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Face the Nation July 16, 2017 Transcript: Warner, Paul, Sekulow

JOHN DICKERSON, CBS HOST: Today on FACE THE NATION: fallout from news the Trump campaign was eager to work with Russians seeking to influence the election, and another setback for Senate Republicans trying to get a health care bill passed.

President Trump left the Washington heat behind, and spent the weekend enjoying golf at his club in New Jersey after news that upended months of denials from Trump officials about contacts with the Russians during the presidential campaign.

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DONALD TRUMP JR., SON OF DONALD TRUMP: It’s disgusting. It’s so phony. I can’t think of bigger lies.

DICKERSON: Did anyone involved in the Trump campaign have any contact with Russians trying to meddle with the election?

KELLYANNE CONWAY, COUNSELOR TO THE PRESIDENT: Absolutely not.

DICKERSON: Did any adviser or anybody in the Trump campaign have any contact with the Russians who were trying to meddle in the election?

MIKE PENCE, VICE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: Oh, of course not.

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DICKERSON: But, this week, the president’s son Donald Jr. released e-mails documenting that he and other campaign officials had met with a Russian attorney last summer, with the promise of receiving negative material about Hillary Clinton.

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DONALD TRUMP JR: I’m more than happy to be transparent about it. And I’m more than happy to cooperate with everyone.

SEAN HANNITY, FOX NEWS HOST: So, as far as you know, as far as this incident is concerned, this is all of it?

DONALD TRUMP JR.: This is everything. This is everything.

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DICKERSON: Well, not quite everything. As we later learned, a former member of the Russian military who worked with counterintelligence was also in that meeting. The president defended his son’s actions.

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DONALD TRUMP, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: Most people would have taken that meeting. It’s called opposition research.

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DICKERSON: Democrats said it proved the campaign had colluded with the Russians.

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