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5/12/2017 4:13:00 PM
Durbin say Trump is dangerous; lawyers push back

WASHINGTON (AP) — The No. 2 Senate Democrat, Dick Durbin of Illinois, says President Donald Trump is "dangerous."

Durbin says Trump is "dangerous because he may be obstructing justice" in the investigation of Russia's involvement in the 2016 election and possible ties to Trump's own campaign.

And, Durbin says, "his credibility has been destroyed."

Durbin says: "When you're the leader of the free world you need to be credible" — in your own country and around the world. The Illinois Democrat says Trump has lost credibility, given his firing of FBI Director James Comey and a constantly shifting explanation for why it happened.

Durbin made his comments Friday on "Morning Joe" on MSNBC.

Lawyers for President Donald Trump said today that a review of his last 10 years of tax returns did not reflect “any income of any type from Russian sources.”

In a letter released to the AP and dated March 8, the attorneys said there is no equity investment by Russians in entities controlled by Trump or debt owed by Trump to Russian lenders. But it did reflect some exceptions, including income from the 2013 Miss Universe pageant that was held in Moscow and a property sold to a Russian billionaire in 2008 for $95 million.

The White House said Trump asked his lawyers for the letter to outline information on any ties Trump might have to Russia.  The letter was then provided to Sen. Lindsey Graham. Graham leads one of the congressional committees investigating Russia’s interference in last year’s election.

The letter came amid an active FBI probe into the Trump 2016 campaign’s possible ties to Russia’s election meddling and days after Trump’s stunning firing of FBI Director James Comey.

“I have no investments in Russia, none whatsoever,” Trump said Thursday in an interview with NBC News. “I don’t have property in Russia. A lot of people thought I owned office buildings in Moscow. I don’t have property in Russia.”

The president said he “had dealings over the years,” including the Miss Universe pageant and the sale of a home to “a very wealthy Russian.” ‘’I had it in Moscow a long time ago, but other than that I have nothing to do with Russia,” he said, referring to the pageant.

When Trump was pressed during a campaign conference last year about his ties to Russia, he said: “You know the closest I came to Russia, I bought a house a number of years ago in Palm Beach,” adding that “I sold it to a Russian for $100 million.”


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