Obamacare has so far proved impossible for Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and President Donald Trump.

Part of the trouble on healthcare stems from the factions within the Republican caucus of 52 senators, which provides the GOP's razor-thin margin in the chamber. The balancing act comes from the ideological splits within the Republican caucus in the Senate, as at least 10 of the 52 current Republicans are occasionally viewed as moderates on certain issues, while the remaining lawmakers are conservative of varying stripes.

An earlier version of the Senate bill was stymied after at least nine senators came out against it. The bill was adjusted to accommodate concerns, but at least four Republican senators said they would not vote in favor of it. Then after that, three moderate senators said that they wouldn't vote in favor of the procedural motion to bring a repeal vote to the floor and set the deadline for a replacement plan for two years.

John Hudak, a political scientist and senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, told ABC News that further tweaks to the replacement plan are not likely to help pull together a group of 50 of the 52 Republicans on the issue.

"If you move more to the middle, you lose people on the right," Hudak said.

"There's seemingly no combination where you get 50 votes in the middle of the conference where you only lose one person on either side of the party ... you can't move it where you only lose two people on one end," he said.

The 50-vote threshold factors in a tie-breaking vote from the vice president and comes under Senate rules that allow the majority to bypass the filibuster.

The only option Hudak sees as a mathematical possibility would be to focus on Democrats, but it "would be an all-out assault on Senate Republicans by Republicans."

"There probably are 50 votes in the Senate but you'd need 40 Democrats. You'd probably find five to 10 Republicans that could go for a fix of Obamacare ... but the political costs for McConnell are too high for him to enjoy the policy benefits," Hudak said.

And while Trump has been having both small and larger groups of senators over to the White House for coalition-building meals, Hudak doesn't think that will help.

"Mitch McConnell is 100 times more talented than the president when it comes to legislative coalition-building, so if Mitch McConnell can't do, Donald Trump will never be able to do it," Hudak said.

If there is a group that Trump may have more sway with, it's conservatives, says Hans Noel, an associate professor at Georgetown University.

"Even though he is not himself very conservative, most of his voters identify as conservative. Conservative elites and commentators don’t like him, but voters do," Noel said.

"They are also the ones who are most concerned about crossing Trump, because it is their voters who supported Trump and who might support a primary challenge. So conservatives are more likely to go along with him. Moderates are more likely to be from districts where Trump is not as popular, and are less likely to be worried about crossing his voters," he said.

But all of the Senate conservatives are currently on board with - or at least have not come out against - the latest version of the Republican Senate health care plan, meaning the only direction McConnell and Trump can turn to try to secure 50 votes is to the center of the party.

And for those moderates who oppose the current version of their plan, the possibilities of primary challenges is not unfounded: the Senate Conservatives Fund, a grassroots group that has a history of supporting primary challengers, sent out a release on Tuesday saying that they are seeking challengers for any "Obamacare Republicans" who vote against a repeal.

Trump himself didn't shy away from the suggestion of encouraging challengers for people who don't get in line, joking with Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., who was seated next to him at the lunch. Heller opposed the original Senate health care bill, siding with his centrist Republican governor Brian Sandoval over concerns for Nevadans who benefited from the state's acceptance of the Obamacare Medicaid expansion. He has not indicated how he would vote to advance the new GOP plan.

"This was the one we were worried about, you weren't there," he said, motioning to Heller. "You're going to be. Look, he wants to remain a senator, doesn't he?"

Trump added: "Any senator who votes against starting debate is really telling America that you're fine with Obamacare."

Supporters of his efforts during the health care reform process, which include his former rival Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, dismiss the comments.

"Listen, the president has his own way of communicating," Cruz said after the lunch meeting.

Hudak thinks such veiled threats aren't helpful.

"The public side of what the president has been doing has just been a total disaster. His tweeting or his suggestions that he'll [support] primary [challengers against] members of his own party ... he's not making any friends," Hudak said.

Burning those bridges, or at least charring them, may be a business tactic that is not helpful for Trump to carry over from his business empire and transfer into Washington, Noel said.

"I think a lot of the problem is simply that Trump isn’t very experienced with the kind of negotiations that are needed to pass a bill. Even if you believe he’s good at making deals in real estate, legislation is something entirely different. You can’t walk away from a bad deal and go looking somewhere else. You always have to deal with the same legislators," Noel told ABC News.

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Credit: Architect of the Capitol(WASHINGTON) -- The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates the most recent version of the Republican plan to repeal and replace Obamacare would cut the deficit by $420 billion over the next decade -- although 15 million people would lose their health insurance by 2018.

The estimate indicated that 22 million less people will be insured 10 years from now than would be insured under current law.

The CBO posted its latest analysis early Thursday afternoon after the Senate Budget Committee posted the GOP’s latest tweaks to its health care plan.

Even before the score was posted on Thursday, Democrats mocked Republicans for having "a new plan every day."

"We have now the plan-of-the-day that's put in front of us," Rep. Richard Neal, the ranking Democrat on the House Ways and Means Committee, said today. "I don't know how CBO has time to do anything else but score plans on a daily basis."

On Wednesday, the CBO projected that the GOP's "repeal-only" measure would cut the deficit by $473 billion over 10 years, but would result in an estimated 32 million more uninsured Americans by 2026, including 17 million more in 2018 alone.


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Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- President Donald Trump's criticism Wednesday of the top two officials at the Department of Justice led to speculation that Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein could resign their posts.

While both Sessions and Rosenstein expressed their commitment to their positions at a Thursday morning press conference, the headlines involving the pair have cast a spotlight on the third person in the Justice Department hierarchy, Associate Attorney General Rachel Brand.

Brand, the first woman to serve as associate attorney general, was nominated by Trump in February and confirmed by the Senate by a 52-46 margin in May. She was previously appointed to federal government positions by both former Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama.

During her confirmation hearing in March, during which she was questioned alongside Rosenstein, Brand said that she would “strive to undertake [her] role with integrity, independence and fidelity to constitutional principles and the rule of law.”

After growing up in Iowa, Brand attended the University of Minnesota, Morris, and Harvard Law School. She has since cycled between public and private positions during her career as a lawyer.

Following a clerkship with Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, Brand worked at the law firm Cooper, Carvin and Rosenthal, according to her Senate questionnaire. She also worked on former North Carolina Republican Sen. Elizabeth Dole’s presidential campaign, according to a 1999 article in the Legal Times.

Brand's first executive branch experience, as detailed in the questionnaire, came at the age of 27 when she joined the Bush administration, first as an assistant counsel under Alberto Gonzales, then later as the principal deputy assistant attorney general in the Office of Legal Policy, where she focused on issues related to the war on terror.

In 2005, she was confirmed by the Senate as the assistant attorney general for the Office of Legal Policy. She left the position in 2007.

Brand's career then took her to the law firm Wilmer Hale -- a firm that gained recent notice as the former employer of special counsel Robert Mueller and additional attorneys on his team.

In 2011, Brand joined the Chamber of Commerce’s National Litigation Center as the chief counsel for regulatory litigation and in 2012 was confirmed by the Senate to join Obama's Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board.

During her May testimony, Brand said she would be committed to defending the U.S., saying, “My client will be the United States, and my role will be to serve the public interest and the interest of justice, representing that client as best I can.”

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US Senate(WASHINGTON) -- At home recovering from surgery and after his office announced Wednesday he had been diagnosed with a brain tumor, Arizona Sen. John McCain tweeted that he'd be back soon on Capitol Hill.

"I greatly appreciate the outpouring of support," the Republican senator tweeted out, adding, "Unfortunately for my sparring partners in Congress, I'll be back soon, so stand-by!"

I greatly appreciate the outpouring of support - unfortunately for my sparring partners in Congress, I'll be back soon, so stand-by!

— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) July 20, 2017

McCain's office and the Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix announced Wednesday night that McCain had surgery on Friday to remove a blood clot in his left eye.

"Subsequent tissue pathology revealed that a primary brain tumor known as a glioblastoma was associated with the blood clot," the hospital said in a statement.

According to the hospital, McCain and his family are reviewing further treatment options, which may include a combination of chemotherapy and radiation.

McCain's Senate office said he is in "good spirits" and recovering at home in Arizona with his family.

"Further consultations with Senator McCain's Mayo Clinic care team will indicate when he will return to the United States Senate," the statement said.

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JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Attorney General Jeff Sessions said he plans to continue as attorney general a day after President Donald Trump said in an interview that he would not have nominated the former Alabama senator if he had known he would recuse himself in the Russia investigation.

"I have the honor of serving as attorney general. It's something that goes beyond any thought I would have ever had for myself. We love this job. We love this department and I plan to continue to do so as long as that is appropriate," Sessions said at a press conference Thursday morning on cyber security.

Trump criticized Sessions' decision in March to step away from matters related to last year's election in a lengthy interview with The New York Times Wednesday, going so far as to express regret over appointing him to lead the Department of Justice.

"Sessions should have never recused himself and if he was going to recuse himself he should have told me before he took the job and I would have picked somebody else," Trump told the Times.

He added: "If he would have recused himself before the job, I would have said, ‘Thanks, Jeff, but I’m not going to take you.’ It’s extremely unfair -- and that’s a mild word -- to the president.”

Sessions steadfastly maintained Thursday that he would continue his work, even as reporters asked about Trump's comments.

"We in this Department of Justice will continue every single day to work hard to serve the national interests and we wholeheartedly join in the priorities of President Trump," said Sessions.

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Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- Meghan McCain shared a moving message about her father shortly after news broke Wednesday night that the Arizona senator's doctors had found a brain tumor during recent surgery -- calling him her "hero" and saying "my love for my father is boundless."

Meghan McCain is known to have a close relationship with her father.

Tissue analysis after a blood clot was removed from the senior Arizona senator's head revealed that he had glioblastoma, which has a five-year survival rate of 4 percent for patients over 55, according to the American Cancer Society.

A statement from the Mayo Clinic said: "Scanning done since the procedure (a minimally invasive craniotomy with an eyebrow incision) shows that the tissue of concern was completely resected by imaging criteria."

Meghan McCain shared her thoughts on her father's diagnosis in a screenshot posted on her Twitter account and later on her Instagram account.

The text of the message reads:

"The news of my father's illness has affected every one of us in the McCain family. My grandmother, mother, brothers, sister, and I have all endured the shock of the news, and now we live with the anxiety about what comes next. It is an experience familiar to us, given my father's previous battle with cancer - and it is familiar to the countless American families whose loved ones are also stricken with the tragedy of disease and the inevitability of age. If we could ask anything of anyone now, it would be the prayers of those who understand this all too well. We would be so grateful for them.

It won't surprise you to learn that in all this, the one of us who is the most confident and calm is my father. He is the toughest person I know. The cruelest enemy could not break him. The aggressions of political life could not bend him. So he is meeting this challenge as he has every other. Cancer may afflict him in many ways: but it will not make him surrender. Nothing ever has.

My love for my father is boundless, and like any daughter I cannot and do not wish to be in a world without him. I have faith that those days remain far away. Yet even in this moment, my fears for him are overwhelmed by one thing above all: gratitude for our years together, and the years still to come. He is a warrior at dusk, one of the greatest Americans of our age, and the worthy heir to his father's and grandfather's name. But to me he is something more. He is my strength, my example, my refuge, my confidante, my teacher, my rock, my hero - my dad. - MMM"

She wasn't the only one in the family to share support and personal memories online. Meghan's mother, the senator's wife Cindy McCain, posted a picture from their wedding in May 1980 on her Instagram account.

The caption reads: "Thank all of you for the wonderful thoughts. @senjohnmccain is doing well. We as a family will face the next hurdle together. One thing I do know is he is the toughest person I know. He is my hero and I love him with all my heart."

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- The Republican junior senator who serves with Sen. John McCain representing Arizona described how he learned of his elder colleague's brain cancer diagnosis through a casual comment in a conversation Wednesday.

"I called him before we heard of the diagnosis and spoke to him for several minutes about what was going on on Capitol Hill and what he was missing," Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) said in an interview Thursday with ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos on Good Morning America.

"And only at the end of the conversation, I asked him how he was feeling today, and he said, 'I'm feeling fine but I might have some chemotherapy in my future,'" Flake said. "And that's how I learned of it. So it was almost in passing about his diagnosis."

Flake added, "He's optimistic, obviously. He's John McCain; that's what we expect."

Wednesday night, the Mayo Clinic and the Arizona Republican's office officially announced McCain's diagnosis, a primary brain tumor of a type called glioblastoma which was related to a blood clot above the senior senator's eye that he had removed last week.

"On Friday, July 14, Sen. John McCain underwent a procedure to remove a blood clot from above his left eye at Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix," reads a statement from the clinic, released at the request of McCain. "Subsequent tissue pathology revealed that a primary brain tumor known as a glioblastoma was associated with the blood clot."

The statement continues, "The Senator and his family are reviewing further treatment options with his Mayo Clinic care team. Treatment options may include a combination of chemotherapy and radiation."

McCain's doctors say he is recovering from surgery "amazingly well" and "his underlying health is excellent," according to the statement.

Flake, who began his career in Congress as an intern decades ago, said it's unclear when and if McCain will return to Capitol Hill. Flake said he can't imagine a Senate without him.

"He is a steady force; one who stands for the institution and bipartisanship, and I cannot overstate what an impact he has in the Senate," Flake said on GMA Thursday. "We need him back here and he wants to be back here."

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The White House(WASHINGTON) -- Thursday marks President Trump’s 182nd day in office, capping six-months since he was inaugurated.

While reporters don’t catch wind of every meeting Trump holds, the daily guidance that the White House releases on the president’s schedule often shows more depth than President Obama’s schedule regularly revealed. Trump frequently releases information on not just events open to the White House press pool, but also his closed events -- even mundane appointments with his chief of staff or meals with officials and lawmakers, the most common dining companion being Vice President Mike Pence, who has broken bread with the president at least 20 times.


Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has had 24 noticed meetings with the president, the most of any confirmed administration official. So the former Exxon CEO may be Trump’s favorite cabinet secretary, or they simply have a lot of pressing diplomatic concerns to talk about.


The president has held at least 41 meetings with members of Congress, including at least 14 on health care reform. The reality is likely far higher, as lawmakers frequently accept invitations or visit privately. Trump has even held a few meetings with Democrats, including Rep. Elijah Cummings, another with the Congressional Black Caucus, and senators from both parties for cocktails and a performance from the U.S. Army Chorus and U.S. Marine Chamber Orchestra.


Trump has signed 42 pieces of legislation, including 19 resolutions and 23 laws, even though Republicans have been blasted as a do-nothing Congress since health care repeal still has not reached the Resolute Desk for the president’s signature.


During his first 100 days, Trump did not take an international trip. But in the interim, he has made three trips abroad, touching down in eight countries: Saudi Arabia, Israel, Belgium, Italy, Vatican City, Poland, Germany and France. The president has also traveled across the United States for five campaign rallies, and has a sixth planned in Youngstown, Ohio next week on July 25. He’s also taken 11 trips to Mar-A-Lago and Bedminster, New Jersey, and spent one weekend at Camp David.

Air Travel: 59 flights on Marine One; 52 flights on AF1 across 20 total missions on Air Force One.


Trump’s six-month job approval is the worst of any president ever in polling, according to a new ABC News/Washington Post poll. Thirty-six percent of Americans approve of Trump’s job performance, down six points from his 100-day mark, which also marked a record low. The previous president closest to this level at or near six months was Gerald Ford, at 39 percent, in February 1975.


Thirty-seven is the number of days on which Trump has visited one of his golf courses (20.3 percent). The White House does not regularly read out Trump’s golf partners, or even if he’s hit any balls, though aides often detail his official business he conducts from the club, such as phone calls with foreign leaders.


President Trump has never been shy about using the phone, and he’s communicated on 102 occasions with foreign leaders. British Prime Minister Theresa May and the president have spoken at least eight times on the phone, including several calls after terrorist attacks in the United Kingdom.


The president has had 47 bilateral meetings with foreign leaders, including one formal bilateral meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.


This figure represents the number of encounters the president had with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Beyond the July 7 bilateral meeting, Trump has had at least two other one-on-one encounters with Putin in person at the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, and the duo have exchanged words on three phone calls.


Trump has held just one solo news conference -- when he announced his labor nominee. In addition to that solo press conference, Trump has taken questions at 12 joint news conferences with foreign leaders, pushing his total to 13. Trump is behind the pace of President Obama, who held a whopping 42 news conferences during his first year in office, including five solo newsers.


White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer has conducted 58 on-camera press briefings, although he has held just one so far in July as the White House has shifted its communications strategy off-camera.


Trump has been called upon as Consoler-in-Chief in the aftermath of gun violence once, after a gunman targeted a Republican congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia on June 14, which was also the president’s birthday. The president spoke from the Diplomatic Room, telling a national audience, “We may have our differences, but we do well, in times like these, to remember that everyone who serves in our nation’s capital is here because, above all, they love our country. We can all agree that we are blessed to be Americans, that our children deserve to grow up in a nation of safety and peace, and that we are strongest when we are unified and when we work together for the common good.” President Obama first spoke in the wake of a mass shooting on Nov. 5, 2009 after the Fort Hood shooting.


The number of town hall meetings the president has held.


The number of days left in Trump’s first term.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- President Donald Trump criticized Attorney General Jeff Sessions for recusing himself from the Russia probe in a lengthy interview with The New York Times Wednesday.

"Sessions should have never recused himself and if he was going to recuse himself he should have told me before he took the job and I would have picked somebody else," Trump told the Times.

He added: "If he would have recused himself before the job, I would have said, ‘Thanks, Jeff, but I’m not going to take you.’ It’s extremely unfair -- and that’s a mild word -- to the president.”

The investigation into Russian meddling in the U.S. election -- and any possible ties to the Trump campaign -- was a central focus of the interview, with the president repeating past assertions that he is not personally being scrutinized.

“I don’t think we’re under investigation,” he said. “I’m not under investigation. For what? I didn’t do anything wrong.”

Sessions did not immediately comment on the interview.

The Times also quotes the president as saying that Sessions "gave some bad answers" during his testimony before Congress. "He gave some answers that were simple questions and should have been simple answers, but they weren't," he said.

In the same report, President Trump says that special counsel Robert Mueller would cross a red line if his probe delved into Trump family finances not related to Russia, and that former FBI Director James Comey lied under oath, a claim he has made before.

The president additionally argues the Comey told him about a dossier of compromising material in an effort to implicitly threaten the commander-in-chief and keep his job.

President Trump also goes after Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and acting FBI director Andrew McCabe. Noting Rosenstein being from Baltimore, Trump said that there "are very few Republicans in Baltimore, if any." He went on to say that Rosenstein recommending the firing of Comey, but also appointing Mueller to investigate whether the firing constituted obstruction of justice is "a conflict of interest."

The president also cited money acting FBI director McCabe's wife received during a failed bid for Virginia state Senate from a political action committee affiliated with Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe -- a friend of Hillary and Bill Clinton.

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US Senate(WASHINGTON) -- Senator John McCain, who underwent surgery on a blood clot above his left eye, was diagnosed with a brain tumor, the Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix said.

McCain had the blood clot removed on Friday, and subsequent tissue pathology showed a primary brain tumor, called a glioblastoma, associated with the clot. Scanning done in the days since the procedure showed that the "tissue of concern was completely resected by imaging criteria."

McCain and his family are considering further treatment options, which could include chemotherapy and radiation.

His doctors say he is recovering from surgery "amazingly well" and "his underlying health is excellent," according to the statement.

In a statement, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called McCain "a hero to our Conference and a hero to our country."

"He has never shied from a fight and I know that he will face this challenge with the same extraordinary courage that has characterized his life," McConnell added.

McCain's daughter, Fox News host and contributor Meghan McCain, said that her father is "the toughest person I know," and that "he is meeting this challenge as he has every other. Cancer may afflict him in many ways, but it will not make him surrender. Nothing ever has."

Many others, including former President Barack Obama and McCain's 2008 running mate Sarah Palin also wished McCain well:

John McCain is an American hero & one of the bravest fighters I've ever known. Cancer doesn't know what it's up against. Give it hell, John.

— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) July 20, 2017


Karen & I are praying for @SenJohnMcCain. Cancer picked on the wrong guy. John McCain is a fighter & he'll win this fight too. God bless!

— Vice President Pence (@VP) July 20, 2017


Just spoke to @SenJohnMcCain. Tough diagnosis, but even tougher man.

— Jeff Flake (@JeffFlake) July 20, 2017

John McCain is as tough as they come. Thinking of John, Cindy, their wonderful children, & their whole family tonight.

— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) July 20, 2017

.@SenJohnMcCain has always been a warrior. It's who he is. All of us, not as Republicans or Democrats, but as Americans, are behind him.

— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) July 20, 2017


John and I have been friends for 40 years. He's gotten through so much difficulty with so much grace. He is strong - and he will beat this.

— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) July 20, 2017

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Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- White House senior adviser Jared Kushner has agreed to appear before the Senate Intelligence Committee as part of its investigation into Russian election meddling on Monday, July 24, ABC News has learned. The closed-door session sets up what could be one of the most highly anticipated interviews for lawmakers to date.

Kushner's lawyer Abbe Lowell confirmed the meeting to ABC News. “As Mr. Kushner has been saying since March, he has been and is prepared to voluntarily cooperate and provide whatever information he has on the investigations to Congress," Lowell said. "Working with and being responsive to the schedules of the committees, we have arranged Mr. Kushner's interview with the senate for July 24. He will continue to cooperate and appreciates the opportunity to assist in putting this matter to rest.”

The Senate Intelligence Committee has said since March that Kushner is one of many within the Trump administration it planned to question and Kushner has always maintained a willingness to cooperate.

The appearance by Kushner, who has kept a low public profile since joining the administration, marks a new phase in the investigation as one of the president's closest confidantes is called to answer questions.

Congressional investigators are expected to focus on Kushner's contacts with Russians during and immediately after the campaign. All contacts between the Trump campaign and Russian officials have come under intensified scrutiny following repeated denials from the Trump administration that there were no undisclosed meetings with Russians -- statements that have since been proven false.

Additionally, investigators are likely to ask about Kushner's failure to disclose some of those encounters on his security clearance application, as required by law. Another attorney for Kushner, Jamie Gorelick, has previously stated that Kushner's security clearance form, known as an SF-86, was "prematurely submitted" and that "among other errors, [it] did not list any contacts with foreign government officials." Kushner has since updated that form with all relevant meetings, including "over 100 calls or meetings with representatives of more than 20 countries," Gorelick told ABC News.

Wednesday morning, 22 House Democrats sent a letter to the acting director of the FBI raising questions about whether or not Kushner's wife, Ivanka Trump, may also have failed to disclose some of her husband's foreign contacts, as well as some of her own.

It was just over a week ago that reports surfaced that Kushner took part in another meeting connected to Russia, arranged in part by his brother-in-law Donald Trump Jr.

Trump Jr. agreed to meet with Russian attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya with the expectation of receiving incriminating information about then-Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton as part of a Russian government effort to help his father's campaign, according to emails Trump Jr. publicly released on Twitter. Those emails were forwarded by Trump Jr. to Kushner and then-campaign chairman Paul Manafort, who also attended the June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower. Donald Trump Jr. stated during an interview with Fox News that Kushner left that meeting about 10 minutes after it started. Additionally, sources with knowledge of the meeting told ABC News that Kushner did not read to the bottom of the four-page email chain that mentioned the pretext for the meeting.

The email chain shows a detailed conversation between Trump Jr. and Rob Goldstone, a music producer and acquaintance of Trump Jr. who had initiated the contact and helped arrange the meeting. Goldstone tells Trump Jr. in the emails, among other things, that he could provide "official documents and information that would incriminate Hillary and her dealings with Russia.”

Trump Jr. responded to the request for a meeting positively, saying to Goldstone, “if it’s what you say I love it.”

Members of both the Senate Intelligence Committee and Senate Judiciary Committee have said they also plan to call both Trump Jr. and Manafort -- the two have been invited to testify on July 26. Both Trump Jr. and Manafort have said they will cooperate, but have not confirmed their appearance on that date.

Kushner and now-former national security adviser Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn met with Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak at Trump Tower in New York last December. ABC News also confirmed that a meeting occurred, at Kislyak's request, between Kushner and Sergey N. Gorkov, the chief of Vnesheconombank, one of the Russian businesses affected by sanctions imposed by the Obama administration in the wake of Russian President Vladimir Putin's illegal annexation of Crimea.

Senate Intelligence Committee aides declined to comment on the Kushner interview.

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