Javier E. David (CNBC): Trump says Michael Flynn’s actions during transition were ‘lawful’

Ultimately, however, the case is mostly characterized by what an Associated Press report on Saturday referred to “lots of smoke, but no smoking gun.” Even the president’s sharpest detractors have been unable to find concrete evidence that his campaign may have coordinated with, or was even aware of, Russian efforts to swing the election.

Nancy Cook: Joint U.S.-Russia statement calls for U.N.-supervised elections in Syria

As part of a new joint statement on Syria between the U.S. and Russia, the two countries have agreed that Syria must eventually hold U.N.-supervised elections to bring new leadership to the country as part of the process of ending its multiyear civil war, according to two senior State Department officials.

NY TIMES: Clinton Campaign and Democratic Party Helped Pay for Russia Dossier

The presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee paid for research that was included in a dossier made public in January that contained salacious claims about connections between Donald J. Trump, his associates and Russia.

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