On June 9, 2016, Donald Trump Jr. and key members of Donald Trump's presidential campaign met with Russian operatives inside Trump Tower in New York City hoping to obtain damaging material on Democrat Hillary Clinton.

Roughly six weeks later, Junior - who attended the Trump Tower meeting intending on getting help from Russia to boost his dad's campaign - dismissed rumors about Russian election interference efforts as "disgusting," "phony," and "lies."

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Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) began reading Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation report live on the Senate floor right after Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) tried to blame Democrats for Russia's attack on the 2016 election in addition to accusing them of hysteria over the Mueller Report.

"You and I both took an oath, McConnell," Warren tweeted. "To defend the Constitution of the United States – not to protect . Congress must consider the evidence provided in the Mueller Report and hold the President accountable."

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President Donald Trump on Thursday lashed out at his predecessor, Barack Obama, following revelations within Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report that Trump's presidential campaign knowingly benefited from Russian election interference in 2016.

"The investigation established that the Russian government perceived it would benefit from a Trump presidency and worked to secure that outcome, and the campaign expected it would benefit electorally from information stolen and released through Russian efforts," the report states. Mueller could not establish, however, that the Trump campaign participated in a coordinated effort with the Russians.

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) threatened to condemn President Barack Obama's administration if it had gone public after learning about Russian efforts to disrupt the 2016 election in favor of Donald Trump, according Greg Miller of The Washington Post.

Miller told CNN on Tuesday the CIA warned McConnell that "[Russian President Vladimir] Putin is overseeing" an "operation to help elect Trump."

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US President Donald Trump (L) chats with Russia's President Vladimir Putin as they attend the APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting, part of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders' summit in the central Vietnamese city of Danang on November 11, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / SPUTNIK / Mikhail KLIMENTYEV (Photo credit should read MIKHAIL KLIMENTYEV/AFP/Getty Images)

Russia's interference in the 2016 election almost certainly helped propel Donald Trump to the presidency, according to a new book: Cyberwar: How Russian Hackers and Trolls Helped Elect a President––What We Don't, Can't, and Do Know.

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